Constituency question: Stonnington Community Assist
My constituency question is for the Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers, and I ask: will the state government provide funding for Stonnington Community Assist to employ a paid full-time coordinator? Stonnington Community Assist is a volunteer-only agency which provides information, referrals, advocacy, emergency relief, no-interest loans and other crucial support to those who face disadvantage or are suffering from financial hardship in our community, and they have been doing this for over 50 years. It is a valuable and vital community resource that supports over 650 vulnerable clients each year, and being able to employ a paid staff member would enable the organisation to provide more in-depth casework with clients, help to manage the recruitment and support of volunteers and oversee administrative tasks. This would be of immense benefit to our local community, particularly for people in need.