Homelessness

Community Spotlight: Saskia Groen, Volunteer at Community Northern Beaches Crisis Drop-in

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.

Community Spotlight on John Kelly

As manager of the Northern Beaches’ largest community hub, John’s role is a diverse one including responsibility for the strategic and everyday management of the centre. Starting the day before the centre’s doors open allows time to focus on admin so that when the doors are open, his focus is on people. In John’s words “people come before paper”. He chose to join the not-for-profit sector as he finds working in smaller, under resourced environments forces him to think outside the box, act with agility and a strength of purpose.

Daniel Peterson- Westfield Local Heroes Program

We are thrilled to announce that Daniel Peterson, our wonderful Homeless Outreach Worker, is 1 of 6 finalists in the Westfield Local Heroes program for his work in promoting social well-being and harmony in our community.

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The grant will be put towards supporting the immediate and practical needs of people sleeping rough in the Northern Beaches.

It's all down to a public vote now, and voting closes very shortly! 3 out of the 6 organisations will be awarded $10,000 each. So, the more votes that Daniel receives, the more chance we have of being awarded much needed funding.

Please follow the link below to place your vote. It's really quick and easy:

Select: NSW > Westfield Warringah Mall > Daniel Peterson

https://www.westfield.com.au/…/3JgnzOhu…/local-heroes-voting 

Go Daniel!