Community Northern Beaches Volunteer, Kym Fowler visited some of the local businesses that support us to present our new window stickers that show our appreciation for their support and help promote our much needed services within the community:
Today is Saskia Groen's last regular Wednesday shift as a volunteer at Community Northern Beaches. We interviewed her about her role. Thank you for your huge contribution and for the mountains of kindness that you have shown to the guests of the Centre.
What motivated you to get involved?
I have teenage sons. Six or so years ago I was driving along South Dowling Street in the city when I was approached at the traffic lights by a teenage boy asking for money. He was clearly sleeping rough and dealing with addition. I looked into this sweet, open, gentle boys eyes and saw my own kids. It was a pretty defining moment for me. I suddenly became so much more alert and conscious of the plight of homelessness, ever increasing numbers of Sydney’s rough sleepers, and the under resourcing of mental health services, rehab/detox, and social housing. I started as a volunteer for Missionbeat and soon became an employee. They are a city based homeless service so as a Seaforth resident I decided last year to support my own community as well and started as a volunteer with the amazing Community Northern Beaches.
On 4 June the annual Employment Expo " Be Employed and Upskilled" was held at TAFE Northern Beaches campus, organised by Northern Beaches TAFE and Community Northern Beaches’ Multicultural Service.
Geoff Thomas and his team didn't hesitate when approached by Kym from Community Northern Beaches recently for a contribution. They generously donated 10 x 1 hour dental treatments to assist our homeless and domestic violence clients who may be in urgent need of treatment on their teeth. We are incredibly grateful for this invaluable support so close to our hub, as many clients do not have the means to travel a distance for this kind of treatment, let alone the means to pay for it.
Maria Chidzey, Manager Multicultural Services has recently returned from India where she was extremely privileged to meet with His Holiness The Dalai Llama in a private audience. She also met with the Tibetan Government in Exile to discuss ways to improve the documentation process so that entry of Tibetans into Australia will be smoother. We are very proud of the work Maria, Dhondup and the team at Community Beaches do with the local community of people who arrived into Australia seeking asylum.
Karim + Nicol have kindly partnered with Community Northern Beaches, offering in-kind support to clients in need of expert advice. We are so thankful to Carrie and Nadia!
Community Northern Beaches will be the Community Charity featured on the Return and Earn machines in the following locations for the period 27th May to 25th August 2019. Check out the video above for how this works!
We dropped in to say hello to Condell Financial in Manly this week, a financial planning business who generously donated $1000 towards support for our clients over the Christmas period. We really appreciate people such as Sean and Andrew Condell, who see that help is needed locally where we live and work.
Thanks to local business owners Richard and Tony Smith for their amazing support of our clients.
In January, Community Northern Beaches played host for two weeks of filming for a new Australian movie drama to be titled “Unsound”.
Suzanne has a beautiful house, gorgeous children going to the right schools, paid for by the charming husband who everyone likes. Their marriage is the envy of all their friends. The publicly attentive and loving husband. However, behind closed doors it is a different story….
For the people we support, Christmas can be a time of extreme hardship. We see families without enough food, elderly suffering isolation and many without safe or secure shelter. Please help us provide vital support this Christmas.
Adele Heasman has been a member of the Management Committee of Community Northern Beaches since 2002 and was nominated as President at the recent Annual General Meeting. As well as being a wife, mother and President, Adele also works in the Office of James Griffin MP for Manly as Senior Electorate Officer. We asked Adele to share a little about herself.
Until we can collectively see beyond those labels and see the person and their unique value and worthiness of love and belonging, then we will continue to see people falling through the cracks into social isolation.
The 2018 Annual Northern Beaches DV Network and Zonta Northern Beaches Breakfast was held on White Ribbon Day, 23 November, at the The International Management College, Manly. It was wonderful to see over 150 attendees from the local community come together to help stand up and speak out against violence against women.