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Feel Good Friday – new women’s service

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As the country’s homeless population continues to grow, women, particularly those over the age of 45, are among the fastest growing group.

In response, Byron Community Centre has created Feel Good Friday – a regular event that gives women the opportunity to access basic services and to connect with others.

‘It’s about getting women in our community together in a safe and inclusive environment, where hidden potentials can be explored,’ says Elyssa Purdie, the project worker behind Feel Good Fridays.

‘We are going to start by offering things like computer, printer and internet access, fresh food boxes, creative and wellbeing activities.

‘It is also a place where women can come together to help each other and access other community supports as needed.’

The event runs every Friday from 1–3pm at the Byron Community Cabin in the Carlyle Street recreation grounds, with all women welcome to attend regardless of age, ethnicity or any other form of identity.

‘Women often don’t identify themselves as homeless and so we’re trying to make the services accessible in a different way,’ the General Manager of the Community Centre Louise O’Connell said.

‘We know from previous services that women are more likely to access women-only services.’

The Centre is also keen to hear from local women about what activities, programs or services would be useful.

For more information go to the Feel Good Friday Facebook page, or visit Byron Community Centre reception in person.


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2 COMMENTS

  1. Omg
    So good to find out about this
    Yes I am now homeless after a 37 year marriage
    Never thought I would be in this awful situation
    Was always helping others
    Now I need the support

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