$4million upgrade to improve Mental Health in WA

Minister Helen Morton and RFWA Chair Eric BainesRichmond Fellowship of WA (RFWA) has received $4 million from the WA State Government in Lotterywest funding to purchase and redevelop improve its facilities, currently located in Cannington.

The funding, which was presented to RFWA by the Minister Hon Helen Morton MLC, will be used to purchase and redevelopment a site to house the organisation's Head Office, Training and Outreach Services.

As the Minister presented the funds, she said that the funding was not about buildings, but about service time and commitment to recovery.

"Over the years i have seen this organisation grow and develop and, basically, emerge as one of the most influential organisations providing support services for people with a mental illness in Western Australia," Minister Morton said.

"We have got to get away from this stigma or idea that some how or another people with a mental illness are destined not to have a good like, and Richmond Fellowship is a leading light."   

RFWA Chair, Mr Eric Baines, gratefully took receipt of the funding and thanked the Minister for her lovely word.  He announced the funding will be used to redevelop a site adjacent to the current premises.

"We have purchased a site which is a building that can be modified and enlarged to house and bring all our services together.  The new location will also enable us to support small groups who might not otherwise have a base to operate from.   We will also be able to offer more training to staff, consumers, families and the sector," he said.  

"We believe that anyone can recover and lead contributing life in the community, and this support from the Government will help us continue our work."

In attendance at the event was the WA Mental Health Commissioner, Eddie Bartnik, Lotterywest Board Member, Dr Maria Harries, RFWA Patron, Diana Warnock, Cannington Liberal Candidate, Jesse Jacobs, RFWA Board, Executive and Staff.

RFWA believes the funding is testament to the important work we are doing in the community and the increasing emphasis the Government is placing on the mental health industry. 

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