Merriwa hub to bring care services together


MercyCare chief executive Chris Hall with Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts. Picture: Martin Kennealey         d458296
MercyCare chief executive Chris Hall with Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts. Picture: Martin Kennealey        d458296

NOT-FOR-PROFIT organisation MercyCare and the City of Wanneroo launched a Merriwa service hub last month.

Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts said the Integrated Services Community Hub would give residents an opportunity to engage with a range of service providers.

“The hub aims to strengthen the Merriwa community by providing a place for services in a safe, central and affordable location that will complement services already available,” she said.

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“Statistics show there is a high percentage of people, including seniors and frail aged individuals, needing help in their day-to-day core activities.

“Consultation and engagement with the community, in addition to service providers, will be undertaken to ensure the hub meets local service gaps while building on the community’s strengths.

“As our population grows, so do the demand for services.”

MercyCare chief executive Chris Hall said eventually staff from several other MercyCare programs, including mental health and workforce development, would also work from the site.

“By working with other organisations to share information, make referrals and establish strong links between services, we can provide greater support to those who experience disadvantage,” he said.

“We hope that this hub will grow to be a focal point for the community and will help to increase social cohesion and participation in community life.

“We hope that being part of the hub will help families create friendships and support networks.”

The hub is at the Merriwa Administration Centre in Lansdowne Place.