Whether anyone is in need of just a friendly ear – or to address issues such as homelessness, or financial or emotional stress – Bill is available to guide community members towards the right assistance.
Strathbogie Shire boasts an impressive array of grassroots service-providers, such as community houses and community groups, which are only too happy to provide expertise. So, Bill has been busy extending his networks within our communities and facilitating connections between providers and those in-need.
In a year like no other, Bill said the pandemic is impacting lives in many new and different ways.
“So, it’s only natural some of us may need extra support, perhaps even for the first time in our lives,” Bill said.
“I’m here to say it’s OK to speak up – to say, ‘hey, I’m not going so great and I need some assistance’. You’re definitely not alone and there are people who can help.”
The Community Connector role is a Victorian Government initiative, which has seen Connectors rolled out across local governments state-wide for at least six months.
For Strathbogie Shire, Bill brings a wealth of experience in welfare support, including working with Indigenous and multicultural communities. He has worked with the Smith Family and St Vincent de Paul, in addition to working with remote communities in Western Australia.
Bill said he is enjoying the role and embracing the communities in Strathbogie Shire.
“It’s been great for me so far. I’ve enjoyed getting to know the team here. I’ve been able to hit the ground running and I’m looking forward to making a difference.”