Uniting Church Rev Bob Harriman, regional director Sheryl Hateley, Cooloola Aboriginal Services president Aunty Lillian Burke, financial counsellor Melanie Warren and counsellor Jo Gamas Pearce with UnitingCare Community’s new premises.
Uniting Church Rev Bob Harriman, regional director Sheryl Hateley, Cooloola Aboriginal Services president Aunty Lillian Burke, financial counsellor Melanie Warren and counsellor Jo Gamas Pearce with UnitingCare Community’s new premises. Tanya Easterby

Touch of fortune for organisation

EVERYTHING has lined up fortuitously for Gympie UnitingCare Community since moving into its new premises on Excelsior Rd.

The community organisation is now located in what was once Excelsior Road Medical Centre, moving from its previous location in Channon St.

UnitingCare Community celebrated the big move yesterday with an open day, inviting civic and community leaders in addition to members from other community service providers.

Gympie MP David Gibson was present alongside councillor Rae Gate to pass on congratulations.

UnitingCare Community regional director Sheryl Hateley said leasing the building was a big step forward for the organisation.

"We wanted to replicate the benefits of our previous location and we've really succeeded in doing that," she said.

"We are close to the Gympie CBD, accessible to foot traffic and that really helps out a lot of our clients."

Ms Hateley said the building itself was also ideal for their needs.

"I walked in and I could see the potential," she said.

"It's so comfortable and secluded while being close to everything, including other community support services."

The organisation receives funding support from the Federal Government and meets financial shortfalls to provide essential services to the community.

Services on offer cover areas such as suicide prevention, financial counselling, general counselling, family separation and working with children.

"Early intervention in many of these instances is so important because we can bring about change," Ms Hateley said.

Ms Hateley believes there is a need in Gympie for financial counselling to help residents.

The organisation's regional director also sees benefit in more community development.

"I think we need more community development to build resilience and give people a sense of togetherness and involvement," Ms Hateley said.

Gympie Times


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