Share The Dignity
We are happy to announce that we have a collection box in the Library, Hamilton Campus to support Share The Dignity. Share The Dignity aims to support homeless women and women in domestic violence shelters who are unable to afford sanitary items. If you would like to supply any sanitary items please drop them into the collection box in the Library (near the newspapers) or to the Library Staff. We are hoping to move the collection box around to different sections on campus so that the campaign is visible to all.
Thanks to Toni Foot for raising this community issue and obtaining the collection box from Share The Dignity.
Hamilton Library staff have just concluded an appeal for donations to help local people suffering homelessness. Our blanket display has been a great talking point among staff and students. We have been overwhelmed with the generosity of our TAFE community and have been able to compile care packages for homeless men and women.
The donations we received during the Helping the Homeless appeal.
Care packages compiled from the donations.
Our staff and students have openly talked about homelessness, personal things that they do to help people in the community, and also how they are educating their own children about community issues.
Thank you to everyone who has donated and been involved in our appeal.
For a local focus on homelessness, check out this special article from the Newcastle Herald: “The Man On The Street“.
Blankets created and donated by Library Technician, Debbie Harbrow.
How lucky are we? Each and every night this coming winter, we will go home. Home to warmth, safety and shelter from the elements. We will have a good meal, a warm bed as well as our wonderful communities around us. Others are not so fortunate. Through the misfortune of trauma, mental health issues or family breakdowns there are people, tonight, who are cold and hungry.
Please help us to help them.
Hamilton TAFE Library recently held an Easter Egg Guessing Competition and raised $40. This money bought 8 beanies and socks to accompany the donated crocheted blankets that are on display in the Library. We are looking for further donations of:
- Toothbrushes and Toothpaste
- Deodorant or anything you may feel would be appreciated.
All donated items will be given to homeless people at the conclusion of the display.
Hamilton TAFE students have compiled the Hunter Homeless Connect Guide with useful contacts for the Newcastle and Lake Macquarie area. This guide may be useful for any students facing financial and/or accommodation difficulties. This guide is available at several Hunter campuses and libraries including Hamilton, Hunter Street and Newcastle.