Dig deep and donate – Batemans Bay, Moruya and Narooma Library

Wow, our local community libraries are truly amazing:

 

Dig deep and donate

For the month of July the libraries will act as drop off points in support of South East Women’s and Children’s Services (SEWACS).

We’re asking for gift card’s to stores like Woolworths, Coles, Aldi, Kmart and Bunnings to help support homeless men, women and children in Eurobodalla. Any dollar amount gift card is appreciated! Gift cards mean no bulky donations to be stored and people having some choice on what items they get.

We’re proud to support SEWACS who is working towards eliminating homelessness and domestic violence as well as creating a community where all people can live in a safe, secure environment and be treated with respect.

Batemans Bay, Moruya and Narooma Library
Thursday 1 to Saturday 31 July

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.

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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Moruya Colour Run chalks up awareness of domestic violence

about regional 26 November 2019

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:

Second Bite

Second Bite delivers supplies to SEWACS to support women and children affected by domestic violence and homelessness in the Eurobodalla region.

Second Bite sources fresh, nutritious food from supermarkets that is surplus to requirements and works with local community organisations to redistribute to those individuals and families who may be struggling to afford food.  Food is collected from Coles Batemans Bay by volunteers and delivered to organisations in the region.  SEWACS is a grateful recipient of the much needed items that enable families to be supported.

Raising awareness of the impact of violence on the community

SAGE Veggies

SAGE Veggies For All program installs vegetable garden beds at Moruya women’s refuge for families and children to enjoy. SEWACS are delighted with this addition to the facilities offered at the refuge.

The SAGE Veggies For All 2018 program has been provided with funding through a grant to establish vegetable gardens in the community.  The beds at Moruya women’s refuge are the 83rd and 84th beds to be established, with volunteers assisting to barrow 3 cubic metres of soil provided by D & A Excavators of Bodalla.  Tomato and cabbage seedlings were provided by Andrew Baker, one of the volunteers.

Volunteers pictured from left: Terry McGee, Anne Thompson, Wendy Jones and Kathryn Maxwell (SAGE Project)

White Ribbon Day

SEWACS (South East Women and Children’s Services) would also like to thank the community for their generous support of the White Ribbon Day stall held at Moruya Markets late last year.

SEWACS would also like to thank artist Loretta Parsley for making available a beautiful piece of art which was raffled on the day. At the stall face painting was offered and information on support services was made available. Eurobodalla Domestic Violence volunteers collected $600 to support the work being done to support families affected by domestic violence.

Members of Deep River Choir contributed their time and some noise to help raise awareness,
accompanied by volunteers.

Donations from Bunnings and K Mart made it possible for the stall to be held as well as goodies to be hand out.