Ms GRALEY (Narre Warren South) — (11 678) My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Families and Children and concerns specialist services offered to local children and families, and the action I seek is for the minister to join with me in visiting Windermere based in the City of Casey. Windermere is a local community service organisation with a passion for improving the lives of individuals, children and families facing complex issues. They offer a wide array of services, ranging from assistance to parents with disabled children to youth empowerment. They are all about building respectful relationships and beyond. Through their victims assistance support program they advocate and provide support through the criminal justice system to their clients, and in addition they offer counselling services and referrals to other appropriate services as needed on a case-by-case basis.

For families facing homelessness Windermere organises crisis accommodation along with other support services to put their lives back on track. The services provided by Windermere to victims of family violence are noteworthy, and the organisation is receiving a large proportion of the $87 million of funding announced recently for family violence support services in Victoria. I was very pleased to see Windermere join me in my Say No to Family Violence campaign recently and proudly display their beautiful banner. At the heart of the organisation lies a passion for making the community a better place for all individuals. They believe in ‘always doing the right thing by our consumers’.

The City of Casey is projecting a population growth to 490 000 people in the next 25 years, which means that services such as Windermere will continue to see a rise in demand. I commend their hard work, especially the work of their tireless workers who are dedicated to helping community members needing additional support when they face very challenging times. I look forward to joining with the minister to visit the team at this fantastic organisation and see firsthand the wonderful work they are doing in our local community.

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