As Coordinator for the Reverend Charles Harris Diversionary Centre, Roslyn Lively manages 50 beds and the more than 20 staff who keep the sobering up facility running 24/7, 365 days a year.
“At the centre, we give our clients a good healthy meal, a clean bed, washing facilities and the assurance that anyone playing up will be removed by police,” says Roslyn. “We need this to be a safe, healthy place to come, where everybody is treated with respect and there’s no judgement.
“Our statistics tell us it’s working,” continues Roslyn. “We have clients that come regularly, and they’ve been regular since before I started in 2012. It’s working for them because they keep coming.
“Sometimes clients just want to come in and spend a couple days off the grog. There’s nothing we can do about them going again, but knowing they had a few days off the grog is still an achievement.”
Roslyn joined the centre eight years ago, initially applying for a bus driver position, but instead accepting a position as an on-call, casual Support Care Worker. After six months, Roslyn a took a Case Manager position for the Breaking The Cycle program, then progressed to Senior Case Manager, then in 2018 was appointed her current Coordinator position.