Veteran Bill – a story of resilience

“And then I got hit,” Bill said, so casually that it took a moment to realise the severity of the situation he found himself in some 70 years ago. 

This is the story of one special St Bart’s client, 93-year-old Bill, and his experience in the Korean War. 

Read the full story here.

A note from our CEO 

Given the snap lockdown over the ANZAC Day long weekend, we were relieved that we were able to commemorate our veterans in the week leading up to it with an event that was attended by a wonderful group of residents, clients and staff. We were joined by board members and St Bart’s Chaplain, along with our Patron Graham Edwards, who spoke of the importance of honouring those who have served and of the great Australian characteristic of mateship. The event also included a beautiful rendition of The Last Post and Reveille, which was performed by former military musician Ted Tait.

Since the end of March when the moratorium on rental increases and evictions came to a halt, as expected we have experienced an increase in enquiries for our accommodation services. Even more concerning is that the majority of these enquiries have been for our Family Service, which puts into perspective the harsh reality of the situation that many families are now facing. 

We have also found that with the lack of affordable accommodation, residents in our Women’s Service who are ready to move into their own home in the community are unable to. This has led to an increase in the waitlist for the Women’s Service - which relies on its funding through the donations of generous philanthropists - so we extend our heartfelt thanks to those who continue to support this vital service. 

It’s hard to believe that the end of the first half of 2021 is just around the corner, and our Fundraising Manager has been busy putting together our June fundraising campaign. It is centred around an amazing lady who is currently residing in our Women’s Service, and who is making huge strides in realising her dream of owning her own home one day. It is an inspirational story and one we hope you will enjoy reading in the coming weeks.

It was wonderful to have the opportunity to cover all aspects of our services in an interview on Radio Fremantle earlier this week. Amongst many points that were highlighted was how compassionate understanding and an individual approach to recovery works well for the people we support. Feel free to have a listen here.

As always, we are so thankful for your ongoing support of the work we do to assist those in our community who need it most. We’d love to hear from you if you have any queries, so feel free to reply to this email and we’ll get back to you very soon. 

Samantha Drury
St Bart's CEO   

Making a difference with mental health

When Lincoln Abraham reached out for support to deal with his own mental health challenges in 2018, it led him on an important life journey of study, and now work, to help others in need of support.
Lincoln, 28, completed work placement at St Bart’s Swan Community Recovery Village, supporting 25 residents with mental health challenges who were also at risk of becoming homeless before joining St Bart’s.
The work placement opportunity came about as a result of a partnership between St Bart’s and the Marr Mooditj Aboriginal Training Corporation, based in Bentley. Through the partnership signed in late 2019, St Bart’s has already supported three Aboriginal students wanting practical experience as part of their studies.
“The work placement has been a great opportunity to put the things I have learned into practice and now I have got work with Spartan and plan to go to university.” 
Read more about Lincoln’s story here.


BHP Lunch ‘n Learn

A casual presentation from St Bart’s CEO Sam Drury over lunch at BHP left the audience virtually speechless, as the shocking statistics and stories of women facing homelessness hit home. 
In celebration of International Women’s Day, Sam was invited to speak about her own experiences as a woman in the corporate world, along with the devastating events that can very quickly lead to women without a safe place to sleep. 
Here are a few key facts from the discussion:
  • St Bart’s Women’s Service is the only one of its kind in Western Australia for single women.
  • It supports up to 20 women at any one time, with a total of 60 women in 2020.
  • The average age of residents is 50 years.
  • Seventy per cent of residents have experienced domestic violence.
  • More than half (53%) of residents are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people.
  • Nine per cent are Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) people.
  • The service is fully funded through the generosity of philanthropists, businesses and donations from individuals.
A huge “thank you” to BHP’s Petroleum team for giving us the opportunity to have an open discussion on this very important topic.

Spotlight on Clare

Here at St Bart’s we are lucky to be surrounded by passionate, hardworking people who are positively impacting those we support each and every day.
One very special young lady is 23-year-old Clare Kershaw who, in her spare time outside of studying Community Services, volunteers hours to St Bart’s with activities like gardening, painting, shifts at our onsite café (Café Lime), IT development, on-site BBQ’s, NAIDOC Week events, and the hugely busy Christmas campaign.
Clare says that her own lived experience of mental health challenges, including Complex PTSD, fibromyalgia and ADHD, have provided her with the tools to assist the people seeking our support.
“I’m really passionate about mental health and the link between that and homelessness, and love having the opportunity to support people with similar challenges to mine. It’s also great seeing the mateship between St Bart’s consumers.”


Stars of St Stephen’s School 

  • When the students from St Stephen’s School are on a cleaning spree, they mean business! The group visited our Lime St premises in March and undertook a COVID-19 clean of every table and chair in Café Lime. They then took to the car park and perimeter of our building for a huge clean up before engaging in a chat about volunteerism and the value of community service.
  • We were delighted to welcome more students who came to prepare and cook a delicious sausage sizzle for our residents to enjoy.
    Year 12 students Emma and Ryan, who are busy studying for their ATAR, said they were keen to help out and give back to the community.
    "It was really interesting learning about what St Bart's does and seeing others volunteering was amazing."
  • The residents of our Women's Service had a lovely time welcoming a group of students from St Stephen’s School who came to put on a BBQ lunch for the ladies.
    Not only was there plenty of chatter, but the students also went home with some handy tips from our residents about cutting onions!

Paying it forward

Kennel Handler Jasmin and her four-legged buddy Saint from Dogs Refuge Home thought our recent donation of towels, sheets and blankets was pretty paw-fect!
This fantastic organisation is dedicated to giving abandoned dogs a second chance at a happy life through adoption and always welcomes donations of food, treats, toys, towels, blankets and bed sheets. Spare a thought for them over the coming months, especially as the weather starts to cool.


Fieldsy draws the crowd

It was through a collaboration between West Australian Music (WAM), Minderoo Foundation and 360 Artist Logistics that saw St Bart’s first introduction to the ever-so-talented Fieldsy last year.
She was such a hit at our Women’s Service and loved the experience so much that she volunteered to come back to play again, bringing along Little Miss Squeezebox (keyboard and piano accordion), and Madeleine Antoine (violin) for the ride.
Powerful, soulful and full of energy, the trio burst onto the scene at St Bart’s and drew quite the crowd!
They even came with a donation of a box full of CDs from local bands for our residents to enjoy.

Care and civilisation
by Chaplain Ross Jones

To care means to provide to the person in need that which is necessary for their health, welfare, maintenance and protection. Margaret Mead, a famous female anthropologist, pointed to care as the mark of being human.

Years ago, Mead was asked by a student what she considered to be the first sign of civilisation in a culture. The student expected Mead to talk about fishhooks or clay pots or grinding stones. Instead, she said it was a femur (thighbone) that had been broken and then healed. 

Read further here.


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