In early 2021, Campbell Page Youth Services Eurobodalla held a COVID-Safe School holidays program in Moruya, Narooma and Bateman’s Bay. After a tough year, it was a great way to bring together locals and have some fun!
In collaboration with PCYC Far South Coast, Headspace, Save the Children Fund, NSW Police, Eurobodalla Shire Council, Mission Australia and Rotary Narooma the program welcomed local youths and their family for 5 days across these 3 locations.
There were plenty of free activities at the program, including bubble soccer, cricket, archery and ball games. The program also had tye-dye, mindfulness colouring in, giant Jenga, giant connect four and bubbles! We are very grateful for the many organisations that donated their equipment and time to help make these activities happen, fun was had by all!
After building up an appetite at the fun activities and games, the daily BBQ was also a great chance for youths & parents to connect with our staff and volunteers.
There were many smiles and laughs throughout the program, with our participants sharing with our staff that this was exactly what they needed, and they can’t wait to do it again – bring on next year!
It could not have been possible without our kind and generous donors:
We are delighted to receive a donation of 100 laptops from leading energy infrastructure company Jemena.
Our customers include homeless youth, unemployed locals including people with a disability, young single mums, people who have been impacted by bushfires, and Aboriginal youth and families. The computers will be distributed to members of our community along the NSW South Coast.
Chief Executive Officer, Natalie Turmine, said the generous donation could not have come at a better time.
“It’s been a very difficult and challenging 12 months for our people along the NSW South Coast. The smoke had barely cleared from the bushfires when COVID-19 struck and many individuals as well as businesses have faced mass unemployment as a result.”
“The compounding effect of multiple crises within a relatively short period of time has had a profound impact on locals’ livelihoods and their ability to recover financially, but this donation allows us to give our customers the tools they need to rebuild, recover and try to get back to work,” said Ms Turmine.
Gabrielle Sycamore, General Manager, Strategy and Commercial, Jemena Gas Networks said Jemena is delighted to provide the laptops to support the local community.
“We are pleased to work with Campbell Page to provide much needed equipment for their customers. By repurposing our computers we are not only reducing landfill, but we are ensuring those people in New South Wales who have been through so much can enjoy and benefit from something like a computer, an item that many of us take for granted.”
“We also thank Simon Moore, Infrastructure Policy Manager at Business NSW. As a member of our JGN Customer Council, Simon initiated the introduction to Campbell Page for which we are very grateful.”
Many of the laptops have already reached those in need with young locals experiencing homelessness, or those at risk of homelessness, residing in our Youth Refuge having already received a laptop. Young school-aged mothers participating in Campbell Page’s sole parenting program have also received their computers to help them continue with their education and vocational learning.
Ms Turmine said the laptops will help customers prepare resumes, search and apply for jobs, build their technical skills, and complete online training courses and qualifications.
“For some of our customers, this will be the first computer they have ever owned, so we’re excited to support them on their journey of technological discovery,” said Ms Turmine.
“It wouldn’t have been possible without Jemena’s incredibly generous donation and support of local not-for-profits and local people. We’re extremely grateful to the Jemena team.”