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VIP for vulnerable community

5 September 2022

The sun was shining, and the smell of a sausage sizzle filled the air as some of Logan’s most vulnerable community gathered at an invitation-only health and wellbeing event recently.

A network of agencies* banded together to organise the intimate event and ensure all aspects of health and wellbeing were covered.

Metro South Worker (and representative of the organising committee) Dan Nguyen said the collaborative event was designed to boost the mental wellbeing of attendees and make them feel special – a crucial step in their recovery journeys. 
The community liaison officer, who previously worked as a psychologist, said it was common for people with dependencies to suffer low self-worth, something that needed to change. 

“We decided to create a VIP experience that would let attendees know they were worthy and part of a caring community,” Mr Nguyen said.

“Did we want to increase access to and raise awareness about the many useful health services available at their fingertips? Yes! But this was never the focus of the event- the attendees were.

“We wanted to make sure they walked away fed, clothed and happy.”

Along with receiving free grocery vouchers and a new outfit (courtesy of Lighthouse and Lifeline), attendees had the opportunity to participate in workshops designed to help self-manage their emotional wellbeing. 

The acupressure, mindfulness and breathing, and tai chi workshops were frequented during the event with positive feedback provided by consumers and providers alike. 

Mr Nguyen attributed the success of the event to the collaborative approach taken by organisations providing addiction services to the people of Logan and hoped that the event would have a lasting impact on those who attended.

*The Working Group for this event was made up of representatives from Lives Lived Well, Youth and Family Services, Family Drug Support, Uniting Care Community and Metro South Health Addiction Services. 

Last updated 5 September 2022
Last reviewed 5 September 2022

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