Potters wheel for the disabled

Seeing the results of Grants approved by Council something to savour.

A small group of elected members and senior staff from Council had just that opportunity as guests of the Broughton Society yesterday.

Council recently provided a community grant of $3000 to Don Chisholme from the Adelaide Potters Club to develop a wheelchair friendly potters wheel. Don is a member of one of Unley’s iconic community groups. What he has done with this invention is address the needs of another of our iconic community organisations.

Don & his wife behind the wheel

It was great to see the wheel in action and see it in the environment it was designed to assist. The Brougton Art Society, founded back in 1965 by the late Ian Broughton as The Arts Society for The Handicapped. Ian, a young man in his early twenties with muscular dystrophy, was resident at The Home for Incurables (now The Julia Farr Centre).
As a talented artist, Ian’s ambition was to provide
South Australian people with a physical disability the opportunity to:

  • Get together and discuss mutual problems
  • Hold exhibitions of members’ paintings
  • Produce Christmas and other seasonal cards,
  • calendars, etc
  • Establish a central workshop or studio
  • Obtain transport to go on painting expeditions
  • Obtain instructors and,
  • Purchase equipment and/or provide a pool of
    equipment from which members can borrow.

I was particularly impressed with the work of the Broughton Arts Society and thank them for the lunch they put on.

Well done Don and well done the Society.

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