17 MARCH 2020 – Mr ONDARCHIE – Adjournemnt
My adjournment matter tonight is for the Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers. It is about CareWorks in Preston, which provides a very safe place of support and care for a wide variety of people, including our most vulnerable. CareWorks provides food and clothing to those in desperate need, it provides respite to those seeking shelter from the extreme heat and cold and it is a very safe place to come during the day.
The CareWorks lunches help provide food security. They help combat isolation, improve mental health and wellbeing, strengthen the local community and provide access to other support services such as their health clinic, a community choir, a sewing hub, some games, some shower facilities, a community kitchen and a sensory garden as well. They are a large source of community connections and are heavily supported by wonderful volunteers. Approximately 50 people from the local community freely give of their time to serve in a variety of roles, including cooking meals, working in the op shop, picking up and delivering furniture, providing support, gardening and performing a wide range of other activities as well.
David Toscano and the wonderful team at CareWorks Preston can continue their work giving to those in need—some food security and other support—but they will need to provide this service with some funding. They need about $40 000 to $50 000 annually. The action I seek from the minister in the upcoming state budget is to assist Northern Community CareWorks with $50 000 of funding. It is a vital part of our local community. It brings people together, it deals with the challenges of mental health and it helps so many in our community in the northern suburbs.