Food and support during hardship

Midland Information, Debt and Legal Advocacy Service Inc (MIDLAS), who are finding new ways to care for thousands of Western Australians in need, are one of the first community groups to receive support from the Lotterywest COVID-19 Relief Fund.

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To give people what they need with dignity is so important to us.

Sarah Patterson

MIDLAS CEO

MIDLAS, in partnership with the City of Swan, has expanded their services to online and phone-based assessments, allowing counselling measures to continue across shutdowns caused by COVID-19.

The organisation is also delivering food hampers, vouchers and other essential items for clients who are unable to otherwise access services.

MIDLAS CEO Sarah Patterson said demand for their service has increased during COVID-19.

“It’s allowed us to adapt the service we offer to fit with the needs as they change within the community,” she said.

“To give people what they need with dignity is so important to us.

“It’s the support of Lotterywest that helps us to do that.”

Lotterywest has provided MIDLAS with a $60,000 grant to assist people currently experiencing hardship as a result of COVID-19 in the Midland and surrounding areas.

This grant will support the increased demand in people accessing MIDLAS services, with an expected 4,000 clients needing help during the next six to 12 months.

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