Bathurst Uniting Support Services is a program run by the Bathurst Uniting Church and offers kindness and care to people in need. There are a number of different projects happening around food, transport, social contact and pastoral care.
- The Shelter Café which operates at the back of the Uniting Church on Saturdays and Sundays between 12-2pm. There is free hot food, warm clothes, sleeping bags and a hot shower if needed.
- Bathurst Buddies matches volunteers with those who need social contact.
- Support is provided for some of the drug and alcohol programs running in town through transport and pastoral care.
- The church is also supporting new Mums in the SUPPs program with baby bundles and equipment.
If you’d like to see more about what is happening, volunteer or donate you can find more information on our Facebook page or call us on 0455 328 966.
The latest news from BUSS….
Keeping people warm
Over the winter we have been receiving donations from the Green Dry Cleaner. They collect warn jackets and blankets from people at the shop, dry clean them and then pass them on to us. It is great to be able to send someout into the cold with a warm jacket and blanket for their bed. Thank you to all those who donated their coats and blankets and to Green Dry Cleaner for making them just like new to pass on to people.
A great project with Bathurst Taxi
Bathurst Taxis got in contact to see if we could organise 50 hampers to go out into the the community. They raised most of the money, and did all the delivering. We put in some extra funds and worked out what to buy and who to give it to.
Wonderful to see organisations such as Bathurst Taxis, who are not normally in the welfare space, reaching out to help those in the community.
Food for Goodooga It’s geat when our Uniting Churches come together to help others. We had a wonderful example this week of everyone working together to help get food to Goodooga. Goodooga is a town in the Australian state of New South Wales in Brewarrina Shire on the eastern bank of the Bokhara River. It is near Brewarrina, 121.6km, and Lightning Ridge, 73.7 km, its closest neighbours. The town lies 20 kilometres south of the Queensland border. The population of 274 is basically Indigenous and there are about 82 families. When I was working as a Rural Chaplain, this was one of my favourite parts of NSW. For many years there has been no Supermarket. They have a School, Post Office, and Health Centre. Now the Covid Lockdown has reached Goodooga concerns for fresh food and vegetables, frozen food and household essentials have become critical. The restrictions on driving, lack of licences, only one person from a family being allowed to shop, on social distancing and the impact of panic buying in Lightning Ridge and Brewarrina cripple the ability of Goodooga residents to access even the most basic of foodstuffs, let-alone fresh fruit and vegies. They have sent a request
"Yes you Can!" project launched this week with our Mince Chow Wow recipe.
Food parcels and pictorial recipes were delivered to 10 families on Tuesday so they could have a go at cooking in their own homes. Great reception from the families and many have sent in photos to show what they did. The trial will run for 4 weeks.
The meal below was done by an 8yr old in one of the families. Great work🙂
Week 1 - Delicious hamburgers and Hash Browns
Great cooking everyone with our first "Frypan Creations."
Cooking with a buddy is the best!!
There was alot of laughter, chatter and a happy happy feeling during our time together this morning.
The families tonight will enjoy the hamburgers and hash browns.
Next week we are cooking 'corn fritters and sausages.'
If you would like more information about this cooking project which assists people in need, or are interested in helping in some way, please contact us.
Due to the amazing generosity of the Bathurst community the guests at the Shelter Cafe are offered warm sleeping bags, winter clothing, blankets and coats.
After the guests have enjoyed their hot meal with delicious sourdough bread, and a hot drink they are encouraged to take with them fruit, toiletry care packs, long life milk, non-perishable food and snacks.
Great thanks to the Bathurst CWA for their magnificent donation of such a large variety of snacks and long life milk.
Thank you Bathurst community for your care and support with this project !!
Yesterday the outgoing President of Bathurst Inner Wheel, Sandra Jackson (on the right) presented a cheque for $700 to Julie Fry, the coordinator of BUSS (Bathurst Uniting Support Services). The new President of Bathurst Inner Wheel, Agnes Fallow, is in the background. Sandra selected this charity for the work that BUSS does with people in Bathurst who are doing it tough. Projects include the provision of free hot meals on Saturdays and Sundays 12-2 at The Shelter Cafe. This space is also being used by the Aboriginal Lands Council to provide hot food on Thursday nights, 5-7pm.
The local Aboriginal Lands Council is going to partner with us to have a soup kitchen at our premises on Thursday nights. As Thursday is only day in the week that hot food is not available somewhere we are delighted that the Lands Council are going to be putting on a hot meal. So spread the word that anyone can come on Thursday night for good tucker and a friendly face.
After a very successful trial of the homeless shelter in winter 2018 the Bathurst Uniting Support Services (BUSS) was established.
Click here to read the report on the Uniting Safe Space Trial.