Craig champions caring tolerance
How long have you lived in Stanley? I was born in Beechworth and lived there for 28 years before moving to Stanley for where I have lived for the last 12 years. I am one of six kids, which leads me to a funny story behind my birth date. I celebrated my birthday on May 25 for 16 years, until I got my birth certificate to play football for Beechworth under 18s and I discovered I was born on the May 24. When I queried my mother about this – the response was: “You were child number five and it was around midnight when you were born – it was all a bit of a blur”. Mmm… The rest is history. What’s your job? I have worked in the mental health community services sector for more than 12 years, starting with MIND Australia in 2005.
I am currently employed as a support facilitator with the ‘Partners in Recovery’ program in Albury with Anglicare Victoria. My aim in this role is to better support those in our community experiencing severe and persistent mental illness with complex needs, and their carers and families. We try and achieve this by getting services and supports to work in a more collaborative, coordinated, and integrated way. What brought you to this role? A friend suggested that I look into a position he had seen advertised, working with people experiencing mental health illnesses. I’ve always been a bit of a people person and felt that this type of work sat well with who I am as a person and complementing the nursing studies at the time. What do you love about your job? I love watching a person grow with confidence, discovering a sense of well-being and feeling a sense of connectedness to their community and social groups once again. What do you do in the community?
What’s the most important current community issue for you?
The Stanley water mining. I think it’s a disgrace that it is happening – not only in our back yard but anywhere for that matter.
What would you do to solve, change or improve that situation?
Make the broader Australian community aware of the issue and its possible impact on our way of life.
What’s the most important current world issue for you?
People’s tolerance for each other. It seems we are losing the ability to exercise tolerance these days.
If the person you’d most like to meet came to Indigo, or was already here, who would that be and what would you show them?
Richard Roxburgh. I would take him to a shed night I frequent with my mates. It’s an informal gathering where we get together and have done so for around 10 years, and it’s a space for laughter, conversation and mental well-being. Why take him to that? I think it fits well with his character – Cleaver Greene of the television show Rake.
BUILDING CONNECTIONS: Stanley’s Craig English loves his work in mental health community services sector and enjoys coaching kids in the AFL Auskick program.
I love coaching the AFL Auskick. The kids are great and it’s a good opportunity to meet new families coming into our community.