Amaranth - big­ger and bet­ter

The Free Press (Corowa) - - FRONT PAGE - BY SARAH DEAN

Big things are hap­pen­ing at the Amaranth Foun­da­tion in Corowa, start­ing with the of­fi­cial launch of its head­quar­ters in the for­mer Karinya build­ing.

Amaranth Foun­da­tion CEO Ju­lianne Whyte said staff had set­tled nicely into the big­ger lo­ca­tion after re­lo­cat­ing in Fe­bru­ary.

While Amaranth is well known for its pal­lia­tive care pro­grams and men­tal health ser­vices, Mrs Whyte said the re-launch of its brand would be an op­por­tu­nity to dis­play all the ser­vices the not-for-profit foun­da­tion pro­vides.

“We would like to in­tro­duce what we do here and show­case our ser­vices be­cause it’s not just coun­selling,” she said.

“Amaranth was orig­i­nally set up to work with peo­ple who are dy­ing to pro­vide men­tal health and so­cial support dur­ing the end of life phase and we have grown to in­clude other ser­vices.”

The launch on Novem­ber 14 will have two com­po­nents – the first part will be of­fi­cially open­ing the new premises which will take place be­tween 12pm and 2.30pm and in­clude speeches and a coun­cil dig­ni­tary will be in­vited to help with the pro­ceed­ings.

Amaranth will also launch the Trevor Davis Pay It For­ward Com­pas­sion­ate Com­mu­nity Fund.

The com­mu­nity fund was es­tab­lished in mem­ory of Trevor Davis who passed away from can­cer re­cently at the age of 54 and had used the Amaranth ser­vices.

The Corowa res­i­dent, with the bless­ing of his fam­ily, wanted to leave a legacy that would help support peo­ple dur­ing their end of life or those who are frail or just down on their luck and are in need of a leg up.

“One of his views on life was what you do to some­one, you al­ways get back – the more you give, the more you get,” Mrs Whyte said.

“It gave him great peace of mind know­ing we were help­ing him and he wanted to give that back be­cause he felt he had been given so much and that’s the pay it for­ward con­cept.”

The fund is start­ing off with al­most $300 raised at Mr Davis’ fu­neral and will now rely on do­na­tions and fund-rais­ing to keep the fund go­ing.

A com­mit­tee will later be set up to over­see the fund and help support peo­ple.

The sec­ond half of the launch, be­tween 3.30pm to 5pm, will in­volve the pre­sen­ta­tion of a new vol­un­teer pro­gram.

Amaranth has linked up with the Vol­un­teer Re­source Bureau in Al­bury to train vol­un­teers in four dif­fer­ent ar­eas.

“This is go­ing to be a launch of our vol­un­teer pro­gram and a call to the com­mu­nity to con­sider vol­un­teer­ing at Amaranth be­cause we are se­ri­ous about train­ing and sup­port­ing peo­ple who want to vol­un­teer,” Mrs Whyte said.

Mrs Whyte refers to the foun­da­tion as a wrap-around type of ser­vice.

“Some­one may need coun­selling but they are strug­gling to pay the bills and put food on the ta­ble and so we can help through our part­ner­ship with Wodonga Food­share,” she said.

“We have about 30 reg­is­tered clients that come in for frozen meals or non-per­ish­able items.”

Amaranth is also look­ing for­ward to in- tro­duc­ing new on­line ser­vices in the next 12 months, in­clud­ing com­mu­nity ser­vices like health care and per­sonal care.

Amaranth will soon be NDIS reg­is­tered and will be pro­vid­ing spe­cial­ist so­cial work and case man­age­ment support to peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties through­out Vic­to­ria and NSW.

Mrs Whyte said the foun­da­tion would later be reg­is­tered with My Aged Care so it can be a ser­vice provider to peo­ple over 65.

Amaranth Foun­da­tion CEO Ju­lianne Whyte and Amaranth Client and Fam­ily Support Team Leader and Vol­un­teer Co-or­di­na­tor Jo Bathols are invit­ing the pub­lic to at­tend Amaranth’s of­fi­cial launch on Novem­ber 14.

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