The Rotary Club of Maroubra members welcomed Alan Earls and Ross Durkin from Sydney Community Safe Space Inc as our special guest speakers on July 17th. The Sydney Community Safe Space team runs a peer-Led suicide prevention program that supports anyone struggling with suicidal thoughts, behaviour or thinking. Or who maybe experiencing mental distress, or chronic loneliness. This program is supported by Roses in the Ocean, and runs using trained Peer Support Volunteers, who themselves have lived experience of suicidality and/or mental distress either from their own lives or supporting someone in a carer capacity.
The Safe-Space itself is a Community Space, that provides a warm, welcoming environment in which to reduce stress. It is an alternative to the emergency department, which are not the best fit for people in emotional pain and distress. Alan and Ross first set-up a Pop-up community safe space in Summer Hill , Inner West (Aug-21) . It now has a permanent home and runs every Friday & Saturday night. The team have recently set-up a new Pop-up safe space in Coogee at the Eastward Senior Citizen Community Centre. It opens its doors each Thursday & Friday night from 6pm-9pm. They are hoping that with the help and support from the Local Community, Local Health Services and Randwick Council this Pop-up, will soon find a permanent home in the Coogee/Randwick/Maroubra area.
The Members of Rotary Club Maroubra, would like to thank Alan Earls & Ross Durkin, for connecting with our Club. As active members of the Local Community we look forward to finding ways for us to rally and show our support for the Sydney Community Safe Team, And we look forward to them setting up permanent residency in the Eastern Suburbs. https://www.sydneycommunitysafespaceinc.org