Good News Stories from our Conferences

Do you have any good news stories to share?  Please email them to mavs.admin@vinnies.org.au.

Peninsula Caring Group

is a community Facebook group founded in response to the escalating COVID-19 needs of the community and is supported by the Rozelle Neighbourhood Centre. It coordinates volunteers and such donations in the area by posting on their page- a huge amount of donations were supplied to the Rozelle Centre for distribution. The relationship continues.

My Best Life

new relationship with potential for an ongoing relationship -Food support (St George Region)

Share the Dignity

new relationship, ongoing- female hygiene products and toiletries for men and women (St George Region)

Mummies Paying It Forward

is based in Rozelle- they baby products and supplies for an expectant mother in Redfern, who lost her job due to COVID19 and with no family support. As a volunteer-run service it support expectant mums. Mummies Paying It Forward is a free service that takes referrals from community agencies such as our Redfern Community Centre.

Harris Farm Markets, Drummoyne

responded to a request for fresh produce during the early stages of COVID and has continued its support

Our Big Kitchen at Bondi

donated many items from their clothing pool to the “Vinnies Warm and Woolly Wellness packs” initiative of Northern Suburbs and Rozelle Regional Councils. OBK has had dealings with Vinnies Specialised Homeless Services and also the Youth team several years ago. Ongoing, also with Sydney and SE Sydney Regional Councils.

Other community Facebook pages

a mechanism for seeking donations but also sharing stories, updating information, advocacy, networking by supporting each other’s projects and works, and referrals

Community members’ offers

Responding to community members’ offers is important -often people will call Vinnies because of our reputation across all communities. One such person was to move interstate and at the time of COVID, we were unable to accept or collect large donations of furniture. She then asked a Vinnies Centre for ideas on how she could give her furniture to a person in need and advised she would even deliver the furniture herself. She was put in contact with Bridge Housing who had contacted the Sutherland Centre asking for support of a client who home had been destroyed by fire so the furniture and kitchen goods found a new home.

School communities

not only responded to the Winter AppeaL, but initially and since COVID, a number were keen to know how to engage their students and families in supporting people via Conferences’ and Centres’ increased needs.

Inner West Municipal Council

In early March, Darcy Byrne, Mayor of the Inner West Council, invited Rozelle Region’s Client Support Officer and several other NGOs to participate in regular teleconference meetings, providing Council with understandings of what was required by those in need during COVID -it also enabled the group to support each other throughout this time.  Council approved a “COVID impact funding contribution” of $25,000 to Rozelle Region.

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