THE new head of Sandhurst CentaCare says he wants to grow the organisation to reach more people.
Peter Richardson took the reins as director this week.
After more than two decades working at St Lukes, the Department of Human Services and most recently Haven Homesafe, Mr Richardson said he was excited about the new opportunity.
He said CentaCare had potential to expand as a counselling and wellbeing service.
“My vision at the moment is to grow CentaCare to be able to provide assistance to anyone, anywhere around the diocese,” he said.
“We cover such a wide area, so it would be great to build into other areas.”
CentaCare operates offices in Bendigo, Shepparton and Wedderburn, under the Sandhurst Catholic diocese.
Mr Richardson said the goals of empowering and helping people was his main motivation in the role. He said he has always been inspired to assist others during his career in social work.
“I’ve got a little sign on my wall that says ‘have you made a difference in someone’s life today?’. So that's what I try and think about. It is a personal commitment."
“It’s about making connections with our local communities."
Mr Richardson said there were opportunities to work with other social work agencies.
In recent years CentaCare has also provided aid to bushfire, drought and flood-affected members of the community.
Bishop of Sandhurst Les Tomlinson said he was pleased to welcome Mr Richardson into the role.
He said his expertise would make him a great replacement for outgoing director Paul Fogarty.
For more on CentaCare and pictures of Paul Fogarty's farewell see page 36.