Cottage set to spread its wings

October 7, 2016 by  

An important and long-running mental health recovery facility in Liverpool, New South Wales is about to expand.

Flowerdale Cottage, operated by not-for-profit organisation Flourish Australia, is set to expand its services to cater for a further 80 people thanks to a funding package made possible via the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

Manager Kathy Molnar-Simpson described the NDIS funding as a “game changer” for the cottage, saying its arrival will allow the service to effectively help more local people suffering with mental health issues than ever before.

The work undertaken at the cottage during its past 20 years of operation has often been applauded in newsletter printing throughout the community but this latest assistance, she said, marks a major turning point.

Flowerdale Cottage, which on October 14 is to host an open day as part of national Mental Health Month, has helped many people during its tenure in Liverpool.

Local man Georgios Galanas attended the open day in 2015 and has not looked back since. According to the Liverpool Champion, he had been struggling with mental illness, and was homeless and unwell when he first found Flowerdale Cottage.

He said that being a part of such a group provided unconditional friendships, as well as an opportunity to undertake and improve interests such as his art.

The Open Day will be held at Flowerdale Cottage, 19 Flowerdale Road from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.