Rebuilding family connections
PART proceeds of money raised at Perth’s Longest Lunch will go towards helping to reunite Brightwater residents with their families.
The inaugural lunch, which was held last month and raised almost $300,000, was attended by representatives from over 40 organisations.
Brightwater Care Group runs a residential and rehabilitation facility for young people with neurological disabilities and chief executive Dr Penny Flett said the new program, Family Connections, was part of its Life’s Possibilities Program, which aims to provide family support and social connections to clients and residents.
“The idea for Family Connections originated from discussions with several of Brightwater’s care managers, who mentioned that many of our residents and clients weren’t able to connect with close family members any more due to inability to travel safely or financial restrictions,” she said.
“Family Connections will identify clients and residents who would benefit from reconnecting with family, and make this happen.
“This could be an interstate trip, funding accommodation for a family to stay in Perth when they live in country WA, or the purchase of an iPad to enable someone to see and speak to their family living overseas.”