Umbrella Multicultural Community Care recognised for efforts to improve lives of its clients


Umbrella’s operational manager Robert Wilhelm, CEO Anna Maria Harrison and manager of centre-based day care Alena Pacak. Picture: David Baylis d455581
Umbrella’s operational manager Robert Wilhelm, CEO Anna Maria Harrison and manager of centre-based day care Alena Pacak. Picture: David Baylis d455581

OLDER residents in Perth’s Hills can gain access to award-winning care and support designed to maintain their independence and quality of life at home.

A local community organisation has been recognised for its efforts in recognising diversity and respect for clients.

Umbrella Multicultural Community Care Services took out the Small Provider Category at the care awards in Perth.

Program co-ordinator Henrietta Biczi said the award highlighted the carer’s quality of culturally appropriate services to clients from culturally and linguistically diverse and sexuality and diverse gender backgrounds.

Umbrella Multicultural Community Care Services received the award for its excellence in care.

Umbrella Community Care chief executive Anna Harrison said she was delighted to win the award that recognises Umbrella’s contribution to aged care industry in the provision of diverse service delivery.

“Our innovative organisation, one of the leaders in diverse aged care in WA, is recognised as the one of the best small providers that have a high profile in the community, provide services to achieve improved health and wellbeing outcomes and being innovative in service delivery to meet the needs of frail aged people,” Ms Harrison said.

Umbrella provides services to more than 500 clients from 52 different countries now living in the Perth metropolitan area and Peel region.

Ms Harrison said Umbrella believed everyone had the right to enjoy their golden years.

“We believe that language, gender identity, culture or financials should not be a barrier to access quality services,” she said.

“We believe that respect, passion, commitment and our hard work can change someone’s life.”

Umbrella employs more than 100 staff and volunteers who come from more than 40 different countries with staff members also identifying in gender diversity areas. “We are specialised in this field and we are truly proud of it,” Ms Harrison said.

“We would like to sincerely thank all members of Aged and Community Services of WA for choosing Umbrella to become the finalist of the excellence across the not-for profit aged and community care sector award.

“This is a great privilege and significant achievement for Umbrella, our board and our team of workers and volunteers,” she said.