Attended the event on Homelessness and Mental Health last night, organized by Voices of Warringah @ Manly Life Saving Club.
A forum about vulnerable people, the bottom 4% of a bell curve. People in our community who don’t have a voice, and potentially don’t vote. People who are living rough, people with mental illness’, people with a disability, youth at risk.
It was encouraging to see people of our community and the expert panel who are working in this sector, most of whom I know personally throughout my 10 years of working in this space. It was great to hear Dean Harris, Labor candidate talking about Labors policies. The Q&A discussion talked about increasing issues and concerns, as well as looking at what is needed and what local strategies we need for the future.
When I arrived I was asked to do the Acknowledgement of Country, which I always do with pride. Last night I wanted that opportunity to be afforded to another candidate and after a quick discussion with Mr Harris he willingly accepted, and his Acknowledgement of Country was heartfelt and a meaningful way to begin the evening. I look forward to the other candidates being given the opportunity to Acknowledge Country.
Homelessness and Mental Health Forum
Voices of Warringah
11 April 2019 - Manly Surf Life Saving Club