One of Southcare’s longest serving volunteers and founding members, Helen Moore, certainly has lived up to her name.
You see, her Southcare story started in 1982 when she helped establish the local community-first movement and now – some 40 years later – her legacy is still encouraging the use of caring hands to help others.
Such has been the significance of her voluntary contribution – mainly spent as a Board member for 32 years – that the café built at Mankara will be called “Helen’s Café” in her honour.
The café takes pride of place on the ground floor of the new development and is a friendly place to chat and connect over a cuppa with loved ones.
“It was easy to see a need,” Helen said when asked about why she first helped start Southcare.
“It’s about helping people and connecting others. It’s always worthwhile to make a contribution and even better when you can do that with great people.
“The area has changed over time, it was dominated by State Housing and while that is no longer the case there is still a need to be a helper,” Helen said.
Southcare first started helping people in 1982 with emergency food supplies, clothing and support to those who were disadvantaged by age, illness, disability, unemployment, poverty and social strain.
That ethos continues today and the new Mankara community is very much at the heart of that.
Chief Executive Officer Dr Nicky Howe said the development was underpinned by community, care and connection.
“Some 40 years after a need was first identified, isn’t it great that Helen’s legacy continues today with the same caring purpose, this time extending it to create suitable accommodation to live an independent and fulfilled life?” Nicky said.
“Helen’s words ring true in that ‘helping people doesn’t take a lot, but can mean a lot to people’.”
“How exciting that we continue to help people as welcome them to the community of Mankara.
Chief Executive Officer Dr Nicky Howe visited Helen during National Volunteers Week. The theme of the week is “Recognise. Reconnect. Re–imagine” and Helen’s legacy is a wonderful way to do that.