Support services in focus
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.