Friendly Faces Helping Hands Foundation
The Friendly Faces Helping Hands Foundation was established following emergency trips during 2002 and 2004 by members of the Foran family of Maules Creek to metropolitan hospitals. During this time, Kelly Foran’s fruitless search for a friendly face and helping hand prompted her to offer other rural Australians a way to minimise the overwhelming feelings of isolation that rural people suffering health problems and chronic illness feel, and allow them to navigate the available facilities in preparation for their treatment away from home and their speedy return home.
The Friendly Faces Helping Hands website has been designed to network rural communities and their people with the hospitals and health facilities in Australia’s major cities. The easy-to-use site provides information on accommodation, parking, cheap eats, childcare and other facilities that are located around each metropolitan hospital, as well as links to support networks, social workers and counsellors.
Friendly Faces Helping Hands flyer (pdf 153kb)