Care bod­ies set to merge

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - OPINION -

CARLISLE-based com­mu­nity care provider Vol­un­teer Task Force is set to merge with two other com­mu­nity com­pa­nies to cre­ate a stronger or­gan­i­sa­tion, which will im­prove the avail­abil­ity of care ser­vices.

In the com­ing months, the not-for-profit or­gan­i­sa­tions will merge with Care Op­tions and Com­mu­nity First to form a sin­gle sup­port ser­vices or­gan­i­sa­tion, which will fo­cus on be­com­ing the fu­ture “new face” of com­mu­nity ser­vices in WA.

Vol­un­teer Task Force chief ex­ec­u­tive Kath Snell said her or­gan­i­sa­tion had fos­tered a strong re­la­tion­ship with both or­gan­i­sa­tions, which are sim­i­lar­sized Care Op­tion’s Sheilah Cum­mins, Vol­un­teer Task Force’s Kath Snell and Com­mu­nity First’s David Shel­ton. not-for-profit groups that as­sisted peo­ple to live and par­tic­i­pate in their com­mu­nity.

“Our de­ci­sion has been driven by the need to cre­ate a sus­tain­able fu­ture for our or­gan­i­sa­tions in the age of Con­sumer Di­rected Care; we are three strong not-for-prof­its com­ing to­gether to cre­ate a ro­bust, wide-rang­ing, qual­ity driven, pro­fes­sional and wel­com­ing or­gan­i­sa­tion,” she said.

“We’ll be work­ing in col­lab­o­ra­tion with board members, staff, vol­un­teers and clients to pro­vide the best pos­si­ble out­comes through our merger and to en­sure a smooth tran­si­tion of our cus­tomer ser­vices.”

A new name for the com­bined or­gan­i­sa­tion has yet to be an­nounced, but it is in­tended for it to be­come “the new face of com­mu­nity ser­vices in WA” into the fu­ture.

Ms Snell said Vol­un­teer Task Force would do its best to en­sure the merger had a min­i­mal im­pact on new and ex­ist­ing staff, vol­un­teers and cus­tomers.

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