Sup­port ser­vices in fo­cus

Southern Telegraph - - News - Gareth McKnight

Col­lab­o­ra­tion and work­ing to­gether to help vul­ner­a­ble mem­bers of the Rock­ing­ham community were at the fore­front of peo­ple’s thoughts at an in­ter-agency net­work meeting held at Angli­care last week.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from more than 20 lo­cal ser­vice providers at­tended the event last Thursday, with peo­ple from each or­gan­i­sa­tion ex­plain­ing what they of­fered the Rock­ing­ham community. Those present of­fered a range of ser­vices to those in need, in­clud­ing sup­port for fam­i­lies, chil­dren, home­less peo­ple and those look­ing to re­ha­bil­i­tate from drug and al­co­hol ad­dic­tion.

The pur­pose of the meeting was to dis­cuss the ser­vices avail­able to Rock­ing­ham res­i­dents and how the var­i­ous or­gan­i­sa­tions could work in part­ner­ship to help those in need.

Angli­care’s par­ent and ado­les­cent ser­vice co-or­di­na­tor Jody Hall said the event was pos­i­tive and sowed the seeds for or­gan­i­sa­tions to work more closely to­gether.

“I think the sup­port ser­vices in this area are amaz­ing,” she said.

“This area has a lot more ser­vices for young peo­ple com­pared to other re­gions.

“You could see there is mas­sive pride when peo­ple get up and dis­cuss the ser­vices that they of­fer the community — it is a fantastic thing to hear what is avail­able.

“The meeting will help us link our clients into other ser­vices and sup­port them in other ways. We try and col­lab­o­rate — all the ser­vices in the area are try­ing to do that to the best of their abil­ity.”

Ms Hall also said she had iden­ti­fied groups that she would rec­om­mend to her clients in the fu­ture and that the feed­back from the meeting was over­whelm­ingly pos­i­tive.

Groups in at­ten­dance in­cluded Angli­care WA, The Sal­va­tion Army, Ngala, the City of Rock­ing­ham, Or­ange Sky, The Smith Fam­ily, Cen­tre­link, PCYC, South Metropoli­tan TAFE and Palmer­ston.

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