New initiative helps our most vulnerable

4 September 2019|Community News| Off Comments off on New initiative helps our most vulnerable|

A NEW initiative has supported some of the community’s most vulnerable people.

Spearheaded by Glenorchy City Council, ‘Action August’ saw the Salvation Army host the Salvos Breakfast and Blanket event on the council front lawns, supported by its volunteers alongside students and staff from Guilford Young College.

The event was attended by more than 50 community members who all appreciated the hot breakfast and admired the blankets that had been kindly donated by Freemasons Tasmania and Blanket Buddies in Bundaberg.

Glenorchy Mayor Kristie Johnston said Council hosted Action August to raise awareness of people experiencing homelessness and included a collection drive to support Loui’s Van and Foodbank Tasmania.

“Foodbank Tasmania, located in Derwent Park, is part of Australia’s largest food relief organisations, operating on a scale that makes it crucial to the work of the front-line charities who are feeding vulnerable Australians,” she said.

“Foodbank provides more than 70 per cent of the food rescued for food relief organisations nationwide.

“Alternatively, Loui’s Van is operated by St Vincent de Paul Society and is a local, after-hours mobile service providing food, information and support to those in need.

“It is a two van, six-night operation with more than 280 volunteers on the roster.

“Loui’s Van is an anonymous service and available for anyone, particularly people who are in need, isolated or at risk.”

Members of the community can access these services Sunday to Thursday in Barry Street (Glenorchy City Council rear car park) from 7.45pm until 8.15pm.

August was the month in which Homelessness Week activities occurred across Australia, raising awareness of people experiencing homelessness, the issues they faced, and the action needed to achieve enduring solutions.

Action August will now become an annual event hosted by Glenorchy City Council.

If you would like more information or to get involved, contact community development officer Lisa Rudd on 6216 6800 or email   Lisa.Rudd@gcc.tas.gov.au.

Caption: Guilford Young College students volunteering at Salvos Breakfast and Blankets during Homelessness Week 2019.

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