Volunteers can keep caring for their community

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A KEY Glenorchy community program can continue offering food relief to disadvantaged families from Hobart’s northern suburbs, after much-needed upgrades to its facilities.

Based at the Uniting Church Hall in Kensington Street, Glenorchy Community Care provides eligible households with a full trolley of essential supplies, with home delivery available to those who need it.

Glenorchy Community Care provides assistance to an average of 70 clients per week. Now, thanks to a building investment of $143,470 from the State Government, the not-for-profit organisation’s 60-year-old toilet block has been replaced and its pothole-riddled carpark re-surfaced.

Glenorchy Community Care president Graham Legg said completing the upgrades means the organisation can continue to support people from the Glenorchy municipality who are struggling to make ends meet.

“The amount of people requiring support has increased significantly since the program started in 2019,” he said.

“With the recent rises in rent, fuel and food people are really struggling.

“Our program often reaches people who fall through the gaps – for example, a grandparent caring for kids without compensation or people who are new to Australia and are yet to have all the supports set-up.”

Mr Legg said Glenorchy Community Care is able to operate sustainably thanks to the efforts of a contingent of volunteers and the volunteer coordinator, who donates most of his week.

“The volunteers are critical to the program,” he said.

“Many help to arrange goods here the day before and also support distribution every Thursday.

“Volunteers are from all walks a life – some are on working visas, some are members of the community and some are people that once sought support themselves.”

Current volunteer Masina Robinson said volunteering with Glenorchy Community Care gave her a sense of purpose.

“Not only do I get to support people from my community but I also get to meet new people,” she said.

Attorney-General Elise Archer officially opened the new facilities in June, joining Mr Legg for a toilet paper ‘ribbon’-cutting ceremony.

“At a time when so many in our community are feeling the impacts of rising costs of living, this service is incredibly important,” Ms Archer said.

For more information about Glenorchy Community Care, phone Phillip Booth on 0473 972 890 or go to icchurch.com.au/glenorchy-community-care

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