Re­build­ing fam­ily con­nec­tions

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Health - By EMILY BAKER

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.”

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