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Centres rewarded for vital work in community


A web-based home exercise program for people affected by cancer or chronic health conditions is now a reality after The Kaden Centre received much-needed funds.

The centre, which is a registered health promotion charity based in Warabrook, has been handed $48,400 by the Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation to continue its vital work within the community.

Managing Director Suzanne Clark-Pitrolo says the demand for home programs has increased since the start of the pandemic and believes the grant will help the centre reach more people.

“It’s phenomenal [to receive the grant],” she says.

“It has reinforced that the community sees this type of [work] is of great value – we are unique and to receive that endorsement is wonderful.”

The Hunter Women’s Centre also received $44,218, which will go towards a new model of trauma-informed counselling in the Upper Hunter for women experiencing domestic violence and abuse.

According to Manager Kate Saint, the service will be a combination of face-to-face counselling and then backed up by internet services that are based in community settings, allowing women safe access to this service.

She says there has been an increase in demand for domestic violence-related services during COVID-19.

“The impacts of this pandemic will be felt for a long while yet,” Ms Saint says.

The Kaden Centre provides customised exercise programs for cancer patients and those with chronic conditions.  

“Hunter Women Centre’s capacity versus service demand is always a challenge and a balancing act.

“The generous funds that Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation (NPCF) has provided enables us to extend our services to another area where we know women and their families will benefit by being able to access [help] easily and locally.”

Ms Saint adds the centre is “elated” to receive the funding.

“To be able to trial this new service model, which will help to support women in the Upper Hunter who are impacted by domestic family violence and abuse, is a win/win for all involved,” she says.

“Without this funding, this just could not happen.”

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