IT'S business as usual for YADA volunteers.
Although the non-profit Young Adults Disability Association struggles to maintain its Hamel Road premises at Mt Pritchard, it will continue to work hard to keep all of its sites open for as long as it can.
YADA got a notice from its property agent at LJ Hooker Cabramatta about a month ago advising that rent would increase from $730 a month to about $1550 (including GST).
The reason was to keep the property competitive with surrounding shopfronts and commercial properties.
But YADA manager Buffy McDonald, who has been associated with the organisation for more than 10 years, said they simply couldn't afford it.
"We're a non-profit organisation which works with the under-serviced disabled community within the Liverpool and Fairfield local government areas to teach them new skills and give them something to occupy their time," she said.
"If we're forced to vacate Hamel Road we'll lose income [in excess of $10,000] and, even worse, what will we do with the volunteers who work at that site?
"We have a dozen women who do a day's work there every week and we're very worried about the affect on them if they have nowhere to go."
There are about 60 volunteers who donate their time to work at YADA in exchange for learning life skills within a like-minded social group.
The volunteers meet twice a week to participate in various activities which let them enhance their quality of life by adding to their skills, reducing their isolation and providing their carers with some much-appreciated time off.
Ms McDonald said YADA informed the property manager that they could not pay the increase and would have to vacate the site.
A spokeswoman for LJ Hooker Cabramatta said the agent was negotiating with the owner to allow YADA to stay in the premises at the regular rental price until a new tenant could be found.
She said YADA was paying rent at a price that had not increased in 13 years.
"I'm waiting for a response to my inquiries so for now the increase will not be charged."