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Creating Cooinda NAIDOC 2019

WOLLONGONG HOMELESS HUB invites you to help us celebrate ‘NAIDOC WEEK’ with a day of activities featuring; dot painting, basket weaving, jewellery making, Indigenous spice sampling, bush tucker barbeque, and Indigenous games.  Held on MONDAY 8 JULY 2019 starting at 10.30am—1.30pm, at McCABE PARK  (Church St Wollongong)

Art piece meaning from Artist Isabella Horne (15yrs):

My artwork depicts the brolga and the turtle looking over 2 small circles that come together to make a larger circle in the centre of the piece.  Through the these Voice, Truth, Treaty Lets work together for a shared future, the smaller circles, done in yellow and orange represent the Indigenous Australians and the English people.  From the 2 circles are journey lines accompanied by kangaroo tracks, this represents us moving forward to a shared future and the journey ahead towards that future.

These lines and tracks come to a larger circle in the centre that includes both yellow and orange showing a joined future together in peace, where everyone is equal.  In this painting the brolga represents voice through story telling and dance.  Stories told by both cultures help us to communicate and unify each other as one.  The turtle shows longevity of Makarrata, as 2 communities coming together after a struggle, to heal the divisions of the past, representing treaty.  The turtle and kangaroo tracks also communicates the idea of truth through wisdom and moving forward on one path, with honesty and trust.

The colours in this artwork are orange, red, yellow and purple.  The orange is used to symbolise balance and security among all people.  Red and orange shows the strength we all have to fight for our future.  The red shows the courage and motivation being upheld to make that future.  Yellow represents the success achieved by people to get to where our community is at today and the happiness shared all round.  In this piece purple represents the pride that we hold for our culture and the inspirational people that got us to where we are today, it signifies healing among both communities to make our future a shared one.

         

Donate Now, Help Today

We are currently running a non-perishable food drive during the month of June called – ‘Donate Now, Help Today’. If you are able to help by donating a can we have the following drop of points with more to come. These locations are: All Commonwealth Bank Branches from Kiama to Thirroul, Ryan Park’s Office 247 Princes Hwy Corrimal, Bendigo Bank Fairy Meadow 37-39 Princes Hwy, Fairy Meadow, Bendigo Bank Oakflats 78 Central Avenue Oakflats and Avondale Early Childcare Education Centre 16 Dale Street Avondale.

Wrap up Homelessness Week

Hi everyone here are some pics from services who joined in our Wrap up Homelessness fundraiser. Thank you to everyone who are participating and wrapping up!

Good Will Only

It’s been a great community atmosphere with everyone coming together to support Wollongong Homeless Hub and IRT through the ‘Good Will Only’ initiative. Thank you to the organiser’s, staff and community for helping our services continue with the great work that we do.

Flu Vaccines

Thank you to NSW Health for coming to our service last week to administer flu vaccines for our clients.

Thank you – Bingo 4 Beds

A huge thank you to everyone that came out on Saturday night to support our Bingo 4 Beds fundraising event. It was such a fun night with many laughs and games, my favourite being the paper aeroplane making contest. Thank you Tim our MC on the night for your brilliant calling of numbers and for keeping us all entertained. To staff thank you for their support and help through out the night and leading up to the event. Also to those who donated to our raffles – thank you.

Wrap up Homelessness

We invite you to host a fundraising day during Wrap up Homelessness Week June 3 – 7, register your school, community group, work-place or group of friends/ family at info@wefh.org.au

School Update

A big thank you to Lindsay Park Primary School for collecting and donating Chocolate Eggs to our service. Last week we had a school visit from Mount Annan Christian College. We were able to answer many questions the students had surrounding the impacts of homelessness, mental health and what services are available to support members in our community. The students showed a lot of compassion and concern surrounding homelessness and the impacts this has on a persons life.

 

Bingo 4 Beds

Good-morning, due to people not being able to contact us whilst Telstra was resolving our connection issue, we have had to postpone our Bingo 4 Beds event set for 6 April. We have rescheduled for 18 May – to purchase tickets click on the link https://www.trybooking.com/BBXSM Apologies for any inconvenience and thank you for your support. 😀

Thank you OzHarvest

Thank you OzHarvest for your regular deliveries of fresh food to our service. It has made a huge difference in our clients lives in giving them fresh nutritious food weekly, which is often scarce when you are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

https://www.ozharvest.org/what-we-do/

OzHarvest is Australia’s leading food rescue organisation, collecting quality excess food from commercial outlets.
The demand for food relief continues to rise, with over four million people in Australia struggling with food insecurity. Stopping good food going to waste and getting it to people in need helps in many ways:

Nutritious food for charities by providing high quality food to agencies which may not have been previously available.
Savings for charities as vital funds saved from grocery bills can be redirected to education, rehabilitation and other programs.
Protecting the planet by ensuring good food gets eaten rather than going to landfill helps reduce the negative impact of food waste on the environment.
Savings for food donors through reducing costs for excess food disposal and storage costs, and increasing the positive impact on the local community.

Phone Issues

Good-morning Hub Family, just letting you know that we are still having issues with Telstra connecting our phone lines correctly at the new premises. If you need to contact our service please email through to info@wefh.org.au outlining your inquiry and this will be passed onto the appropriate team. Our number has remained the same 4228 0955, new address 75 – 79 Keira Street Wollongong. Thank you in advance for you patience and understanding.

Great Outcomes!

We are seeing some great outcomes, one to mention is a Grandmother, Mother and young Daughter who recently secured a private rental.

To give a very brief outline this beautiful family came to Wollongong out of area and unfortunately was unable to secure a rental straight away and found themselves in crisis accommodation.
With the assistance NSW Family and Community Services Housing NSW, Wollongong Homeless Hub and the client hard work they were able to secure a private rental. This would not of been possible without the holistic approach of staff and wrap around support we are being able to deliver in our new space at 75 – 79 Keira Street Wollongong.

Albion Park High School Visit

This morning we had our first High School visit to our new premises at 75 – 79 Keira Street, Wollongong. It was a great opportunity to chat with the students of Albion Park High School and raise awareness of homelessness and the impacts it has on individuals and families in our community.