I am writing in response to concerns raised in a letter by Tina Edgar about changes to some services run by Lady Lawley Cottage in Cottesloe last week.
I know this is an unsettling time for the families and staff affected.
Lady Lawley Cottage will continue to support West Australian children with complex care needs in its Cottesloe facility.
We will slowly move out of providing respite services in clients’ homes and in the community because there are other agencies which can provide similar services.
Our commitment is to work side by side with each family through this process.
I’d like to assure Mrs Edgar and other families we will continue the service for families until the new agency starts, so there will be no break in service.
We will also help each family to find the right service for them. It will take as long as it takes.
Agencies have already approached us about taking on our staff who have worked with the families. We also know how important camps and excursions are to families, and this is part of what we’re discussing with any new service providers.
We’ll do everything we can to make the transition as easy as possible. I’d also like to sincerely thank every parent who’s spoken to us – I promise you we’re listening.
WA Australian Red Cross director.