GRAMPIANS Community Health will expand its services when it opens at a new base in Horsham on Tuesday.
The organisation has operated in David Street for many years, but will relocate to the former Wades building in Hamilton Street.
Chief executive Greg Little said the new location would allow the organisation to increase its National Disability Insurance Scheme and My Aged Care offerings, among other services.
“We hadn’t really been able to push these services in Horsham as we didn't have the capacity for things like support groups or after-hours activities, or to have extra staff come up and work in Horsham,” he said.
“Now we can do that.
“We will also have a lot more opportunities to run training and support groups.
“We also want to be able to open the new base to the community for after-hours use. We have a number of groups who use our Stawell building including the Stawell Performing Arts Company and quilters group, and want to be able to make that service available to groups in Horsham as well.
“The new building will also be a far nicer environment for our staff.”
The move from David Street started last year, when Grampians Community Health received funding through the Rural Health Infrastructure Fund for a new base.
Mr Little said the organisation had been looking for a more suitable building in a central location for many years before that.
“With the state government funding we were able to refurbish the former Wades building into something really special for our community,” he said.
“We will be close to organisations we partner with in headspace and Western Victoria Primary Health Network, and not that far from Uniting Wimmera either.
“A lot of people don’t know what our organisation provides. In David Street, because the entrance was obscured by trees it might not have been inviting for people to come in and find out what we’re about.
“David Street has served the community very well for many years, however it can’t compare to the new hub in the facilities, services and opportunities for new programs we can offer.”
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