Personal stories the highlight of SWMPF launch
You could have heard a pin drop when three extraordinary individuals – Laraine Civin, Rhonda Gamble and Lee McCrorie – shared their personal journeys with the 200-strong crowd attending the launch of the South West Metropolitan Partnership Forum on 26 March.
They all had very different stories to tell: one spoke of her loneliness and isolation when arriving as a migrant in WA; another spoke of the downward spiral of alcohol abuse, which led to the loss of his business, home and family; while another spoke of how she freed herself from an abusive relationship and succeeded in regaining custody of her children.
All three were willing to overcome their understandable fear of speaking publically because they wanted others to take courage from their stories and to realise that change can happen, if only you are willing to play your part in driving it.
Their lives have been changed thanks to their own determination coupled with support from a few individual services (in these cases, Cockburn Seniors’ Centre, St Patrick’s Community Support Centre and the Department for Child Protection and Family Support). But there are many more out there with multiple and complex needs who do not fit neatly into the responsibility area of any one given service provider ? so imagine the impact the SWMPF will have when we all work together, coordinating our efforts to become more than the sum of our parts, demonstrating that 1 plus 1 can indeed equal 3!
A video of the launch of the SWMPF, featuring these three speakers as well as the Hon. Helen Morton, Minister for Mental Health; Disability Services; Child Protection; who officially launched the SWMPF and this website, will be available shortly. Watch this space!