The Salvation Army to open new community centre in Subiaco

The Salvation Army Major Lyn Jones at the soon to be open Salvation Army community centre in Subiaco. Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au   d492928a
The Salvation Army Major Lyn Jones at the soon to be open Salvation Army community centre in Subiaco. Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au d492928a

SUBIACO will soon be home to The Salvation Army’s first community centre for everyday, business people who are struggling with mental health issues and the “21st century disease”.

The brainchild behind the centre Major Lyn Jones said she noticed a need within the Western Suburbs for a service that catered for those struggling with everyday pressures of life.

“In my ministry in Floreat, there are some middle upper class who are under stress, anxiety, mild depression and are just living, so we’re creating a third space,” she said.

“It’s not home or work, it’s a space where they don’t have to be a mum or a dad or a parent or employee – they can just come and be”.

The Salvation Army Floreat’s corps officer Mrs Jones said the centre, set to cost the organisation about $100,000 to develop, will be run by 50 volunteers, and professionally trained counsellors will also be available on site.

“I will oversight the centre but we will have our 55 plus program people, so ex chief executives, lawyers, doctors and high calibre volunteers who want to give back to the community – they will come in here and cook and help run the place,” she said.

Mrs Jones said the centre, which is owned by the charity and has been dormant for about four years, was in its early stages of development.

She said the services offered will be “needs driven”, but the space would enable those to sit down, talk to others, enjoy a meal and also discuss their issues if they choose.

“So far we’ve doubled the size of the kitchen, the dining room has been remodelled and I’ll put tables and chairs, a pool table, and a PS4 in the lounge,” she said.

“We will have music, plants, and we will run group work and church.

“We will have a wet room with showers and toilets, and a washer and dryer – I would love to put a bird cage in the entrance and have something live in the place.”

Mrs Jones said they would micro launch the centre throughout the year, but celebrate an official launch in October or November.