South Coast rental crisis, price hikes push youth into homelessness

Please find attached an article from the Bega District News (21-04-2021) outlining the issues we face in the Bega Valley for the struggles faced by our youth trying to find suitable and affordable accommodation

https://www.begadistrictnews.com.au/story/7218829/south-coast-rental-crisis-price-hikes-push-youth-into-homelessness/?fbclid=IwAR1IFwKd_635jdzDcK_hJq9DWc7nzECr6QEmk-2bsc_rz2LXHaXz6dP1J74

Eurobodalla community helps to fund a solar system

As part of SHASA’s Solar for Community Facilities Program, with funds from the SHASA/MESA solar bulk buy, a raffle and musical performance from Out of Abingdon, SEWACS now has a solar PV system.

Recently MESA with $8,445 in funds from SHASA, installed a 6.3kw solar system with a 3 phase inverter, an inverter enclosure and preventative maintenance services for up to five years, said Kathryn Maxwell, President, SHASA.

SEWACS had an unsustainable electricity bill of $11,000 per annum.  This was impacting adversely on the ability to provide the support women and children need when escaping domestic violence. The solar system will generate about 6,400 kWh of electricity per annum, with annual savings of about $2,308.

This service provides emergency accommodation to women with or without children who are homeless or at risk of homelessness due to domestic violence. Women may stay at the refuge for up to three months which means that the solar PVC can become an educational opportunity for conversations on the reduction of our carbon footprint for the residents and their children during their stay.

SHASA has helped 11 community facilities to get solar systems installed and is keen to help others. Give us a call on 0467 558645 or email contact.shasa@gmail.com if you would like us to help you get solar and/or batteries.

Free Pamper Days for Women & Children

From a very generous member of our local community:

Web Pamper days for women and children

We would like to introduce you to a new project starting on Monday 17th of May, running one day a month with the hope to run twice a month. The aim of the project is to help homeless and financially strained women and men in our area.

I am a qualified hairdresser and beautician who owns a business in Tuross head and want to give back to the community. I have teamed up with the beautiful women at SEWACS to make this happen. I am offering free haircuts by referral from you the providers. To make appointments or more information please call, txt or email.

Creative Workshops

Viva Pilates donation

This year Geri Taylor from Viva Pilates sold artwork to raise money for the Eurobodalla team. Geri made handmade cards and donated 100% of the proceeds to the clients, staff and support workers to have a special Christmas treat. Many thanks to Geri and to everyone who bought one of her beautiful cards.

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Big beards and bearing gifts for SEWACS

But when the Bearded Villains arrived at South East Women and Children’s Services in Bega on Saturday, manager Caroline Long said it was a lovely, life-affirming visit.

To read the full article from the Bega District News, published on 07 December 2020, click on the following link:

https://www.begadistrictnews.com.au/story/7043818/big-beards-and-bearing-gifts-for-sewacs/

Raising funds for the nest swing

This year SEWACS installed a durable therapeutic nest swing for adults and children to use at the Eurobodalla service, using funds previously donated by groups such as the Moruya CWA, and the Torquay Community House, as well as individuals from the Eurobodalla community.

Local business owner, Geri Taylor, is selling her handwoven artworks and donating the funds to SEWACS Eurobodalla.

Moruya Colour Run chalks up awareness of domestic violence

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On Saturday (November 23) Moruya’s Riverside Park was filled with young people who had a message – domestic violence is not tolerated here. Full article below:

How to Adult

‘Navigate the maze’: Life hack course in adulting launched

HOW TO ADULT: South East Women and Children’s Services’ Kylie Furnell with Wellways Karen Wright and Sapphire Community Pantry’s Christine Welsh and Peter Buggy in Bega on Wednesday. Picture: Alasdair McDonald

Bega District News article:

https://www.begadistrictnews.com.au/story/6101086/navigate-the-maze-life-hack-course-in-adulting-launched/?cs=509&fbclid=IwAR2AuVbnMAg4e_hfJX-3Ff5jMColktMxg32rxafkrgYbDta0BztnQ1RswO4

Youth homelessness in Bega Valley: 19yo spends three weeks living in car

Raising awareness of youth homelessness in Bega on Wednesday are SEWACS’ Skye Woolhouse and Kylie Furnell as well as Bega’s Rani Quin (middle). See article from Bega District News from 17 April 2019.

https://www.begadistrictnews.com.au/story/6070159/youth-homelessness-in-bega-valley-19yo-spends-three-weeks-living-in-car/