January 24 - 30, 2016: Issue 248
Fun Day For Our Little Heroes
Partners in Recovery Sydney North Shore & Beaches, Homes for Heroes and Relationships Australia NSW working together to support local Veterans and their families. Back Row: Tom Pulleine (Homes for Heroes), Sue Johansson (Relationships Australia NSW), Adrian Talbot (Homes for Heroes), Sally Cornelius (Homes for Heroes), Annabel Bowman (Homes for Heroes), Laurie Bassett (Homes for Heroes) and Jane Dawson (Homes for Heroes). Front Row: Tommy Pulleine, Kitty Pulleine, Josh Pulleine.
Fun Day For Our Little Heroes
The children of Veterans from recent conflicts enjoyed a family fun day last week thanks to a partnership between three local organisations; Partners in Recovery Sydney North Shore & Beaches, Homes for Heroes and Relationships Australia NSW.
With a kindy farm, jumping castle, face painting and a sausage sizzle, the event offered plenty to keep the kids entertained while Veterans and their partners heard more about the welfare support available from local organisations in a relaxed, informal setting.
Tom Pulleine, an injured veteran himself who works with Homes for Heroes, brought his three young children Kitty, Tommy and Josh along with his partner Melissa Harries.
Tom said: “It was great to see the kids enjoying themselves while the Veterans had a chance to relax. It can be difficult to ask for help so providing opportunities like this makes it a whole lot less daunting.’’
Partners in Recovery Sydney North Shore & Beaches and Homes for Heroes began working together in 2015 and are continuing to grow their partnership with an emphasis on local peer to peer support. The organisations next event will focus on a PTSD information talk for carers along with signposting to free support available in the community.
Adrian Talbot, Manager of Homes for Heroes says; “Partners in Recovery Sydney North Shore and Beaches fills many gaps that we do not have the time or resources to fill. It has already started turning the lives of our residents around.’’
Laurie Basset, Manager of Partners in Recovery Sydney North Shore & Beaches says;
“We are thrilled the day was such a success and look forward to working alongside these valued partners to deliver further support in 2016.
We know that there are 1500 individuals living with severe and persistent mental health in our North Shore and Beaches community. Veterans and their families form an important part of this cohort and we are dedicated to ensuring our free advice and support is available to all who need it. ’’
Partners in Recovery Sydney North Shore & Beaches provides free advice and support to those with severe and persistent mental illness, and their carers, in Sydney's North Shore and Beaches Community. If you know someone in need, please our skilled and friendly team on 1300 000 747.
Veterans Family Fun Day January 2016 - With a kindy farm, jumping castle, face painting and a sausage sizzle, the event offered plenty to keep the kids entertained