Peninsula Caring began in response to the Covid-19 (Corona) virus when two locals Kevin Parker and Gina Hockley approached the centre. Kevin had begun a Facebook group called Balmain Caring and Gina posted on Facebook about an elderly woman in distress with only a tissue box in her trolley as she could not find everyday essentials.
On 16 March Kevin and Gina met with Steven and Lisa from RNC to see how we could all come together to support the community. That same night we held an open meeting at Royal Oak Hotel and the foundation of Peninsula Caring was formed.
Peninsula Caring coordinates volunteers who live in and around the peninsula to help people in these extraordinary tough times who live in Annandale, Balmain, Rozelle, Birchgrove, East Balmain, Leichhardt, Lilyfield and surrounds.
We rapidly responded to people impacted by COVID, developing processes and protocols, registering volunteers. Connecting and supporting locals in need while achieving social impact statistics in our first 30 days
Request for Help: 160
Shopping trips: 62
Telephone calls: 323
Hampers distributed: 250
Food Rescued: 10,500 items
Meals Delivered: 420
Registered volunteers: 102
Volunteer Hours: 522 hours
Volunteer Contribution: $21,77.84
Facebook group: 1,152 members
All volunteers at the Centre will be given a Peninsula Caring/RNC ID card and access to training and support through the Centre.
Volunteer for Help Line: this role will be supporting the telephone line, logging calls and volunteers on the ground
Volunteer Logistics: Sourcing donations and items for locals, packing hampers, connecting to other organisations, local business
Volunteer in the Community - this role will be the arms and legs picking up and taking items to individuals in the community (adhoc as needed)
Volunteer Cleaner: a roster of volunteers to help the centre with cleaning, vacuuming and sanitising surfaces.
Volunteers must have a current National Police Check. If you need help with accessing this we do have vouchers to pay for the Police Check through Clear To Work.
As a small charity we are also seeking support via Go Fund Me to fund food hampers and vouchers and to cover some costs with supporting this project
Donation & Sponsorship
Have you seen or even been moved by the chalk messages appearing around Balmain this photo? We are pleased to announce Mabuzi Branding has teamed up with Rozelle Neighbourhood Centre to create some inspiring hoodies & T-shirts and a memento of these testing times!
For each item ordered, $5 goes to Rozelle Neighborhood Centre to support efforts including Peninsula Caring and when they hit 50 items, that goes up to $10 per item! You may also add a further donation to support their generous work directly.
Order by 9am Monday 4 May to be in the first print run of thee exclusive clothing range.
More info on the story, to make a donation or to place an order online, visit https://www.mabuzi.com/bekind.
When your receive your clothing by taking a photo and tagging us on social media #bekiind #peninsulacaring #rozellcentre
We want to also support local business though these extraordinary times.
Lets do This Promo Mondays is our Taking Care of Business campaign with Peninsula Caring. Every Monday we will promote local business.
Join our Peninsula Caring Facebook group and share your business info, offers and deals.
Add your business post and select the topic 'Business Promo' to reach locals who are engaged in Peninsula Caring.
Send through your contact details and we will add you our website.
As a grass roots collaboration supporting the community, we foster the skills, talents, passion and networks of residents, volunteers, local business in conjunction charities and government agencies across the Inner West. We couldn't do it with out the support of our community partners: