An­gels rise to re-openy­oung Hearts

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Front Page -

ANGLICAREWA was forced to shut a Man­durah of­fice of its Young Hearts pro­gram, re­duce staffing in Rock­ing­ham and can­cel group ses­sions last year be­cause of a short­fall in fund­ing.

Young Hearts is a coun­selling ser­vice for chil­dren who have been vic­tims of or wit­nessed fam­ily do­mes­tic vi­o­lence.

Dalkeith res­i­dent War­wick Hem­s­ley has sup­ported the pro­gram since its in­cep­tion in 2009 along with Telethon and Austal in Hen­der­son but the ser­vice does not re­ceive State or Fed­eral gov­ern­ment fund­ing.

How­ever, Anglicarewa chief ex­ec­u­tive Ian Carter said the or­gan­i­sa­tion was build­ing a strong busi­ness case to be el­i­gi­ble for gov­ern­ment fund­ing.

“We have a strong fo­cus on mea­sur­ing the out­comes and build­ing an en­vi­ron­ment to get fund­ing for pro­grams like this,” he said.

“Some kids come in (to the pro­gram) at a trauma scale of eight­plus (out of 10) and are leav­ing at the three or four mark.”

The State Gov­ern­ment had made some im­por­tant early steps to ad­dress fam­ily do­mes­tic vi­o­lence by ap­point­ing a Min­is­ter for Pre­ven­tion of Fam­ily Do­mes­tic Vi­o­lence and chang­ing leg­is­la­tion.

Anglicarewa has hosted the an­nual Op Shop Ball for the past nine years to help fund pro­grams like Young Hearts but has launched need in the com­mu­nity but also proac­tively breaks the cy­cle for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions,” he said.

In 2015-16, the Depart­ment for Child Pro­tec­tion and Fam­ily Ser­vices re­sponded to 34,524 in­ci­dents of fam­ily and do­mes­tic vi­o­lence, up more than 27 per cent com­pared to the pre­vi­ous year.

While Mr Hem­s­ley said he would miss choos­ing a “weird and wacky” out­fit for this year’s Angli­care WA fundraiser, An­gels Ris­ing would be dif­fer­ent to any­thing else on the Perth event cal­en­dar and set in an iconic and unique en­vi­ron­ment.

“It’s all about com­ing to­gether as a com­mu­nity and fo­cus­ing on chil­dren who ex­pe­ri­ence or wit­ness fam­ily do­mes­tic vi­o­lence,” he said.

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