Have you ever asked yourself what would Christmas be like if you were alone, couldn’t afford presents or to buy lunch for your family? Unfortunately, for some people in our community this will be the reality this Christmas. Grampians Community Health is again this year hoping to ease this burden with the help of some beautiful donations.

It takes compassion and understanding to act knowing that there are many people in our community who feel as if they don’t belong, they feel lonely and the rush for gifts during Christmas can be sad time.

Grampians Community Health (GCH) work closely with many in helping people during periods of crisis, illness or distress. In 2017 GCH were contacted 30,000 times by people seeking support in areas such as family violence, alcohol and drug issues, gambling addiction, NDIS programs, homelessness, behavioural change, or seeking to talk to someone such as a counsellor.

Grampians Community Health CEO Greg Little said that when the community comes together to help a person in need, the bond between people deepens and it creates a greater sense of belonging.

“This is exactly what Spotlight in Horsham has achieved by creating craft groups and donating gifts to Grampians Community Health to pass on to vulnerable people in our community” said Mr Little

Local businesses such as Spotlight play a big part in helping the community. Gemma Beavis the Healthy Communities Program Leader at GCH said “each time we hand a gift that was donated by the community to our clients, their eye lights up. They are so grateful because at these times they feel as if they are treated like humans and belong in the community. For a moment they forget their traumas and the solitude of facing difficult times in their lives.”

Grampians Community Health is grateful to many business and community groups who donate basic goods to help our clients.

“Sometimes all a person needs is a dignity pack, such as the bags donated by the Country Women’s Association to people facing difficult times and at risk of homelessness, without the community helping us, our job would be more difficult” said Ms Beavis

“It is true Christmas spirit which is incredibly appreciated by Grampians Community Health and the people we provide services too, thank you so much all the local business and the overall community for lending us a hand to continue to help vulnerable people in our communities, not just now but throughout the year” added Mr Little

Anyone wishing to access any of the Grampians Community Health services can easily do so by calling 5358 7400.

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