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Women’s laundry social enterprise kicked out of home

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The Linen SHIFT, a vital social enterprise helping vulnerable women find work, is searching for a new home after having its lease in the Byron industrial estate terminated.

The local start-up, which provides ethical, sustainable laundry services to local accommodation providers, was given the bad news the day after its International Women’s Day fundraiser.

Members of the Linen Shift laundry service in action. Image: The SHIFT Project

They now have one month to vacate their premises at 13 Acacia Street, Byron Bay, and find a new home.

‘We’re on the hunt for new premises for the laundry and another social enterprise initiative that’s in the pipeline,’ said Anne Goslett, the Managing Director of The SHIFT Project.

‘If there are commercial property owners out there, ideally in the Byron Arts & Industrial Estate, who are seeking a fantastic operator as their new tenant, we’d love to hear from you”.

The SHIFT Project runs a number of projects throughout the Northern Rivers, including The Linen SHIFT.

The service opened its doors in March 2020 during the height of COVID and against all odds, provided employment for over 14 women transitioning from welfare to wellbeing.

In order to realise more support for more women, the Linen SHIFT has chosen the challenge to secure larger premises for the laundry and make the move by May 2021.

‘Now more than ever, with inflated rents and a lack of affordable housing, we see homelessness threatening women of diverse socio-economic backgrounds,’ Ms Goslett said.

‘Our response has always been to be part of the solution.  As much as it’s been so disappointing that our lease would not be renewed, it’s now time for us to make this move, to relocate the laundry and strengthen our capacity to support vulnerable women in the community.’


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