Par­ent sup­port group re­born

COU­PLE TURN PER­SONAL TRAGEDY INTO A GROUP TO HELP OTH­ERS

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Front Page - Su­sanne Reilly

WITH six chil­dren, nine grand­chil­dren and two big smiles be­tween them, it is hard to be­lieve Jan­ina and Wayne Faulkner once faced chal­lenges no par­ents would ever want.

With their first part­ners, both Jan­ina and Wayne faced the dif­fi­cul­ties and trauma as­so­ci­ated with still­borns and mis­car­riages.

But they have not let that get them down.

To­gether, they are hop­ing to build a net­work of sup­port agen­cies for WA so other par­ents can eas­ily find the sup­port they need.

Mrs Faulkner is the pres­i­dent of Sands WA, a not-for-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion of­fer­ing mis­car­riage, still­birth and new­born death sup­port.

With Mr Faulkner on the board, the cou­ple are build­ing a WA net­work of sup­port for men and women.

Sands WA formed in Perth in 1979, but fiz­zled out be­fore re-es­tab­lish­ing last year.

“It is a safe, non-judg­men­tal en­vi­ron­ment where peo­ple can share, lis­ten and connect with oth­ers who have been through the same things and of­fer un­der­stand­ing,” Mrs Faulkner said.

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Pic­ture: Elle Borg­ward

Jan­ina and Wayne Faulkner.

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