END OF WATER DONATION DAYS
Organisation plans to take a turn with the mission remaining the same
IT may be the end of their water allocation days but Granite Belt Drought Assist will always be there to lend a helping hand to their community.
During the last nine months Granite Belt Drought Assist estimates volunteers have put in over 8000 hours of work.
Co-manager Glenda Riley said now it is time to give back to those volunteers, hoping to create a safe space where people could come and chat about their troubles over a cup of coffee.
NEW and exciting things are in the making at Granite Belt Drought Assist, as the organisation prepares to take a different turn.
Co-owner Glenda Riley said while details were still being finalised, their initial mission of supporting the community wouldn’t change.
“The mission is still the same – this new venture just gives us a bit more of a purpose,” Ms Riley said.
“We are going to teach people how to fish rather than giving them the fish,” she said.
Seeing the organisation’s volunteers “bloom” over the last six months, Ms Riley said it was a light bulb moment for her and co-owner Barbara Marsden.
“We will be more of a mental health, social networking and social wellbeing platform,” Ms Riley said.
“Coming in here to volunteer gives them (volunteers) a purpose – and we have really noticed that they enjoy being in this space.”
“Somebody else is doing water and are doing it well so we thought this would be a great pathway for us to contribute to the community,” Mrs Marsden said.
Ms Riley said the organisation didn’t plan on taking anything away from the other assistance platforms in the region, but to fill in the missing pieces.
“We don’t want to reinvent the already existing wheel – we want to strengthen it,” Ms Riley said.
“There are gaps for us that we can fill.”
Mrs Marsden said the new venture would allow people to reach out for support in a space they felt more than comfortable in.
“We aren’t targeting a particular demographic,” Mrs Marsden said.
“We want to be able to help people help themselves – genuine people who need the support.
“It will all be done in a stress-free, casual way – just come in and be yourself.”
Ms Riley said the community would be informed of more information as the venture progressed in the coming months.
COMING SOON: Granite Belt Drought Assist co-owners Glenda Riley and Barbara Marsden.