A community hub for people to turn to in times of need was a common suggestion raised at a workshop initiated by Lutheran Community Care in the Barossa last month.
The workshop was attended by about 30 local professionals, who were invited to discuss how the community can better support people who are struggling in the region.
Lutheran Community Care has expressed concern about the need for strengthened services in the Barossa, particularly relating to homelessness and financial counselling. That is why it decided to organise the workshop, so that key community members could share knowledge about emerging social needs and information about the range of existing services.
Key concerns highlighted throughout the in-depth discussion included unemployment, relief from addictions, suicide prevention, mental illness support and a lack of public transport. It was also noted that existing community services are currently working at capacity and that there is a misconception the Barossa has no issues because it is an affluent tourist region.
But the standout point raised was that a central hub is needed in the Barossa, one that can offer all services to people of all ages who are suffering.
Speaking at the event, Lutheran Community Care’s Barossa Engagement Manager James Doecke said this was something he had been passionate about since commencing work with LCC eight months ago.
“Today is about the start of something,” James said. “I feel very humbled. To think that there is a group of people that are prepared to take time out to look at this is amazing.”
While the meeting focused more on ideas rather than decisions, a report will now be prepared. From that it is hoped a smaller sub-group will be established to explore new opportunities and partnerships.
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