Corrective Services Pilot Programme

corrective services

The Pilot Programme at our Wednesday Lunch services has been running for seven weeks now. It has been a great success .

A lot of work goes on behind the scenes for meal service, including a lot of heavy work. Loading, unloading, pick ups, sorting, restocking the van etc etc etc. the actual meal service itself is only a small part of the day and service.

What a huge and wonderful success it has proven to be, so much is able to be done and achieved with all the extra helping hands. The guys are amazing, so enthusiastic to help in anyway they can, helping to clean, sort and restock shelves before heading to service.

With so many hands available at service, lots more items are able to be given out and distributed.

Our newest team members serve food, whilst others help people with items, from jacket fittings to boot fittings and everything in between. Others clean the van whilst it is empty, and EVERYONE engages in conversation, lending a listening ear, everyone enjoying the time together. A great rapport between them and the patrons has evolved.

They even wash down all the council barbecues which we usually find dirty, always leaving the area cleaner than how we found it.

What a great programme, we get the much needed extra help and the guys, who will soon be integrating back into our community, get to feel and be a part of it, instead of apart from it.

And some of the correctional officers are now giving up their time on their days off to also come down and lend a helping hand.

Starting next week, every Wednesday ( weather permitting ), we will be having a barbecue. They have kindly offered to bring the barbecue down. They are all carefully screened for appropriate placement and they are closely supervised for the duration of their hours, both in terms of work and of their behaviour.

What a great partnership !!

The logo above indicates the collaboration ( which we will be putting on the van ).
#communityspirit #HHH #communitypartnership


The School Breakfast Club


The Breakfast Club – Fuel for Learning

It was a very chilly out on the playground this morning and the students were well rugged up. Brrrrrr.

A huge thank you to Constance and Lynne for standing outside in the cold, filling up students tummies and warming them up with a hot drink. And after breakfast they were straight into making the school lunches onsite.

As always, the efforts of our Volunteers were truly appreciated by the students.


Helping Hands In The Hawkesbury – Facebook Page

Helping Hands Slogan

Barely a day goes by where we are offered items that we cannot accept due to the lack of suitable storage facilities. We also do not have the volunteer power or time to coordinate the messages, pick up, drop off’s and distribution as we are already pretty stretched.

We have now started a Facebook Group where people can list their items that they have available for FREE. eg. furniture, white goods, clothing etc. You can also post a Wanted Post if you are in need of a specific item or service.

This will allow items to be directly exchanged between those who want to give and those who are in need. If you have some items that you no longer need, and you think someone else might, please join the group and list them there.

Thank you and please remember that every little bit helps.

St Ives Shopping Village Coat Drive

Jacket Donations       Clothing Donations

Oh my goodness, thank you, thank you, thank you ! We are so grateful to  to everyone that has kindly donated jackets, coats and warm jumpers and an extra special thank you to the St Ives Shopping Village for organising and running the coat drive.

We just managed to squeeze them all into the van. So many wonderful and warm coats and jackets in every size imaginable.

Thank you once again to everyone!