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Saturday, December 5, 2020

Renovation builds women another safe place

Women experiencing homelessness across Newcastle have another safe place to turn to if they need help.

BaptistCare HopeStreet’s Mayfield location has recently experienced a $91,000 renovation which will provide a welcoming and comfortable space for women doing it tough.

The organisation offers women the opportunity to receive further support and connection with other services in an effort to help rebuild their lives.

The renovation was made possible through a $63,250 grant from the My Community Project program and almost $28,000 from the Community Building Partnership program.

The grants have converted an unused room upstairs into a purpose-built space with a kitchen, bathroom, and laundry.

Manager of the BaptistCare HopeStreet Mayfield site, Mary Bowyer said she was delighted with the space and that it would help a lot of women.

“Recent statistics, and indeed our experiences here at the centre, show us that more women, particularly women over 55, are experiencing homelessness as a result of a range of complex issues and these facilities will allow us to provide greater support for this vulnerable section of the community,” she said.

“Women can bring their washing, clean their clothes, use the dryer and have a safe, hot shower.

“They can [also] cook a meal or simply enjoy a cup of coffee.”

Newcastle State MP Tim Crakanthorp joined representatives from BaptistCare to open the facility this week and recognised the extraordinary work Mary and her team do supporting the community.

“I am proud we have been able to partner with BaptistCare HopeStreet to deliver this much needed service for women in Newcastle,” he said.

For more information about the services work visit its website.

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