From President Ian Coat:
This week, Tracy Johnstone provided us a fantastic overview of the Campbelltown Social Economy. As the Manager of Community Services at Campbelltown Council, Tracy is charged with both building good connections between the Council and the community, but also importantly about building connections within the community to make it more robust and vibrant. Some important points include the fact that nearly all social support services have been withdrawn from the area. Those in need are expected to seek those services either in Adelaide city or at Modbury. So residents with mobility issues, including the aged, are at an immediate disadvantage. Social isolation is an important issue in the area.
It’s in the Bag
We have just been told about a special charity collection being made by a group called “Share The Dignity” (https://www.sharethedignity.com.au). They are putting together Christmas gift handbags for girls and women experiencing poverty or homelessness. They seek new or used handbags with a selection of ladies personal hygiene products which will be given out soon before Christmas. Bunnings are acting as the collection points for the handbags (https://www.bunnings.com.au/its-in-the-bag). I understand that items donated to Windsor Gardens Bunnings will be targeted to our own charity, the Eastern Adelaide Domestic Violence Service. So if you have a handbag you think is a worthy Christmas gift, please consider making it a donation. Please note that this collection will finish of Sat 2nd December.
Digital Drop In Centre
Did you know Campbelltown Library has a Digital Drop-in centre (http://www.campbelltown.sa.gov.au/page.aspx?u=4574). This is a brilliant idea to help those technology challenged amongst us deal with their digital devices. Every Mon, Wed and Fri afternoon, a free help session is provided by primarily young volunteers in the community.
Special Thanks to Christine & Wayne Abbott
Special thanks also go to Christine and Wayne for hosting a great BBQ at their place near Victor Harbor. They put on some wonderful weather. But the highlight to all, was seeing Wayne cooking on the BBQ.
Log onto our private Facebook page and engage in a conversation about the frequency of our meetings, or the idea of directing half of our market proceeds to the new Campbelltown Chapter of Operation Flinders (https://operationflinders.org.au). We will be discussing these items at our upcoming AGM to be held at our last meeting for the year on Tue 19th December.
Tues 5th December, where we will hear from our RYLA attendees.