High de­mand for Olivia’s Place

Warragul & Drouin Gazette - - NEWS -

Olivia’s Place in War­ragul has ex­pe­ri­enced a 250 per cent in­crease in de­mand to sup­port lo­cal fam­i­lies over the past six months.

Since July 1, the not-for-profit preg­nancy and early par­ent­ing sup­port ser­vice has re­homed nurs­ery and ma­ter­nity items val­ued at more than $18,000 to lo­cal fam­i­lies ex­pe­ri­enc­ing hard­ship.

This fig­ure comes close to the to­tal items re­homed for the en­tire 2015/16 fi­nan­cial year - and it’s only get­ting busier.

Olivia’s Place ran a so­cial me­dia cam­paign in mid-De­cem­ber seek­ing gifts for fam­i­lies who had de­cided not to “do” Christ­mas.

These fam­i­lies sim­ply couldn’t af­ford presents un­der the tree. Some had new­born ba­bies due or just ar­rived whilst oth­ers had two to five chil­dren.

Gifts were handed out in ad­di­tion to a record amount of ma­te­rial aid in­clud­ing cots, prams, car re­straints, in­fant and ma­ter­nity cloth­ing and other baby ne­ces­si­ties.

Items val­ued at over $6000 were do­nated in the first three weeks of De­cem­ber alone.

A lo­cal mother praised Olivia’s Place for sup­port­ing her and her new­born son.

“Would I be watch­ing over a beau­ti­ful baby?” she said. “Would I be able to take him home? Would he have every­thing he needs? Olivia’s Place gave me a rea­son to an­swer yes to all these ques­tions. They sat by me and gave me a shoul­der to lean on when I felt like I couldn’t do it. They gave strength to push through some re­ally tough times. For this, I am for­ever in their debt. Their work should never go un­no­ticed. Can­not wait for the time that I can give back the help Olivia’s Place has given me.”

Olivia’s Place also re­ceived a Christ­mas present via a $10,000 An­drews Foun­da­tion grant. This will be used for ma­te­rial aid.

Re­cently the ser­vice also pur­chased 16 cots and mat­tresses thanks to the Bunyip Com­mu­nity Op­por­tu­nity Shop and another lo­cal busi­ness. This en­abled ev­ery re­quest for a safe place to sleep be­ing met.

With the in­crease in de­mand, Olivia’s Place has out­grown its Barkly St premises and will move to a new lo­ca­tion at 34 Queen St, War­ragul next week.

Olivia’s Place also won the Baw Baw Shire com­mu­nity con­tri­bu­tion award for cul­tural achieve­ment at the Baw Baw Shire Aus­tralia Day awards.

Lo­cal res­i­dent Mags Light (left) presents a new mo­tor­bike to Craig, Mon­tanna and Dakota Porter of Drouin South. It helps ease Mon­tanna’s dev­as­ta­tion at hav­ing her mo­tor­bike stolen last year.

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