Baptist Care SA’s Inner City Community in action
There’s a real buzz these days at our Inner City site. The number of services and programs with a ‘shopfront’ here is growing and with the opening of the Community Food Hub in December, there’s a constant flow of people. It is our privilege to work alongside people from many walks of life and support them to re-engage with their community and take steps to fulfil their goals.
Here’s a snapshot of some of the programs that have run in the past couple of months:
Apply for a Bike Scheme
This is a great initiative offering the opportunity to learn new skills and end up with personal transport. Bicycles have been donated to our WestCare Centre and with the support of one of our clients with specific bike maintenance knowledge, other clients can commit to work on a bike until it is road-worthy and then they can keep it!
Art on the Wing
Every Wednesday morning, under the awning at WestCare, there’s a group of artists gathered around their canvases, chatting and sharing stories. “When we’re sitting together painting and exchanging ideas, we’re all just artists – nothing else matters” says Andrew McDonough from the Fly Bird Fly studio who has partnered with Baptist Care SA to provide this program. An exciting outcome of this program has been the opportunity for some of the artists to sell their work commercially and establish an income.
WestCare Wellness with Pushing Performance
Thanks to our community partner, Pushing Performance and with a grant from Westpac, we’re establishing a gym space in the WestCare Centre. Several teams of volunteers are assisting, including Habitat for Humanity. Sessions run twice a week and are enthusiastically attended by community members.
In partnership with ‘Safe pets, Safe Families’ (Paws and Pals), we now offer regular ‘popup vet clinics’ which provide essential care and advice for the pets who provide vital care and support for our community.
In February, our first participants in the Urban Learning Community initiative took up residence in Selby Street. These young adults are pioneers in what is a brand new program focussed on creating and sustaining a diverse community young, Christian adults who are committed to living and learning in a missional context. Fostering a ‘strength-based culture’, this is an opportunity to explore genuine community engagement from a local church context. Watch this space for future updates!
And going forward, bi-monthly visits from Max Employment Services will give our community members the opportunity to explore employment pathways.
If you’re interested in learning more about any of these programs or about the issues faced by people experiencing homelessness, please contact Community Development Manager, Craig McGlone on 8118 5200 or email email@example.com