Personal experience helps Anne make a difference

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May 15, 2020

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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-old.

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

Anne worked with Uniting in Hobart during her career, running a support group for grandparents who had stepped in as the primary carers for their grandchildren.

“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 over 2500 emergency relief services to individuals and families in the greater Hobart area.

“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,” says Anne.

“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.”

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