Vinnies WA has opened a new community Support Centre in Perth’s northern suburbs, providing support and services for people experiencing hardship.
The Vinnies Support Centre Joondalup is a safe and welcoming space, offering emergency assistance with food, utility bills, household furniture and bedding, free financial counselling, advocacy,emotional support and referrals to other agencies. It has meeting areas for people to be able to have confidential conversations about their situation and houses a well-stocked food pantry, allowing people visiting the support centre access to immediate food relief.
The idea of creating access to this type of support in the northern suburbs was raised during 2020 at the height of COVID-19 restrictions. Prior to this, Joondalup and Wanneroo had already been identified as two high need areas for food insecurity and this escalated post COVID-19. Vinnies WA Service Development Manager Maija Hildebrand says this is one of the key reasons for the location choice.
“We really wanted to address this need in Joondalup and the surrounding areas by having a space where people can come and receive practical assistance directly, and in most cases immediately. We’ve chosen this location in the central Joondalup so that is is easily accessible by the CAT buses and the train and in close proximity to other services in the area.”
Vinnies Joondalup/Wanneroo Regional Council President Allan Rose says that the Centre is one way Vinnies can provide comprehensive support and provide a pathway to other services.
“We want to help people with their immediate needs and for more complex needs, provide access to specialist financial, social and emotional support services to improve client wellbeing and life outcomes. Additionally, the Support Centre offers another way the community can be supported, other than through our home visitation program. Some clients may not have a home and others may be more comfortable seeing our volunteers here rather than in their home.”
The Support Centre offers services to the suburbs of Wanneroo, Woodvale, Ocean Reef, Whitfords, Greenwood and Clarkson. It is located at 82 Reid Promenade, Joondalup and is open Tuesdays and Thursdays 10am-1pm. To make an appointment or to enquire about the service call 1300 794 054.