As part of the recent Byron Healthy Ageing project facilitated by the Byron Community Centre, Byron’s Older Residents shared their views on love…
Thanks to our spectacular volunteer Maureen Lightfoot we have just re-launched the AddsUp matched savings plan!
AddsUp is a partnership between NAB and Good Shepherd Microfinance. The program supports customers who have never saved to develop a positive, long-lasting savings habit.People on low incomes who have successfully paid off a NILS loan are supported by us open an AddsUp account and save $500, which is then matched dollar for dollar by NAB.
“AddsUp aims to enable people on low incomes transition to financial independence, through regular savings and inclusion in the mainstream banking system.” Maureen Lightfoot
This year, our program had the second highest number of clients to reach their matched savings goal of $500 out of all the AddsUP providers nationally. We saw $15,500 in matched savings going out to our clients!
“This is a community project, savings can be used for any purpose and can be accessed at any time, The program is designed to help us build financial resilience.”Maureen Lightfoot.
Find out more about AddsUp and NILS by contacting the Byron Community Centre on 0266 856 807 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Appointments can be made for Tuesday mornings
More about NILS:
The Byron Community No Interest Loan Scheme (NILS) is a community-based program providing people on low incomes safe, fair interest-free credit to buy essential goods and services.
Interest free loan amounts are between $500 – $1,000 for essential goods and services such as fridges, washing machines and medical procedures.
Please note that loans cannot be used for cash, everyday expenses, debt consolidation, holidays or bills. Repayments are set up at an affordable amount over 12 – 18 months.
To be eligible for NILS you must:
- Be on a low income – often this means you have a pension/health care card
- Reside in your current Byron Shire premises for more than 6 months
- Show a willingness and capacity to repay.
Byron Artisan Market
Venue: Railway Park, Jonson St, Byron Bay
Time: 4pm – 9pm
This popular night market, in the heart of Byron, operates every Saturday evening over an extended summer season from October ’16.
EACH MARKET FEATURES A LOCAL SINGER /SONGWRITER; DUET OR ENSEMBLE TO CREATE AN INTIMATE CAFE ATMOSPHERE.
With boutique stalls of local artisans selling jewellery, leather goods, clothing and accessories which focus on authenticity, originality and sustainability.Saturdays in Railway Park is a place to find original and creative products as you listen to great music and enjoy a snack or stay for dinner; the food is delicious food and the beverages plentiful.
The Artisan market provides a fantastic opportunity for artists, designers and healers to showcase their talents in a vibrant, family friendly atmosphere. Its conception echoes the growing demand for direct-from-the-artist handmade, high quality and affordable art and design products.
Many great locals come to play – the line up has included: acts such as: DidgEra, Three Little Sisters, Chris Mallory, Joseph O’Keefe, Si Mullumby, Chris Arensten, The Hottentots, Matt McHugh, Gareth Kato and Guy Kachel.
Read more about the markets we host.
The National Portrait Gallery has announced that the People’s Choice award for this year’s National Photographic Portrait Prize goes to Natalie Grono from Byron Bay for her photograph, Feather and the Goddess Pool 2014.
The photographer originally came across her subject via Feather’s generally notoriety in the community and her through her involvement in various projects hosted by the Byron health Ageing program facilitated by the Byron Community Centre.
Feather has been a ‘poster girl’ for the Byron Community Centre’s Healthy Ageing project and is a regular at Tuesday Drumming sessions held in the BCC Theatre and a key contributor to many aspects of the project.
The Hub supports the vibrant community of volunteer organisations and volunteers within the Byron Shire.
The Hub works as a volunteer referral service. It is a point of contact for those interested in volunteering in our community and, in turn, will provide organisations with access to an ever-expanding pool of interested volunteers. Along with facilitating rewarding volunteer experiences for local people, the Hub will provide ongoing support in the form of workshops, trainings, and social events throughout the year.
Volunteers can join the hub by contacting the Byron Community Centre and filling in a Hub application form.
Should you require any further information please email email@example.com, or call Cherie or Pippy (Monday to Friday) at the Byron Community Centre on 66856807.
Special things happen everyday at the Byron Community Centre. If you would like to support our byron safetynet appeal go to byroncentre.com.au/safetynet
The Byron Safety Net Appeal was launched over the weekend at the Byron Markets.
The fund raising campaign coordinated by the Byron Community Centre aims to raise $20,000 to make up a funding shortfall for community service programs after the Federal Government cut funding earlier this year.
The fund will support community services run by the community centre which include, homeless breakfast, emergency relief sessions and the byron healthy ageing program.
The Liberation Larder project provides hot food and drinks plus food parcels every Monday and Thursday at 12.30pm. The project ‘liberates’ food from local businesses and re-distributes it to anyone in need.
Operating from the Fletcher Street Room, the Liberation Larder also provides a comfortable place to sit and chat. For more information contact Helen Hamilton (President) 0439 409 655 or Liz Swain (Secretary) 0412 459 772
Cheers for volunteers
The 5th Byron Shire Volunteer Expo, “Cheers for Volunteers” will be being held on Tuesday the 13th of September 2016 at the Byron Community Centre.
The event places a wide range of not for profits all in the same place all eagerly looking for volunteers. If you have ever wondered, “How does one go about volunteering,” this is the event for you.
A diverse range of organisations will be represented on the day. From the Lighthouse to the liberation larder, Dune Care and helping Koalas to name just a few.
The day offers opportunities for potential volunteers and Not for Profits to meet and see if there is common ground.
This year there will be a special pop up dance performance by Sprung Integrated Dance Theatre, which is a NFP organisation that provides dance and theatre workshops for persons living with and without a disability.
The Byron Shire exceeds the national average for volunteers lets help push that stat even higher
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