More mentors for our community as we celebrate another successful round of grant funding, to continue this delivery!! This time we are partnering also with Community Accessibility. Contact us for more info 💜
Do you know a trailblazer, a local champion, a change agent, an emerging leader, or someone who has led the way through our disaster response? #HonourHer with a nomination for the 2021 Victorian Honour Roll of Women.
This year, more than ever, we have seen the invaluable contribution that women make to our community – as leaders, carers, health and social services workers.
"We recruited 30 local sewers who made more than 130 sets of scrubs for our local hospital and health care workers in Wangaratta - this was supported by our local council who provided collection and drop off points for material and patterns throughout the municipality.
Our healthcare workers were so grateful, but equally important, our local sewers were grateful. Grateful to be connecting with others, grateful to have a sense of purpose and an activity to keep their minds and bodies busy during isolation.
Prior to the second lockdown, we started to make and sell masks for $10, a great initiative for our craft group with the hope of making enough money to purchase some new sewing machines. When compulsory mask wearing was introduced, our project went boom! The phones rang off the hook and the lines were long outside the front of the office as we were the only organisation already making them locally.
In just a month we made around 1,700 masks, raising more than $13,000, and donated masks to those in need. The number of sewers we had working around the clock to keep up with the demand, was incredible.
We were super proud to be mentioned in Federal Parliament for ‘rising to the challenge’ by our federal member for Indi, Dr. Helen Haines MP.
‘Pivot’ is the 2020 word of the year, but for neighbourhood houses, this is what we do – always. We pivot and adapt to our community needs daily. To be part of a sector that does this, without question and hesitation, is so unique. In a time when doors were shutting everywhere, we have been able to demonstrate a constant presence, with opportunities for isolated community members to connect.
We don’t say, “sorry, we can’t help you at the moment” - we say “how can we help?”