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A note from our CEO 

The most recent easing of restrictions has been welcomed by many West Australians, including those we support at St Bart’s. The re-opening of public libraries, for example, is welcome news for many of those in our supported accommodation who make regular library visits.

While we continue to deliver our full range of services for consumers throughout the course of the pandemic, we have certainly missed our wonderful volunteers who provide such amazing support to our consumers on their recovery journey. We are actively planning for a recommencement of volunteering once we complete a comprehensive planning process to ensure each activity can be carried out safely in line with the current restrictions.

The re-opening of the much-loved Café Lime is also eagerly awaited by consumers, where they can meet for a coffee, breakfast and chat. That said, there is additional training for volunteers and a full COVID safety plan, along with our ability to comply with the social distancing requirements that need to be completed and considered before we can open.

We want to thank everyone who has continued to support St Bart’s during these uncertain times, whether it be through funding, donated goods, or kind words of support. It has been so uplifting to see that people are thinking of those we support and we truly appreciate it.

From all of us at St Bart’s, stay safe and we look forward to seeing many of you soon.

Samantha Drury
St Bart's CEO

Robbie's story

Robbie’s story is one of sheer resilience, and we really wanted to share it with our St Bart’s community.

Robert “Robbie” North came to St Bart’s in October 2019, at the age of 33. As a child, he suffered burns to 85 per cent of his body which has had a significant impact on his entire life. From the age of five, Robbie was in foster care and since then a lack of stable housing was the norm.

Read more about how Robbie has faced his challenges with determination and has created a better tomorrow for himself.

BHP fit to give

A heartfelt “thank you” to the Aussie BHP Petroleum team who managed to clock an impressive 380 hours of running, rowing, walking and lifting to achieve an amazing fundraising effort, with the donation of a massive $45,000 going straight to our Women’s Service.

Petroleum Australia Country Manager Graham Salmond said the real beneficiaries of his team’s efforts are the 20 women who currently reside at St Bart’s transitional accommodation service. The service is fully supported by generous West Australian philanthropists and St Bart’s, and does not receive any regular government funding.

“We were so surprised and grateful to the BHP Petroleum team for this donation, which has a real impact on our ability to keep this very important service – the only one of its kind – open,” said St Bart’s GM Communications and Engagement, Wendy Pryer.
“BHP has been a wonderful supporter of St Bart’s, being the sole funder of the Reconnecting Lives outreach pilot program, which supports about 100 people.
“The petroleum team in particular has volunteered its time to support us, including being involved in a charity sleep out last year and hosting some residents of the Women’s Service with a morning tea at BHP.”

Kym, who is currently being supported by St Bart’s Women’s Service, is grateful for the donation that has helped keep the doors to the service open.

NEW Corporate Profile

Providing valuable information about who we are, our history and the people our services support, St Bart’s brand new Corporate Profile is out!

Please feel free to share it amongst your contacts and spread the word about the work we do to support people in need.

You can download the digital version here

A message on Reconciliation

by Chaplain Ross Jones

Before 1967, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples were not recognised as citizens in their own country. This meant, in most States, that they were unable to be the legal guardian of their own children, did not need to receive the same pay for work as non-Aboriginal people, and were restricted in relation to owning property.

More than 90 per cent of Australians voted “yes” in the 1967 Referendum to allow the Commonwealth Government to recognise Aboriginal people and for them to be counted in the census. At St Bart’s, we are looking at how we can better recognise Aboriginal people and improve our relationships with Aboriginal consumers and stakeholders.

Read more.

Community generosity

Who doesn't love a surprise food delivery? Crates of avocados, meat packs and fresh vegetables were a very welcome (and delicious!) donation from Wungening Aboriginal Corporation to the men in our Future Homes service.

We also received an impromptu donation of 20-litres of sanitiser and anti-bacterial wipes from HazRad Australia and Thuroona Services.

Our wonderfully supportive volunteer doctors from Filipino Australian Health Workers Association Inc Perth WA have not only supported our consumers with health checks at Lime Street during this uncertain time, but have donated hand sanitiser and some food to our Bentley service.

And just as the mornings and evenings start to get chilly, a lovely lady dropped off two bags of cosy hand-knitted scarves and beanies for our consumers.

We’re very grateful for those thinking of us at this time!

International Nurses Day

Did you know 12 May marked the day one of the founders of modern nursing, Florence Nightingale, was born? Even more interesting, her pioneering work during the Crimean War focused on the importance of sanitation and hygiene - including hand washing. How relevant to the hygiene principles that are now at the heart of our coronavirus response!

Our nurses work tirelessly every day - not just during the pandemic - to ensure the health, wellbeing and safety needs of our aged care residents are always met.

National Volunteer Week
18 -24 May

It’s National Volunteer Week, and here at St Bart’s we know just how valuable our trusty vollies are in the day-to-day running of our organisation! We have really missed our volunteers during the pandemic and can’t wait to welcome you back – and that includes our corporate volunteers, school volunteers and a group of 40 or so regular volunteers who support consumers of St Bart’s services in many ways.

From health checks, painting, gardening and playground building to hairdressing, coffee making and barbecue lunches for our aged care residents, Christmas hamper packing and delivering and SO much more, we thank you all from the bottom of our hearts!

You truly do make a difference in the lives of the people we support.

Check out this little photo reel of some recent volunteer activities.

The amazing team of volunteer doctors from Filipino Australian Health Workers Association INC. Perth WA.

Tune in!

If you are a supporter of St Bart’s you might here about us on 6PR or 98.5 during the month of June. We will be reaching out to all of our wonderful supporters, and hopefully attracting some new ones too, with the Give them hope campaign that will be featured on radio, via email and in print.

Did you catch it?

Our social channels are a great way to stay up to date with the happenings around St Bart’s. Click on any of the links at the bottom of this newsletter to Like or Follow our pages.

In the meantime, here are a few posts you may have missed 
Reclink Australia's sporty donation

Mother's Day morning tea at Women's Service

The Last Post sounds for Anzac Day

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