Volunteers create playground for families in need

St Bartholomew's House interim chief executive Joe Calleja, board member Jan Stewart, BHP Australia general manager Graham Salmond, chairman Michael Brown and Department of Communities representative Janine Williams outside the playground.
St Bartholomew's House interim chief executive Joe Calleja, board member Jan Stewart, BHP Australia general manager Graham Salmond, chairman Michael Brown and Department of Communities representative Janine Williams outside the playground.

VOLUNTEERS have given an accommodation support service a much-needed facelift.

Bart’s Plus, run by St Bartholomew’s House, provides seven villas in the City of Stirling for families in need of safe accommodation while they get back on their feet.

About 70 staff from BHP spent three days creating a playground and barbecue and leisure area for children and caregivers.

Interim chief executive Joe Calleja said the new outdoor facilities would provide children at the accommodation, who are aged from three weeks to 14 years, with the valuable opportunity to play, learn and connect with one another.

“It’s vital that these children can get on with the important work of playing and simply being kids as we continue to support the families in their transition to long-term accommodation,” he said.

“What’s so great about our partnership with BHP is that their people are willing to get their hands dirty and provide practical support, which will make a real difference to the everyday lives of these families.”

The outdoor area includes a swing set, cubby house, landscaping, built-in barbecue and furniture.

Volunteers also painted the fences, gutters, gates and eaves of the homes.

The St Bart’s Families Program helps families and single parents who require low levels of support, with accommodation available for up to 12 months.

During their stay, a case worker supports parents to create community networks, tackle individual issues and seek appropriate long-term accommodation.

More news