Vision, Mission and Values
We aim to achieve a supported, connected and informed community of Western Australian families with children with type 1 diabetes. We focus on helping children with type 1 to be positive, motivated, and to thrive. We actively raise awareness of diabetes and its impact in the broader Western Australian community.
We are the type 1 hub for the Western Australian community. We host clinical services and provide a vibrant and progressive psychosocial support service offering information, education, peer support and social activities for families with children with type 1. We empower families to establish effective, individualised diabetes management strategies. We raise community awareness of type 1 and advocate to minimise its impact on quality of life for our families.
We seek to make a real difference in the lives of families with children with type 1 in Western Australia. To do this, we are guided by the following values:
Integrity: We demonstrate the Family Centre’s values in all we do and say. Our people are sincere, and we operate transparently and consistently.
Action: We are dynamic and committed to being effective; we always take positive action to improve the lives of children with type 1 and their families.
Flexibility: We recognise that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to handling type 1, and advocate for individualised diabetes and emotional health management strategies.
Excellence: We have high standards, and always seek solid foundations of evidence to support our work.
Empathy: We deeply value our community and each other. We treat those we are here to serve with compassion and care, and respect and value our staff and volunteers.
Collaboration: We create inclusive and empowering connections with others to build the capacity to bring about change.
Why is our symbol Elly the Elephant?
Elephants are family animals. They travel together in herds throughout their lives and take care of one another. Families are central to our work, so we have chosen the elephant to represent the Family Centre. Elly the Elephant has a blue balloon because blue is the international colour for diabetes (and because she likes to party).