I recently had the pleasure of attending the grand opening of the new Empowering People in Communities head office or EPiCentre based right here in Karratha.
Empowering People in Communities or EPIC as it is better known is a remarkable organisation which has provided a range of disability support services and other programs for people in the Pilbara since 2012.
Founding member and CEO of the organisation Stephanie Soter has firsthand experience having raised a daughter with a disability, which started her on this exceptional journey of helping others.
Every person deserves to be a part of a community, but some people experience barriers that make it harder to be included. EPIC helps to break down those barriers by providing practical assistance and encouragement through career enrichment and capacity building programs. These programs are facilitated in partnership with the North Regional TAFE through the delivery of the Jobs Skills Centre.
EPIC supports families and carers of people with disability, teaches parenting with a range of parenting services and workshops, supports local parents and helps people to live a more connected life.
The organisation runs activities designed to engage everyone of all abilities, all ages and all cultures, providing support to people with disabilities and their carers and engaging the wider community in events and activities.
It is a massive benefit for the region to have this beautiful facility here in the centre of Karratha and I would like to thank Steph and her team for all the hard work and dedication it has taken.