Amaranth - bigger and better

November 01, 2017

Amaranth Foundation CEO Julianne Whyte and Amaranth Client and Family Support Team Leader and Volunteer Co-ordinator Jo Bathols are inviting the public to attend Amaranth’s official launch on November 14.

Big things are happening at the Amaranth Foundation in Corowa, starting with the official launch of its headquarters in the former Karinya building.

Amaranth Foundation CEO Julianne Whyte said staff had settled nicely into the bigger location after relocating in February.

While Amaranth is well known for its palliative care programs and mental health services, Mrs Whyte said the re-launch of its brand would be an opportunity to display all the services the not-for-profit foundation provides.

“We would like to introduce what we do here and showcase our services because it’s not just counselling,” she said.

“Amaranth was originally set up to work with people who are dying to provide mental health and social support during the end of life phase and we have grown to include other services.”

The launch on November 14 will have two components – the first part will be officially opening the new premises which will take place between 12pm and 2.30pm and include speeches and a council dignitary will be invited to help with the proceedings.

Amaranth will also launch the Trevor Davis Pay It Forward Compassionate Community Fund.

The community fund was established in memory of Trevor Davis who passed away from cancer recently at the age of 54 and had used the Amaranth services.

The Corowa resident, with the blessing of his family, wanted to leave a legacy that would help support people during their end of life or those who are frail or just down on their luck and are in need of a leg up.

“One of his views on life was what you do to someone, you always get back – the more you give, the more you get,” Mrs Whyte said.

“It gave him great peace of mind knowing we were helping him and he wanted to give that back because he felt he had been given so much and that’s the pay it forward concept.”

The fund is starting off with almost $300 raised at Mr Davis’ funeral and will now rely on donations and fund-raising to keep the fund going.

A committee will later be set up to oversee the fund and help support people.

The second half of the launch, between 3.30pm to 5pm, will involve the presentation of a new volunteer program.

Amaranth has linked up with the Volunteer Resource Bureau in Albury to train volunteers in four different areas.

“This is going to be a launch of our volunteer program and a call to the community to consider volunteering at Amaranth because we are serious about training and supporting people who want to volunteer,” Mrs Whyte said.

Mrs Whyte refers to the foundation as a wrap-around type of service.

“Someone may need counselling but they are struggling to pay the bills and put food on the table and so we can help through our partnership with Wodonga Foodshare,” she said.

“We have about 30 registered clients that come in for frozen meals or non-perishable items.”

Amaranth is also looking forward to introducing new online services in the next 12 months, including community services like health care and personal care.

Amaranth will soon be NDIS registered and will be providing specialist social work and case management support to people with disabilities throughout Victoria and NSW.

Mrs Whyte said the foundation would later be registered with My Aged Care so it can be a service provider to people over 65.

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