Anglicare offers help and HUGS

Callum HunterSouth Western Times
Anglicare chief executive Mark Glasson, South regional manager Lisa Whittaker and Bunbury MLA Don Punch open the new Anglicare branch.
Camera IconAnglicare chief executive Mark Glasson, South regional manager Lisa Whittaker and Bunbury MLA Don Punch open the new Anglicare branch. Credit: Callum Hunter/Callum Hunter

Anglicare WA has opened a new branch in Bunbury which will not only be used to deliver its own services, but also serve as the State’s second Hardship Utility Grant Scheme centre.

The new branch was opened on Friday by Anglicare chief executive Mark Glasson, south regional manager Lisa Whittaker and Bunbury MLA Don Punch, who stood in for Community Services Minister Simone McGurk.

According to Mr Glasson, the centre has already more than found its feet and has been taking more than 150 calls a day from people all over the State.

“Anglicare has been in WA for quite some time but this is the first opportunity we’ve had to put everyone under the same roof,” he said.

“When you’re in financial hardship, it brings other pressures with it.”

Anglicare and the HUGS scheme were both set up to help people in financial hardship, including the delivery of parental support and financial counselling.

The new centre has not only started taking its fair share of calls, but has also provided 13 local jobs for previously struggling jobseekers, something Mr Punch was thrilled about.

“People who are seeking support through HUGS will be able to receive a more comprehensive assessment of their needs and assistance in accessing other support services,” he said.

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