I'm a young woman who lives in Sydney. I know the value of community organisations. I recently had a young queer friend from Western Sydney approach me, asking for help to deal with issues of homophobia and severe depression. I knew she was at risk of self harm. Having community services in NSW meant I could help her access free counseling and a support group. She would never have been able to afford these services otherwise. Without organisations like the Gay and Lesbian Counseling Service, I wouldn't have known how to help her.
Twenty-six vital community organisations, including the Welfare Rights Centre, Lifeline (Sydney and Sutherland), Redfern Legal Centre's financial counselling service and the Gay and Lesbian Counselling Service and Twenty10, are at risk of having their funding cut by the NSW Government.
"An internal review by Community Services, part of the Department of Family and Community Services, has recommended reducing funding to at least seven organisations, including the Welfare Rights Centre, Lifeline (Sydney and Sutherland), Redfern Legal Centre's financial counselling service and the Gay and Lesbian Counselling Service."
"Alternatively, they may be moved to the aegis of the Department of Health, or to Ageing Disability and Home Care without funding." Adele Horin, SMH, 16/8/12
Lots of people find themselves in tough situations. Community organisations help them see a future. They also help us help each other.
Premier O'Farrell, don't cut community. Have Community Services, of the Department of Family and Community Services, leave funding intact for all of us.
The campaign website is barrycutswebleed.com - please check it out.
Premier O'Farrell is on Twitter here and Minister Pru Goward is here. Use the hashtag #BOFcutswebleed to tweet about this petition!