Offering help to families
A NEW, one-stop shop for a range of family dispute resolution services opened yesterday in Lismore.
The consolidated Interrelate Family Centre and Family Law Pathways Network building will service Northern Rivers communities from Tweed to Casino and Kyogle.
The centre at 5 Market St, Lismore, was officially opened by Professor Anne Graham, director of the Centre for Children and Young People at Southern Cross University.
Lismore Mayor Jenny Dowell praised Interrelate's work.
"All of us, from time to time, need assistance. Sometimes the assistance that we need cannot be provided by family or friends," she said.
"We need services and professionals that are objective and can help us work through our differences. I thank Interrelate for doing just that."
Interrelate North Coast area manager Julie Leete said the building would make services more convenient for community members.
"If someone comes into the Family Relationship Centre and we feel that counselling may assist that person, we can just walk them down to our centre so people don't have to wait so long and don't lose the momentum."
Interrelate Lismore helps people deal with violence, separations, relationship issues between a parent and child, and family conflict involving grandparents.
Children can also contact the centre and receive support and help for their families.
"We see a lot of children. A young person can approach us and we will do what we can to help them, or link them up to the appropriate service," Ms Leete said.
Families or individuals needing support can also phone the centre on 6623 2750.