Twenty candles

Seventy people gathered, on Wednesday 22 February, to celebrate twenty years of Curraghmore providing a home for people who experience issues with their mental health. Happy Birthday Curraghmore!

Anglicare CEO and a Curraghmore resident cutting the birthday cakeAnglicare’s CEO, Chris Jones, welcomed current and past residents, staff and members of the Anglicare Board to Curraghmore’s twentieth birthday party.

“I remember when Anglicare first received some money thirty-three years ago and began its work of helping people in the Devonport area,” said Chris.

“An area was cleaned out under the Church and this became our first office.

“Community support is as strong today as it was over thirty years ago. Local connections with the Church still exist and we thank the people from the Church who have provided us with the food for this celebration today.

“When Curraghmore was opened by the State Government they didn’t want it to be a facility, rather they wanted it to be a home.

“For twenty years Curraghmore has been a home for people, and that is what we really are celebrating today,” said Chris.

Curraghmore was opened on 18 February 1997, providing 24-hour supported accommodation for up to twelve people, and short-term residential respite for another three.

Funded by the State Government, Anglicare Tasmania is responsible for delivery of services at Curraghmore.

“We hope that the people who live here consider Curraghmore as their home, and we appreciate their participation in the day-to-day running of this place,” said Roxley Anderson, Coordinator of Curraghmore.

Staffed by a team of support workers, Curraghmore operates under a non-medical model in the culture of a home environment.

Participants are encouraged to continue to maintain their independence, advised on what they need to do to achieve this and set their own goals. They manage their own money, food choices and preparation, as well as personal living areas.

“I enjoy that we are a non-clinical service. The relationship we have with Adult Community Mental Health complements our model and provides the essential clinical aspect when assisting with the recovery of an individual,” said Roxley.

“I love the fact that we work within a multi-disciplinary team,” said Jane Winkel. “It’s all about the participant’s recovery, and to see success stories is the best part of my job,” she said.

At a recent meeting the residents all agreed that the best part of living at Curraghmore was “the company” and “having friends”. One added, “The best part for me is: I get the support and help that I need”.

“Governments have come and gone during this period, staff have changed and residents have moved on. The one constant however, is that Curraghmore has always been a place people call home,” said Chris.

“That’s worth celebrating and having a cake to share!,”

 

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