Grant to support vulnerable West Australians

$800,000 Lotterywest grant to provide emergency relief services to those in need.

A community services agency with more than 150 years’ experience of helping West Australians in need has been awarded an $800,000 Lotterywest grant.

Community Services Minister Tony Simpson said the Lotterywest grant, presented to St Vincent de Paul this morning, would provide emergency relief services for vulnerable families and individuals.

“The challenges involved in providing such a wide range of services including food, material aid and budget advice, as well as friendship and support across multiple locations is remarkable,” Mr Simpson said.

“Organisations such as St Vincent de Paul, which work closest to the community, are best placed to understand and provide for people in need and the funding is important to enable the organisation to successfully deliver those services.”

The Minister said the State Government was strongly committed to partnering with community service organisations to deliver better outcomes to the most vulnerable members of our community.

“I commend St Vincent de Paul for their efforts, and that of its 2,000 volunteers whose tremendous contribution makes this possible.  Volunteering is central to our common goal of building stronger and more resilient communities,” he said.

Established in Western Australia in 1865, St Vincent de Paul is widely known and highly respected as one of the largest providers of community services in WA and a leader in social policy reform.

  • WA is the only State where money raised from lottery products is distributed directly back to the community to support community sector organisations
  • Last financial year, Lotterywest raised $283 million to support the WA community
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