Wodonga community therapy clinic Revive to close

We've done well for five years. I'm sure we've made a difference to quite a lot of people's lives, including our own

Maureen O'Neill

A WODONGA community clinic that has offered tactile therapies to homeless and disadvantaged people for more than five years will close next month.

REVIVE AND THRIVE: Osteopath Annabel Ranford provides her services to the community clinic.

REVIVE AND THRIVE: Osteopath Annabel Ranford provides her services to the community clinic.

Revive, which is overseen by St John’s Anglican Church, will hold the last of its twice-monthly clinics on December 12.

Secretary Maureen O’Neill and committee member Diana Ashley said volunteers’ other commitments had influenced this decision.

“We had no succession for the administration,” Mrs Ashley said.

Since 2012 Revive provided low-cost appointments from volunteer qualified therapists like remedial masseurs, kinesiologists, hairdressers and osteopaths.

The refreshments also gave clients the chance to sit and chat with others.

“A lot of them come from very dysfunctional backgrounds, but it’s been an absolute privilege to do it,” Mrs Ashley said.

“We’ve done well for five years,” Mrs O’Neill added.

“I’m sure we’ve made a difference to quite a lot of people’s lives, including our own, but the time has come, I think,” she said. “We’d rather go out on a high than peter out in the middle of the year.”