Leg­end named

Mandurah Coastal Times - - NEWS -

Meet Craig Water­man - our lo­cal leg­end.

CRAIG Water­man is liv­ing his dream – and is on a mis­sion to help other men live theirs.

When men go to Craig Water­man and his team at not-for-profit sup­port group Squared Away, the first thing he asks is “What is Your Dream?”

For one, it was to be­come a chef; an­other, a boil­er­maker.

Ask Mr Water­man the same ques­tion and he says: “I’m liv­ing my dream – this is it for the rest of my life – 38 years of work­ing and poor men­tal health was all train­ing for this.”

Squared Away is an or­gan­i­sa­tion that pro­vides prac­ti­cal sup­port for lo­cal men who are strug­gling.

Cur­rently there are five young men stay­ing at Squared Away’s rental prop­erty, all of whom are be­ing helped to achieve their dreams.

Mr Water­man’s achieve­ments have been recog­nised by him be­ing awarded this month’s City of Man­durah Lo­cal Leg­end.

Man­durah Mayor Rhys Wil­liams said Mr Water­man and his team had put their own time and money into help­ing oth­ers and in turn help­ing make a bet­ter com­mu­nity.

“He has turned his own life around through hard work and the sup­port of oth­ers and now he is giv­ing back in a big way,’’ he said.

“Man­durah is no dif­fer­ent to any other com­mu­nity, some of our people are strug­gling with men­tal health prob­lems.

“While the is­sue of men­tal health is very much com­ing out of the shad­ows, men’s men­tal health is still some­thing that has an un­fair stigma at­tached to it.

“Craig and the Squared Away team are help­ing break down that stigma and pro­vid­ing prac­ti­cal so­lu­tions – like ev­ery com­mu­nity, we need more Craigs.’’

Mayor Rhys Wil­liams and Lo­cal Leg­end Craig Water­man.

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