The support WA Charity Direct has provided to the people in our services over the past year is nothing short of incredible.
Not only did the funding provided by the charitable organisation deliver ambulance cover for 42 people, education and training support to 18, Home Starter Packs for 11, and ID assistance to 5, it also provided 3727 hearty breakfasts and 5681 warm cuppas at our onsite Café Lime.
WACD also answered the call for a number of recovery-led activities. From bikes, a basketball hoop and football, dumbbells and exercise equipment to an ancestry membership, art supplies and an Aboriginal play therapy mat for our Family Service, the impact of these items is truly immeasurable.
Feedback from our Recovery Support Workers highlights the powerful effects these donations are having on the people we support:
- Increased self-esteem and independence
- Reduced anxiety
- Increased positive moods and energy
- Promoted social interaction skills
- Supported self-regulation
- Preventing cognitive decline
A resident at one of our Accommodation Units, Cameron says the prospect of having to foot an ambulance bill in the event he required one has always been a real financial stress.
Relying on Centrelink and not having much money left at the end of each fortnight for extra costs, Cameron is extremely grateful to WA Charity Direct for the Ambulance Cover they have committed to St Bart’s service consumers for the coming fiscal year.
One less worry is invaluable to the people in our services who are working towards better mental health and wellbeing.
On behalf of all St Bart’s staff and service consumers, thank you WACD!