Making tracks with the Regional Outreach Team
We’d like to introduce our team of Advocates whose role it is to expand our advocacy coverage throughout this vast state to those older people needing free, independent and confidential information and support.
We now have place-based Advocates living and supporting their local communities in Albany for the Great Southern, Bunbury for the South West, and Geraldton in the Mid West. Now you can make an appointment to chat if you’d prefer to catch up face-to-face with one of our professional and friendly Advocates.
Recently in January, we also welcomed our new team of Regional Outreach Advocates, based in Perth, but will travel regularly to the Pilbara, Kimberley, Goldfields and Wheatbelt providing face-to-face meet-ups, information, education sessions and advocacy services.
The entire Regional Team are passionate about supporting people who are isolated and facing the unique challenges of living in regional areas, and is dedicated to working alongside service providers, other agencies and community members.
In February, Regional Team Leader, Tanya and Bec, travelled to the Pilbara, visiting five towns and notching up more than 2,000km including Newman, Tom Price, Port Hedland, Karratha and Roebourne. During the trip, these busy ladies met with 45 different organisations (local government, service providers and community organisations/groups) to help us build new connections and awareness of Advocare’s services.
During the same month, Advocare also made its ‘maiden voyage’ to the Goldfields region with visits to Kalgoorlie, Boulder and Leonora. Tanya and Alessandra were warmly received by the Goldfields community, and they’re looking forward to returning to visit more towns and touch base with the local communities and service providers.
The Kimberley hasn’t been forgotten either. Tanya and Peta have been in this region for the past few weeks meeting with local people to get a feel for the community and hearing about what its particular challenges are for older people. We’re looking forward to sharing their trip highlights in the next newsletter.
These ladies are really going to rack up some miles this year! But it really gives us the privilege to meet with older people in these regional communities and build those important relationships.
Catch up with our Events Listing
Not only can you speak to our Advocates on the telephone or by email you can also chat with them face-to-face. Our representatives are regularly out in the community spreading the word about our services, promoting older people’s rights, reducing social isolation and addressing elder abuse.
In the past months, you may have seen some of our team at the Bunbury Have a Go Day, Harmony Day Communities in Focus (event at City of Joondalup), or the International Women’s Day morning tea at the Brunswick Bowling Club.
Whether you live in the Perth metro or in the regions, check our Community Events Listing page on our website for where you’ll find us next!
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What’s happening at Advocare? – Making tracks with the Regional Outreach Team
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