Cash-strapped men’s centre may close
COFFS Harbour's Men's Resource Centre may be forced to close its doors due to a lack of funding.
The Albany St centre, which first opened in 2005, provides assistance to local men in crisis.
"The men who come to the Men's Resource Centre for help are from all walks of life and all trades and professions," centre psychologist Preben Sorensen said.
"They are facing many kinds of crises, from court cases or finding themselves subject of an AVO, to men who are homeless, have lost their partner or their job, or are suffering depression and anxiety."
The centre has helped more than 3500 men and their families since opening, and now assists up to 1000 men per year.
A number of services including advocacy, drug and alcohol counselling, relationship counselling and paralegal assistance are provided by 14 highly- qualified volunteers including Mr Sorensen.
The centre also provides a number of programs on parenting, cooking on a budget, anger management and drugs and alcohol, as well as shower and laundry facilities.
However the centre's $3500 per month expenses are too much to bear.
"Coffs Harbour City Council has offered the centre a place at Toormina Community Centre with a rent of $200 per week and offered to pay the electricity bill, but unfortunately the place only has a few rooms and it is not possible for men to have a shower or wash their clothes," Mr Sorensen said.
The centre is calling for donations to keep them operating and in a suitable location.
To donate visit www.mensresourcecentre.org.