Helping families get support they need

Child Protection Minister Helen Morton, Wanslea chief executive Tricia Murray, |MercyCare chief executive Chris Hall and Mirrabooka MLA Janine Freeman. d426999
Child Protection Minister Helen Morton, Wanslea chief executive Tricia Murray, |MercyCare chief executive Chris Hall and Mirrabooka MLA Janine Freeman. d426999

The Mirrabooka Family Support Network (MFSN), funded by the State Government, is a collaborative partnership between local service providers, led by community services organisation Mercy Care.

MFSN alliance manager Jill Ashcroft said the network, which has been operating since May, assists individuals and families to connect with appropriate services to address challenges and support their varied needs.

‘The MFSN provides linkages to a wide variety of relevant partner and community organisations delivering extensive secondary services,’ Ms Ashcroft said.

‘It’s a voluntary self-referring initiative, so if people need some help or have any issues they can contact the MFSN to access some support before anything reaches crisis point.’

Child Protection Minister Helen Morton officially opened the network and said it would strengthen links between agencies and provide services for both children and adults in the Mirrabooka community.

‘Families who require intensive support services can often find it difficult to navigate the service system or are reluctant to get in touch.’ Ms Morton said.

Support networks are already operating in Armadale and the Mid-West.