Whit­sun­day coun­sel­lor to em­bark on new ad­ven­ture

Whitsunday Times - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

MORE than 15 women and their chil­dren gath­ered for the Whit­sun­day Cri­sis and Coun­selling Ser­vice’s fort­nightly sup­port group to farewell coun­sel­lor Leah An­der­son.

Mrs An­der­son has been a coun­sel­lor at the Whit­sun­day Cri­sis and Coun­selling Ser­vice for the past five and a half years and will be fin­ish­ing her work at the cen­tre to­day (Thurs­day, April 24).

“While I’m very sad to be leav­ing the Whit­sun­day Cri­sis and Coun­selling Ser­vice, I’m re­ally look­ing for­ward to this ex­cit­ing new chap­ter in my life,” she said.

Mrs An­der­son will be mov­ing into a new role as a fos­ter carer with spe­cial­i­sa­tions in re­cruit­ment and train­ing.

“Some­times step­ping through the door is the hard­est de­ci­sion for people to make, but when they do, they will see that there is a whole world of sup­port avail­able to them,” Mrs An­der­son said. The Whit­sun­day Cri­sis and Coun­selling Ser­vice run a fort­nightly sup­port group to help re­duce the feel­ing of isolation for women in the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

The group gath­ered last Thurs­day at the 121 com­plex in the court­yard of in front of Ethos - Fair Trade Gifts and Hand­i­crafts - to en­joy a vin­tage high tea do­nated by Gabi Descalzi of Miss Pene­lope’s Vin­tage Tea.

“Some­times the group will gather in the park with their chil­dren or go out for tea and cof­fee. It’s about help­ing people make new con­nec­tions and last­ing friend­ships with oth­ers in the com­mu­nity,” Mrs An­der­son said.

The fort­nightly sup­port group was started in Septem­ber last year and is open to all women in the Whit­sun­day com­mu­nity.

For more in­for­ma­tion on the sup­port group, con­tact the Whit­sun­day Cri­sis and Coun­selling Ser­vice on 4946 2999.

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