Camden Haven Community at 3 needs donations

Community donations: Steffan Andler and Theo Hazelgrove want residents to get on board with dropping off non perishable food items to the Kew Corner Store.
Community donations: Steffan Andler and Theo Hazelgrove want residents to get on board with dropping off non perishable food items to the Kew Corner Store.

Camden Haven Community at 3 chairperson Theo Hazelgrove says an increasing number of people are finding themselves in financial difficulties due to tough economic times.

"There are high rents and high cost of living," he said.

The group is working on establishing emergency accommodation in the area.

Theo said they will apply for a government grant to help fund a building to host people in need.

The Camden Haven Community at 3 can help people by providing a hand up, rather than a hand out.

Theo said the group can link people to a range of services to help with any issues they might be impacted by.

The group is appealing to the community to make donations of food tins (with flip tops) and other non perishable items to Kew Corner Store and Peggy Landon - Osteopath.

As the weather turns cooler, the group is also accepting donations of blankets, pillows, gloves and socks.

The group continues to host a weekly barbecue from 3pm at the back of Laurieton United Services Club every Wednesday.

Theo said the operation of the service wouldn't be possible without its 24 volunteers who help out each week.

"One lady, Nita, is aged in her 90s and she brings homemade slices to the barbecue each week," he said.

Theo is very concerned about the prevalence of suicide in the Camden Haven but said there is always hope for people.

"You can look back but not go back, because forward is the only way we're going," he said.

Theo is appealing to groups in the community to consider the Camden Haven Community at 3 when organising fundraising events.

For more information or to make a donation to the group please visit communityat3.org.au

If you are a member of the community who is in financial difficulty or lonely please call the Camden Haven Community at 3 on 0419 370 076.

For 24 hour support people can call Lifeline Australia on 13 11 14.

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