Service up and running

Counselling co-ordinator Colleen Crowley with a client.
Counselling co-ordinator Colleen Crowley with a client.

The new model announced last November features a consortium of 10 organisations led by Anglicare WA and UnitingCare West.

They will deliver counselling services from 14 metropolitan locations including Joondalup, Rockingham, Manning and Armadale.

The final service will open in Victoria Park in February.

Financial support has remained available in Cockburn and Fremantle throughout the transition period.

Mark Glasson, Anglicare WA’s executive general manager of service operations, said the public had not been deterred from seeking help.

“Thus far the model has been highly successful,” he said.

“The demand for financial counselling has not waned. People are still very eager to seek out help.

“The busiest time of the year is generally after the Christmas and New Year period.

“Typically the return to school period is when families require most support.”

Cockburn’s financial counselling co-ordinator Colleen

Crowley said demand was high.

“The community has continued to access the service and, because service funding was subsidised by the City of Cockburn, there has been very little disruption for residents and current clients,” she said.

The Partnership:

UnitingCare West – Fremantle, inner City, Merriwa

Anglicare WA – Rockingham, Armadale, Joondalup

Midlas – Midland

Blue Sky Community Group – Lockridge

The Spiers Centre – Heathridge

City of Cockburn – Cockburn

Gosnells Community Legal Centre – Gosnells

City of Wanneroo – Wanneroo

South Care – Manning

Mission Australia – Victoria Park