Reinstate crisis Emergency Relief funding to Swansea Community Cottage Inc

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Swansea Community Cottage Inc is devastated to hear of the loss of our critical Emergency Relief Funding that supports Lake Macquarie and Newcastle. Funding we have had to support the community for over 30 years!  

To anyone helped by or knows of the service provided by Swansea Community Cottage we ask you take the time to support us as we try to reverse the decision of losing our crisis Emergency Relief funding of $47,530 per year.

On top of helping families in crisis, the money directly goes into our local community through the purchase of vouchers at our local supermarket, chemist, newsagent, meals on wheels and petrol station.

The east side of Lake Macquarie in particular, will be impacted heavily by the loss of this essential service to Swansea Community Cottage.  Hundreds of local families in crisis will be adversely affected each year by this cut in funding. Our in-need community members require access to a local service - a service that's knows their situations and can provide quality referrals.

Limited public transport on the east side of the Lake and the diversion of funds to larger services will impact greatly on accessibility. When an emergency occurs families in crisis cannot wait days to receive an appointment or make multiple phones calls trying to access support.

The Cottage provides case management to clients and takes referrals from multiple agencies across the region. We assist with tangible support through food parcels, referrals to before & after school care and vacation services, in house training from TAFE and WEA, supported playgroups, work for the dole opportunities and support groups like AA. All these services and more are run and accessible from The Cottage based in Swansea.

With the additional load from our client base added to other services, we anticipate a blow out to waiting times to access food and an extra strain on the budget as families and individuals try and travel further afield to access services.