Ianna Murray, Case Worker at the Byron Community Pantry

Community Worker Ianna Murray supports rough sleepers and vulnerable women in the Byron Shire

Community Worker

Ianna Murray, the Byron Community Centre Case Worker, is currently running all Rough Sleeper Projects, Feel Good Fridays and providing emergency relief and assertive outreach casework to those who require support to move out of homelessness.

Rough Sleeper Projects

HOMELESS BREAKFAST AND SHOWERS

The Homeless Showers and Breakfasts are continuing to grow in demand offering hot showers and hot meals each week to vulnerable people in the community.

SEVERE WET WEATHER SHELTER

The Severe Wet Weather Shelter project is ready and able to pop up whenever there is a 30ml rain forecast and has resources for a further 18 nights of shelter.

FEEL GOOD FRIDAYS

Women Matter Too project funding from NSW Services in December 2019 created an opportunity to assist vulnerable women at risk of homelessness. Feel Good Fridays was set up at the Byron Community Cabin as an informal women’s group to provide customised support and also as a women’s only shower/pamper day. Vulnerable women have been provided with temporary accommodation during Covid, linked with the Community Pantry and other services, provided with necessary travel, assisted with Centrelink and identification barriers, had their online housing applications progressed and their hair cut.

Proudly funded by the NSW Government

Connections Week

Connections Week, Monday 16 – Friday 20 November, is a week to focus on the stories and needs of people sleeping rough in our community.

The Byron Community Centre is working together with Byron Shire Council and local partners to establish a register of people sleeping rough in the Byron Shire. During Connections Week, trained volunteers and community sector workers connect with people sleeping rough to conduct surveys and understand their housing and health needs.

Please consider donating to support our Case Worker. Your kind donation will help us support rough sleepers and vulnerable women in the community.

Contact

If you want to reach out to Ianna please contact caseworker@byroncentre.com.au or call (02) 6685 6807.

Sponsors and Donors

The Byron Community Centre received generous financial support from a local foundation as well as the local Uechtritz Foundation to fund this essential community worker position.

This role has a strong focus on advocacy and supporting vulnerable women from getting out of homelessness in the Byron Shire. Furthermore, this community worker role is centred around coordinating women’s resource and homeless projects to provide person-centred support, collaborative case management and advocacy to disadvantaged women, groups and individuals. Another strong focus is on community development work to enhance community engagement and develop community resources and networks. 

The aim is to effect social change amongst disadvantaged women and our community; to increase access to housing, mental and physical services and promote and facilitate community connection. 

Donate Today

Support the essential work of our Community Case Worker with a donation and help us help the community.

For more information contact: Ianna Murray P: 02 66 856 807 E: caseworker@byroncentre.com.au