Bad news is going out of style, we think it’s time to bring in some good news.
In early September, the Blacktown Workers Club Group (BWCG) partnered up with Carevan Blacktown to donate 52 bags of food, groceries and variety of other goods.

The Workers – We Care team met up with Carevan Blacktown in Lalor Park Community Hall with everyone rolling up their sleeves to put in a huge effort to sort and pack each of the individual food items into a donatable bag for those who are in need in the Greater Western Sydney Community.

This was a Workers ‘We Care’ Staff initiative, with all the uncertainty and the negative news circulating around the globe, the Workers Staff were not only wanting to give back to the community in need but to spread positivity in these tough times.

In August, the BWCG also donated $2,500, with the funds going directly towards purchasing supplementary fruit, vegetables, pantry goods, hygiene items to make up the weekly hampers of necessities to supplement diets and budgets.

Carevan are fortunate in the community’s support but most items are a weekly and increasing cost as our numbers have grown since our inception. This includes not just the extra food and produce, but service items such as cutlery, takeaway containers, bags for hampers, tea and coffee and the extras required to hold a meal service. In addition to these weekly running costs the impact of COVID on Carevan’s operational costs have increased our weekly spend, in order to accommodate the strict guidelines regarding hygiene, such as bulk sanitiser and cleaning products etc. in order to be able to conduct the meal service in a COVID friendly and safe manner.

Funding such as this is directed not to any one small project but to Carevan’s weekly work itself. Carevan’s mission is to combat social isolation and the despair that homelessness and social disadvantage create.”Andrew Scott – CEO Carevan Blacktown.

Carevan Blacktown an affiliate of The Carevan Foundation who was founded in 2008 by Dr. John Brabant and has been working to assist those at disadvantage in the Blacktown Local area since 2012. The Carevan team meet every Tuesday evening at Lalor Park Library Carpark at 7pm to serve hot nutritious meals to all those battling hardship and disadvantage of all kind; homelessness, financial hardship, isolation and loneliness. This year especially in the pandemic estimates seeing 25% to 33% of our community experiencing high levels of worry and anxiety, keeping more people to isolate.

If you would like more information, donate, volunteer, or partner with Carevan Blacktown please get in contact with them via email info@carevanblacktown.org.au or by visiting https://carevanblacktown.org.au/contact/