“To the Red Bike committee and Hervey Bay Neighbourhood Centre
Thank you so much for your support. It means a lot to the people in this community, and it fills an important gap.
I would like to take this opportunity to communicate a few things about June.
The links between Red Bike and the Neighbourhood Centre a brilliant from my point of view. From a counselling perspective, the Neighbourhood Centre has a network of people who help people find support.
The Neighbourhood Centre provides a contact point for many people in this area.
In June there were a total of 37 appointments and there are two cases I would like to tell you about a little more.
The police were involved in a case involving sexual abuse and talked with the Neighbourhood Centre staff about the inability of the family to access counselling support. Through the generosity of Red Bike, they were able to link this family to counselling until other services become available later in June.
Another staff member in the Hervey Bay Neighbourhood Centre has been working with a family where there is a history of abuse and the services in Hervey Bay disengaged from the family (this has happened over years). They have felt alone and unable to find support. The Neighbourhood Centre has supported this family and has now linked them to counselling thanks to Red Bike. This family is in a difficult situation and the circumstances and history are now impacting all five members of the family. They have tried to access government support but have not found the assistance they needed. In this situation, there are likely to be more appointments over a longer period of time because trust with support agencies and individuals has been damaged.
On behalf of the two families above, I would like to pass on thanks and appreciation.”
Michael Radic from Fraser Coast Counselling and Life Coaching.