Men­tal health group fi­nally has a place to call home

Manjimup-Bridgetown Times - - News -

STAFF and clients of men­tal health sup­port or­gan­i­sa­tion Ten­der Care gath­ered at new Bridgetown meet­ing rooms on Fri­day for a morn­ing tea and of­fi­cial open­ing.

Ten­der Care has op­er­ated in Bridgetown for about 16 years, funded via the WA Men­tal Health Com­mis­sion and more re­cently the Na­tional Dis­abil­ity In­sur­ance Scheme.

Un­til now, though, its Bridgetown sup­port work­ers have not had a ded­i­cated space to run groups and meet with clients, Joon­dalup com­mu­nity ser­vices man­ager Linda Bor­ri­son said.

“Our sup­port ser­vices are al­ways in de­mand – we’re look­ing to pro­vide as much ser­vice as we can in this area,” she said. “It’s all about re­con­nect­ing our clients with the com­mu­nity.”

Bridgetown co­or­di­na­tor Julie Brown said the new meet­ing rooms would be used to run classes on top­ics such as art, cook­ing and nu­tri­tion and even yoga.

“Once a week we do art and Jen (Go­er­ling) comes in once or twice a week to do her yoga, and we hope Chris­tine’s (Ash­bil) go­ing to as well,” Ms Brown said.

Clients are re­ferred to Ten­der Care through providers funded by the com­mis­sion and NDIS.

Pic­ture: Karen Hunt

Joon­dalup Ten­der Care com­mu­nity ser­vices man­ager Linda Bor­ri­son, right, was in Bridgetown on Fri­day to open a new space where Jen Go­er­ling, co­or­di­na­tor Julie Brown and Chris­tine Ash­bil will run groups and meet with clients.

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