Geraldine Webster

Community Worker

2008 WA Local Hero

Geraldine Webster was the inspiration in setting up the In Town Centre in Bunbury seventeen years ago. Many said it couldn’t be done. Even experts in the field counselled her against providing a service to the homeless that involved a mix of young people, men, women, and children, especially under one roof. After several temporary accommodation bases, the Centre now operates from its own purpose built premises. Geraldine’s dedication and commitment to the homeless has changed the lives of many, some of whom have gone on to be role models for others. Some have returned to complete their education, and even gone on to university. Geraldine has volunteered her time at the Centre four days a week for the past seventeen years and was also involved in setting up a young mothers’ group. Because of her foresight, the Bunbury community ensures that everyone has at least two meals a day.