May 16, 2012

Fountain Gate Leads the Way

Fountain Gate Services Centre is helping to lead the nation when it comes to finding jobs for local people and aiding those with mental health issues.

The Department of Human Services Centre is one of just four involved in a state-wide trial to support people with mental health problems; and one of 40 across the nation helping job-seekers with interactive workshops.

Visiting the Centre today, Minister for Human Services Senator Kim Carr and the Member for Holt, Anthony Byrne MP, said local people were benefiting from early intervention in mental health.

“People participating in this trial meet with specially trained staff frequently, helping ensure they are referred to health professionals, housing and emergency support, financial advice and other local services as fast as possible,” Senator Kim Carr said.

Mr Byrne said he was pleased to see this trial rolled out in Narre-Warren.

“So far the results have been positive as we’ve seen people quickly referred to local services that they otherwise would not have been aware of,” Mr Byrne said.

“This trial has seen staff trained by specialists in early intervention – they are an asset to this centre and can make a real difference to people’s lives.”

Senator Kim Carr said Fountain Gate also holds jobseeker workshops which give people looking for work a chance to talk with others in similar circumstances.

“Job hunting can be daunting. It’s good to see an approach that is supportive for recently unemployed jobseekers,” he said.

Mr Byrne said that since opening in March the purpose-built centre has assisted, on average, 450 people a day.

“The Centre is a hub for all people in the community – it is close to other service providers, such as Windemere Child and Family Service, Connections Uniting Care and other employment agencies,” Mr Byrne said.


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