Cuts will leave gap­ing hole in ser­vice Bron­wyn Dono­van

Cockburn Gazette - - NEWS -

SOUTH Lake res­i­dent Vivi­enne Dover fears she will lose her carer af­ter re­ceiv­ing a let­ter from Cock­burn Com­mu­nity Care about loom­ing ser­vice cuts.

The let­ter, re­ceived in late Au­gust, in­formed Ms Dover her home and com­mu­nity-based ser­vices, in­clud­ing do­mes­tic as­sis­tance and so­cial sup­port, were be­ing can­celled.

Cock­burn Com­mu­nity Care said in the let­ter the de­ci­sion to can­cel ser­vices was “purely fi­nan­cial”.

Ms Dover (61) suf­fers from se­vere sco­l­io­sis and was de­clared legally blind af­ter be­ing in­jured in an in­ci­dent at El­iz­a­beth Quay train sta­tion where she was tram­pled by sev­eral peo­ple three years ago.

For the past 18 months she has used a cleaner, gar­dener and so­cial sup­port carer pro­vided by Cock­burn Com­mu­nity Care.

“It's not just me, there are about 63 of us that are go­ing to have to find new car­ers,” Ms Dover said.

Prior to us­ing Cock­burn Com­mu­nity Care ser­vices, Ms Dover had to ask friends and fam­ily for help with the tasks she was no longer able to do her­self. More page 3

Pic­ture: Nancy Truong

AT Chat de­vel­op­ment team mem­bers Jocelyn Fran­cis­cus and Danielle Loizou-Lake.

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