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Op Shops and Crisis Supporters combine in community outreach

Our CEO Veronica Macdonald, Outreach team, Crisis Supporters and Lifeline Shops staff attended a variety of events in the past month, offering support and information to the community.

We participated in a fun-filled Family Day at Howard Park Gregory Hills on 28 February with the Benevolent Society and local support services for families and young children. We were present with attendees’ loved ones for a day of laughter, games and bonding.

A month later, on 25 March, we again joined the Benevolent Society for an Easter event at Howard Park. The event aimed to promote organisations in the local area and how they could support families. There was an Easter egg hunt, games and prizes, and information on services within the community.

As part of the “Trade up a better future” program, the Greater Cumberland Chamber of Commerce, Brown Boss Babes and Cumberland City Council hosted a panel discussion at Wenty Leagues Club to learn about the benefits of trade and non-traditional roles.

We joined chamber members and guests to listen to women from various fields and backgrounds share their journeys, their challenges and success stories.

We had a blast at the Camden show, combining our Op Shop items with Crisis Supporters from our Outreach team for the first time. Lisa and Jess had some great chats, sold some interesting items, and had some great learns for future shows.

We had a visit from Sally Quinnell MP, who collected some of our stress ball phones to give away to visitors to her stall.

They were a fantastic few days and we give our thanks to our volunteers and Crisis Supporters who made our involvement so spectacular!

Our Outreach team also attended the Fairfield Seniors Expo at Fairfield Showground on 19 March.

There were presentations, sample wellbeing classes, information stalls, entertainment and activities.

We engaged with our local seniors, had some great give aways and conversations. The entertainment was fantastic, and the free sausage sizzle was enjoyed by all.

We also were able to make some connections with other local businesses and charities, including some professional development opportunities for our Crisis Supporters, and we look forward to working with them in future.

In early March Veronica and Lisa attended the Goulburn Show, a fun-filled family weekend of exhibits, attractions and entertainment, and a perfect opportunity to connect with an important community in our region.

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