Liverpool’s Flowerdale Cottage To Expand While Celebrating 20 Years Of Operation

Fri Sep 16, 2016

Liverpool’s Flowerdale Cottage is looking to expand its offerings and help more than 80 additional people from across south western Sydney with their mental health recovery journeys.

The expansion plan will be a theme of Flowerdale Cottage’s open day on 14 October. Coinciding with national Mental Health Month, the open day also marks 20 years of operation at Flowerdale Cottage.

Run by foremost community-based mental health support provider Flourish Australia, Flowerdale Cottage is a landmark local mental health initiative providing day-to-day living support for people with severe and persistent mental health issues.

Working collaboratively with Liverpool and Fairfield Hospital’s, Flowerdale Cottage currently helps 116 people, but that figure is likely to jump to nearly 200 thanks to package funding made available under the Commonwealth Government’s National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

Under the NDIS, people with a lived experience of a mental health issue can choose which mental health support providers they wish to engage with.

“The arrival of the NDIS has been a game changer of sorts for Flowerdale Cottage,” Manager Kathy Molnar-Simpson said.

“It means we can open our doors further than ever before to support local people who live with mental health issues.

“This marks a significant turning point in the 20 years that Flowerdale Cottage has been operating.”

Flowerdale Cottage offers recovery-orientated day-to-day support, on the basis that people with mental health issues who are engaged with activities and interacting with the community are more likely to enjoy meaningful and independent lives.

The cottage runs a series of social programs including art classes, community outings and wellbeing education sessions.

“Living with mental health issues can be stigmatising and isolating,” Ms Molnar-Simpson said.

“Just having somewhere to go and people to interact with can make a staggering difference in terms of recovery.

“Such community based support can often stop people falling through the cracks and turning to drugs and alcohol, ending up in hospitals and jails and resorting to suicide.”

Local man Gorgeous Galanos is one of many people to have benefitted from Flowerdale Cottage. After being homeless for 15 years, Gorgeous became involved with the service 12 months ago and now participates three days a week.

“I’m on a road to recovery I never would have thought possible,” Gorgeous explained.

“At Flowerdale Cottage I’ve made new friends, learned new skills and developed a whole new outlook on life.

“My recovery journey has taken enormous strides forward and it’s a wonderful thing that such help is being made available to so many additional people.”

The community is invited to attend the Flowerdale Cottage open day – particularly those seeking support with mental health issues, and their families and friends.

Anyone wishing to seek more information or make a donation to Flowerdale Cottage should contact Kathy Molnar-Simpson on 9393 9152.

MEDIA PICTURE AND INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITY

MEDIA OUTLETS ARE INVITED TO ATTEND FLOWERDALE COTTAGE AND CONDUCT INTERVIEWS DURING OR IN ADVANCE OF THE OPEN DAY ON 14 OCTOBER (10.00am-2.00pm).

MEDIA ENQUIRIES

Matthew Watson – 0417 691 884

Flourish Australia (formerly RichmondPRA) is a not-for-profit organisation providing community-based support programs, employment, accommodation and hope for more than 5,000 people with mental health issues across 64 locations in New South Wales and Queensland. It has been in operation for more than 61 years.