Volunteers in the community

March 24, 2020

Personal experience drives Anne to make a difference

Anne is an integral part of the Hobart emergency relief team, providing practical and emotional support to individuals and families working towards a brighter future.

Anne spent 20 years working in the mental health field, inspired by her son’s diagnosis of schizophrenia at just 15 years of age.

After retiring in 2017, Anne knew she had more to give.

“When my son was diagnosed, I wanted to step up and help other families going through similar circumstances,” says Anne.

“I like being able to help people who are going through a rough patch, often through no fault of their own.”

In the past year, we provided emergency relief services to individuals and families in the greater Hobart area more than 2500 times.

“Awful circumstances can happen to anyone. If you lose your job, go through a relationship breakdown or a workplace injury, it can all lead to financial difficulties,” Anne says.

“If I can put a smile on someone’s face and ensure they feel heard, even just for a few minutes, it can provide a little bit of time out from their troubles.”

Anne says an increasing number of families in the Hobart area are reaching out for assistance.

“We can’t rely solely on government funding for our (emergency relief) programs. It is nowhere near enough to reach the growing number of people who come to us,” she says.

“I just want to say thank you to people who support our programs. It’s because of you we can keep going.”

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