Serving up a good dose of community spirit

Pam Kingsford-Smith and Ann Gadsby from the Older Women’s Network serving up a storm at The Hills Community Breakfast Club last year.

You may have remembered, we published a story this time last year regarding The Hills Community Breakfast Club – a free community breakfast at TaxArana in Arana Hills to help the most vulnerable within our community.

The Hills Community Breakfast Club was a collaboration between Arana Hills local Steve Brett, the Picabeen Community Centre and the Older Women’s Network (OWNQ), however this year the breakfast has transitioned to a lunch at the new location of the Picabeen Community Centre.

The free lunch is designed to help support our most vulnerable community members, through not only providing a warm meal, but offering access to support and information. It is also an opportunity for socially struggling people within our community to engage and connect with others.

Steve Brett, was inspired to start the club after hearing of the good work that is happening in the Redcliffe area where a community breakfast has been supporting up to 50 people each morning. 

‘I was inspired by the people who run the Redcliffe Breakfast Club and I began to wonder if there was a need for a similar need for assistance for homeless and disadvantaged people in the local area,’ said Steve.

While it is difficult to accurately pinpoint the number of people who are currently homeless in our region, Picabeen Community Centre has revealed that there has been a significant increase in the number of people who are presenting at their centre who have become homeless in recent months.

Homelessness is not a choice and can be the result of many social and economic factors, such as domestic violence, addictions, physical or mental health and loss of employment.

The community lunch takes place at Picabeen Community Centre, 22 Hoben Street, Mitchelton every Tuesday from noon. If you have a business that would like to help out as a produce sponsor or if you would like to volunteer, please contact 3354 2555 or email info@picabeen.org.au

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