Future secured for rural community care organisation

THE future looks bright for South Eastern Community Care (SEC Care) as it welcomes the official opening of its first independently owned headquarters.

Following 45-years operating out of leased buildings, the not-for-profit organisation has secured its future by purchasing and restoring the old Sorell Council Chambers, located in Somerville Street, Sorell.

SEC Care chief executive officer Helen Pollard said that following much hard work, the organisation was pleased to finally welcome the new building.

“With all the changes happening with aged care in 2017, there has never been a more important time to have safeguards in place for supporting our elders living in rural communities,” she said.

“Owning and operating out of our own building will secure our future as a community care provider, as well as the future of many individuals who wish to remain independent in rural parts of southern Tasmania.”

Tasmanian Premier Will Hodgman, who opened the new building, congratulated SEC Care for its hard work in empowering people to live in their own homes and thrive in their communities.

“It’s the role of community, government and businesses to create a culture of support, particularly for active ageing in Tasmania,” he said.

“We know that Tasmania has the oldest and most rapidly aging population of all states, so it’s important that there are initiatives like this in place to support Tasmanians when they need it.”

SEC Care provides a range of flexible in-home care, community support and centre-based services to people who require assistance in southern Tasmania.

For more information about SEC Care, visit www.secommunitycare.com.au or the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/secommunitycare.com.

Caption: SEC Care client Margaret with home support worker Robin out doing the groceries. Photo credit: Karen Brown.