Pam has been living in the same house and community in Elizabeth Grove for the last 25 years. 

Three years ago, her life was turned around when AnglicareSA as part of the State Government’s Better Places Stronger Communities (BPSC) initiative, began the management of 479 homes in her area.

“I wasn’t doing much because I live with mental illness and told myself not to. A lot of the time I wouldn’t go out, so I was stuck inside all day.”

Pam

A newly renovated house and rejuvenated community means she is able to meet new people and get involved in all the things she loves doing.

“I love arts and crafts, cooking, and really enjoy meeting new people and making friends,” she said.

“Nowadays I’m involved with AnglicareSA’s local craft, cooking and women’s groups.

“I’ve met a lot of friends I never would’ve had the chance to meet – we just have a good time and make each other laugh.”

It’s obvious much of Pam’s energy is spent in the kitchen. Her array of pots, pans, utensils, recipe books, and jars of herbs and spices rival those of her idol, Jamie Oliver.

 “Jamie has to be my favourite chef,” Pam said.

“I just love his authenticity and home-style way to his cooking – it’s very much how I go about things.”

Pam said her increasing involvement within her local community has ultimately helped her pursue a happy life.

As a mother of four and now a grandmother, Pam is now able to provide support to others as the very best version of herself.

Pam is often seen sharing her cooking with AnglicareSA staff at our Elizabeth Grove office.

“What AnglicareSA have done for me – making me feel a stronger sense of self-worth and belonging – makes me enjoy giving back too.”

“If I can help someone else by being positive and lifting someone up through hard times, I will.”

AnglicareSA’s Better Places Stronger Communities program focuses on working in partnership with our tenants, to provide quality housing within communities that are attractive, vibrant and safe.

Active community members like Pam, play a big part in shaping the best possible environment for all our tenants.