BANKS House will have a much improved courtyard for patients to use following renovations funded by the state government.
Beautiful Minds, the volunteer group which advocate for mental health in the area, will use the $50,000 funding to transform the courtyard with its Bankstown president Kathryn Bain saying she is “over the moon” with the grant.
East Hills state Liberal MP Glenn Brookes and Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier Scott Farlow, handed over the $50,000 funding last Thursday.
“Banks House is a vital service for people with an acute mental illness in our community and this funding is going to help them on their road to recovery,” Mr Brookes said.
Renovations include an upgrade to outside decking and seating, new flooring, artificial turf, new garden beds and an exercise equipment area.
“For 25 years Beautiful Minds has been assisting people with mental illness in our community by providing information, housing, rehabilitation and support services,” Mr Farlow said.
Ms Bain said there is still a long way to go with work for Banks House but that the new funding is a huge step forward.
“I am over the moon happy with the announcement of government funding and to top it off we also received the letter from Club NSW grants awarding $20,000 towards the renovation of the courtyard,” Ms Bain said.
“We cannot thank the minister, the ministry, the community and Beautiful Minds volunteers and supporters enough for the support for which has allowed this wonderful achievement to happen. I personally am impressed by the generosity of our Bankstown community.”