Funding extension for the Yacaaba Centre

Trish Burgess, Gill Fletcher, Lynn Vatner, Sandy Tawa and Sue Ware.
Trish Burgess, Gill Fletcher, Lynn Vatner, Sandy Tawa and Sue Ware.

The Yacaaba Centre is pleased to announce that their funding has been extended to June 2020.

In 2014 a restructuring of the distribution of FaCS funding for homeless services resulted in a period of instability for the Yacaaba Centre and closure was a real possibility.

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Local community outrage was such that funding was offered, for a restricted period, to Yacaaba Centre, an independent solo service recognised as being in one of NSW’s hot spots.

There are only three such services in the entire Hunter/New England Area.

This Service Support Fund (SSF) was extended to June 2017 and at the end of 2016 FaCS extended the funding to 2020.

The funding security granted by the extension gives the service the stability necessary to provide professional services to the community.

Lynne Vatner told News Of The Area, “The service would have had to close if we did not receive this funding.”

“It means we will be able to continue to provide the community on the Tomaree Peninsula with the Professional counselling and support Services.”

Ms Vatner said, “We are able to provide support in case work and face to face counselling for people who have experienced any form of abuse during their life.”

The Centre provide valuable services such as Counselling for Domestic and Family Violence, mental health issues, including depression, anxiety, stress. Grief and loss, Anger Management, Relationship problems, Trauma, Abuse, Workcover Counselling.

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