Boost for Soul Café’s Mental Health Clinic

In a welcome boost for their mental health services, Rick Prosser, Soul Café CEO, announced that Port Waratah Coal Services have extended their funding of the Soul Café mental health clinician.

28 May 2018

“The clinic is essential in providing our guests with outreach mental health support in a friendly, familiar environment” Mr Prosser said.

Port Waratah has been funding the clinician for 10 hours per week since 2015. The extension of the partnership between Soul Café and Port Waratah Coal Services will now enable the Mental Health Clinician to be funded for a total of 25 hours per week until the end of 2019.

“This gives us the ability to maintain our highly qualified clinician and greater opportunity to support our most vulnerable guests” Mr Prosser said.

In 2017, 344 mental health sessions were provided to 100 individuals, most of who carry very complex health related issues. Coupled with Soul Café’s volunteer run Doctor’s Clinic the synergies and outcomes for the guests are in some cases life changing and lifesaving. The importance of the clinician is profound, one guest, Glenn, shared his experience:

Glenn has been seeing Tim, Soul Cafe’s Mental Health Clinician, for the last three months. When Glenn first came to Soul Café, he had lost access to his son due to relationship breakdown. As a result of this, he was connected with Tim, and was assisted on a journey to reconnect with his son, who is now in his care. The Mental Health Clinician is now supporting Glenn with parenting and maintaining the reconnection with his son. 
“After seeing Tim it’s a relief. He doesn’t sugar coat things. He’s upfront and honest with you. He will tell you things that you need to hear, but in a good way.
Tim has been sick for two weeks, and I was really struggling, but I saw him yesterday and we spoke for an hour. I feel better today and reassured after seeing him again. He’s good to talk to and I feel comfortable around him.” says Glenn.

Port Waratah CEO, Hennie du Plooy, said he was grateful for the partnership with Soul Café and pleased to see the community funded organisation go from strength to strength.

“We are so proud that we can support a group like Soul Café – a local organisation supporting our local people in need. The growth of the service, and its positive impact on Newcastle’s most needy is a testament to the volunteers and staff”.

“Our Community Investment and Partnership Programme is something we are very proud to share with the Newcastle and Hunter Region, and it is with partnerships like that with Soul Café that we can help deliver positive benefits to our local community” Mr du Plooy said.

For more information please contact
Trudie Larnach
Office:  (02) 4907 2396