The crew turns out to be practical at the railroad museum | Keeper Cowra

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Cowra’s Handyman team have been instrumental in improving the Lachlan Valley Rail (LVR) Museum over the past few months.

“The focus of what we do is to work with NDIS (National Disability Insurance Scheme) participants to be able to help build employability skills,” said Rachel Swain, Commercial Director of Handyman Crew.

“The philosophy is that it’s a pathway to meaningful work, self-confidence, and the ability to get things done.”

Crew members William Stamp, Hannah Chamberlain, Tristan Sinclair and Gerald Jackson gained valuable workplace knowledge and skills at the LVR Museum in Cowra.

“We put a lot of pressure on the carts to remove the cobwebs, preparing them for painting.

“We also invested in a commercial point-of-sale (POS) machine so that their time could double as a retail training program.

“The museum suits these guys because it’s low pressure, it’s not people queuing to use the machine,” Ms Swain said.

Handyman Crew members spend a day or two at LVR every fortnight to learn and hone their new skills.

“Two or three of them are here between 10am and 4pm on Thursdays, which means we can free up the LVR volunteers to do tours while we cover the reception.

“It’s just a good environment where the crew members have a diversity of activities.

“Almost all the crew are interested in the trains and they help the company because they don’t have many people with time to deal with the reception.

“They can instead spend their time laying tracks and rebuilding engines while we do boring jobs like painting,” Ms Swain said.

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