Bedford-based Umbrella Multicultural Community Care Services CEO named HESTA Aged Care Awards finalist

Anna Harrison. Picture: Bruce Hunt d476303
Anna Harrison. Picture: Bruce Hunt d476303

UMBRELLA Multicultural Community Care Services Inc’s chief executive Anna Harrison has been nominated for the individual distinction award in the 2017 HESTA Aged Care Awards.

The not-for-profit aged care service, established in 2000, offers home visit, social support, carers group and helping hands programs.

Ms Harrison said she always looked for better ways to improve people’s lives.

“Our main focus of work is aged care and people that are socially isolated and diverse people in the community,” she said.

“Almost 40 per cent of the population in the City of Bayswater was born overseas and 27 per cent are from non-main English speaking countries and around 2 per cent of couples are in same-sex relationships.”

Ms Harrison said one of the highlights of 2017 was the launch of the innovative We Care Friendly Visiting program where clients home visit other clients who are not physically able to attend Umbrella programs.

She said she managed to get Umbrella into its best financial position ever.

“WA Home and community care programs are transitioning into Commonwealth aged care,” she said.

Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on November 23 in Adelaide.

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