WA PREMIER Colin Barnett toured the $3 million improvements at Anglicare WA’s Geoffrey Sambell Centre in Perth this week.
Co-funded with $500,000 from the Murray-Jones Charitable Trust, $400,000 from Anglicare WA and $2.1 million from Lotterywest, refurbishments included a redesign of the front entrance and reception, upgrades to the airconditioning, security systems and office furniture.
The three storey centre consists of nine counselling rooms, two children’s rooms, four group rooms and an activities room, and will house 80 staff and 14 services including financial, relationship and suicide bereavement counselling and domestic violence services.
Anglicare WA chief executive Ian Carter described the centre as a “one stop shop” that would help more than 4500 people each year.
“I saw a homeless man walk past this morning and it served as a reminder why we do this work,” he said.
“The centre has the capacity to offer potentially life changing support to individuals and families facing a whole range of challenges.”
He said Anglicare WA had come a long way since it began, with the increasing budget over the years reflecting how many people it helped.
“The original budgets were less than $100,000 per annum for many years, the first was $60,000,” he said.
“Now we help 35,000 clients per year.”