Women who are distressed by an unplanned pregnancy need practical assistance and emotional support. They find both at the Bunbury Diocese’s Pregnancy Assistance service. This agency offers an initial crisis contact counselling service for women who are troubled by an unplanned pregnancy, and a variety of support and referral services to those women and their families. The agency offers support, and practical and material assistance, during and after pregnancy.
The Pregnancy Assistance Agency in Bunbury celebrated its 11th anniversary on the 1st July this year. Mary Kavanagh, Coordinator of PA since 1999 reflected: “I don’t think any of the founding board members ever thought that the need for a caring, supportive agency would still be necessary 11 years after inception, yet as recently as last Friday a mother of five children under the age four years exclaimed how wonderful it was to find just such a place.”
Throughout the years the team has had the pleasure of getting to know, help, support, and care for over 10,000 people who have made contact with P.A. Visitors range in age from 12 years to a couple in their 80s. Girls, boys, mums, dads, sisters, brothers, grandparents, husbands, partners, and friends have all found solace within the walls of the cottage. A pregnancy doesn’t just make an impact on an individual – a broader circle is touched.
Sometimes the need is tangible and baby clothes, a pram or a cot is all that is required, sometimes a non-judgemental listener will fit the bill. Just to know that some-one really cares can give a feeling of peace, tranquillity and the strength to carry on.
The agency is open on Monday from 9.00am to 5.00pm and Friday from 9.00am to 5.00pm. Appointments can also be arranged outside these hours. There is no charge for any of the services provided.
Please call if you feel we can be of assistance to you.
The main services offered by Pregnancy Assistance are:
On occasions the agency has also assisted partners, siblings, other family members and close friends who have been distressed as a result of a significant person’s pregnancy.
151 Spencer Street
Bunbury WA 6230
Contact: (08) 9792 4759