We stand shoulder-to-shoulder with flood-impacted Western NSW

Written byAmanda Shoebridge
Published on28 Nov, 2022
Photo shows flood water over a country road with farmland.

Social Futures CEO Tony Davies says he speaks on behalf of the whole of Social Futures as he sends his best wishes to the communities in flood-impacted Western NSW.

“Our thoughts are with our colleagues and all of the communities facing this experience. We want those affected to know we stand shoulder-to-shoulder with you,” he said.

“I applaud our Social Futures staff members who have checked in with so many of the people we work with, and who continue to deliver essential care and support.

“It is at times like this that we understand how vital it is to be there for our communities. Social Futures staff are attending the various Recovery Centres across Western NSW including Eugowra, Parkes, Cudal, Cowra and Forbes, ensuring we have a presence at each. We are making use of our Mobile Outreach Office Van (MOOV) to provide a confidential, accessible space for people to discuss their needs, and to be connected to the right supports and services for them.

“Staff are speaking with community and finding out what donations are needed, and are personally contributing donations as well as sharing this information with our broader work networks. Then each day as staff travel in from our offices in Dubbo, Orange and Bathurst they bring much needed donations that the community are specifically requesting.

“I am immensely proud of our colleagues in the Central West who deliver Local Area Coordination services for the NDIS and StandBy Support After Suicide. We know from our experience in Northern NSW the recovery road that the West are about to walk, and we willingly share our learnings, understanding and support.

“Our Northern NSW staff and the broader Northern Rivers community continue to show resilience and strength nine months on from the floods. I know the communities of Western NSW shares these attributes, and we want them to know we will be there each step of the way.”