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New resource supports local organisations


If you’re looking to lend a hand across the Hunter, there’s a new app that’s suited to you.

It’s called ‘Lean In Newy’ and it connects organisations that need support with people wanting to help, while providing added encouragement through $50,000 in vouchers and discounts redeemable at local businesses. 

Twenty-three businesses and 11 not-for-profits, like Family Support Newcastle, OzHarvest, Dog Rescue Newcastle and Take 3 For The Sea have registered, putting out a call for volunteers.

Newcastle Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes says City of Newcastle is funding the discounts and incentives during the COVID-19 recovery phase.

“For people who want to volunteer and support others it’s a great resource because you can say ‘I have this skill set, I’d match well with say Newcastle Family Support Services or Landcare,’” she says.

“This also helps you do training online so you can get the qualifications you need to complete before you need to go and volunteer with any organisation.”

Family Support Newcastle has signed on, asking for donations to help the community.

“We’re looking for supplies for children, like activity packs that will keep them amused and entertained and sanitisation packs for families, filled with things that have been hard to afford so hand sanitisers, wipes and all things they might need as a boost,” Chief Executive Sue Hellier says.

“I think it’s a fantastic idea and I like the concept, the fact that people can give and get recognition for that giving and knowing they are contributing and making a difference to families, I think, makes a difference to people.”

Kate McNally, who operates Zebra Finch at Marketown and Kotara, has jumped on board, with the hope her businesses’ incentive will encourage people back into her stores.

“We’ve set up once you spend over $60 you get $15 back off any purchase just to drive people into our business to help us keep going,” she says.

“We’ve been struggling quite a bit with getting people through the door, letting people know we are open and trying to get the word out that we are online as well.

“I think it’s going to help drive people back into the centre by giving people incentives to support small businesses and drive traffic into those businesses to prop them up and give them a better forecast for the future.”

Download Lean In Newy from the App Store or Google Play or click here.

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