United ap­proach in car­ing

Cockburn Gazette - - NEWS -

THREE Perth not-for­profit care providers are merg­ing with the aim of cre­at­ing a stronger or­gan­i­sa­tion.

Care Op­tions, Vol­un­teer Task Force and Com­mu­nity First are merg­ing to form a sole sup­port ser­vice or­gan­i­sa­tion.

Care Op­tions chief ex­ec­u­tive Sheilah Cummins said it would en­able them to build on their strengths and de­velop their ser­vices to help more peo­ple.

“We’ll be work­ing in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Vol­un­teer Task Force and Com­mu­nity First board mem­bers, staff, vol­un­teers and clients to pro­vide the best pos­si­ble out­comes through our merger and to en­sure a smooth tran­si­tion of our cus­tomer ser­vices,” she said.

Com­mu­nity First ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor David Shel­ton said they would fo­cus on pro­vid­ing bet­ter com­mu­nity ser­vices, such as men­tal health and dis­abil­ity sup­port.

“Much has changed in the aged and dis­abil­ity sec­tors and we are po­si­tion­ing our­selves for suc­cess, ex­cel­lence and ac­ces­si­bil­ity for a greater num­ber of peo­ple in this new era,” he said.

“Given the changes al­ready un­der­way and those afoot, we be­lieve our merger to be a nat­u­ral, pru­dent and timely move for­ward.”

The merger is ex­pected to hap­pen in the next few months.

Com­mu­nity First has of­fices in Fre­man­tle, Palmyra and Bull Creek. Vol­un­teer Task Force and Care Op­tions help peo­ple all over the met­ro­pol­i­tan area.

Care Op­tions’ Sheilah Cummins, Vol­un­teer Task Force’s Kath Snell and Com­mu­nity First’s David Shel­ton.

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