A GRAMPIANS Community Health relocation will create a social health hub in Horsham.
The organisation is one of five health groups in rural and regional Victoria that will share in close to $6 million in state government grants for upgrades.
Grampians Community Health chief executive Jill Miller said a grant of about $1 million would allow the organisation to relocate its current office in David Street, Horsham, to the former Wade’s building in Hamilton Street.
She said the grant would cover the cost of the relocation, planned for early next year.
She said the new office would be opposite headspace and close to Nexus, which Grampians Community Health runs.
“It’s a great place to go – we are really excited about this move,” she said.
“The government gave us the full amount we needed.
“We really thank them for their generosity to help our services in Horsham. It's just such great news for all concerned.”
Ms Miller said the organisation had been searching for a suitable new home for years.
“The Wade’s building is ideal for many reasons, including having great access for people needing our services close to where they go about their daily lives,” she said.
“It also helps achieve the long-held ideal of a group of Horsham-based health and community support services providing a service hub at each end of the city.
“The refurbishment will create growth space as well as a lovely environment filled with natural light for our offices, and counselling and group rooms.”
Ms Miller said the building would house Grampians Community Health’s primary care counselling, healthy mums-healthy babies, health promotion, and alcohol and drug services, including home-based withdrawal, rehabilitation and counselling services.
Wimmera Drug Action Taskforce will also use the new site.
“Grampians Community Health is the major provider of family violence counselling and support services for women and children in Wimmera, as well as housing and homelessness support services,” Ms Miller said.
“This new facility will honour people coming to those services with a pleasant and safe environment.”
Ms Miller said work to refurbish the building would start within months.
“Plans are well advanced and planning permits received,” she said.
Victorian Health Minister Jill Hennessy said the government awarded a total of $9.8 million in grants to community health services across the state.