Helensburgh

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2508 Salvos

 

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Hope where it’s needed most in Helensburgh, Otford, Stanwell Tops, Stanwell Park and beyond.

History

The Salvation Army has been active in Helensburgh for a number of years through its Salvos Store on the corner of Parkes and Walker Street, which provides good quality, low-cost recycled clothing and furniture, as well as an avenue for community members to volunteer and for unemployed people to gain skills through work-for-the-dole scheme. In 2017, local Salvo Lauren Martin volunteered to assist with The Salvation Army’s annual fundraiser, the Red Shield Appeal, helping to organise a number of community events and activities. “Through that, and my visibility as a local Salvation Army representative, people began to tell me stories of local hardship and injustice, of loneliness and social isolation,” she says. “I began to assist people where possible through my Salvation Army networks and I realised that The Salvation Army needed to do more than just fundraising in this area. We needed a bigger presence in 2508 to provide assistance, a confidential and non-judgmental listening ear, and of course, hope.”

 


We hear of local hardship and injustice… of loneliness and social isolation.


 

Mission Work

Not long afterwards, through the Red Shield Appeal funding efforts, 2508 was able to employ a one-day-per-week Community Worker, Helensburgh’s only community worker. Operating out of the Salvos Store, and other locations in Helensburgh, our community worker works to build community and assist locals who are lonely or struggling, through:

  • Regular community activities at Helensburgh Salvos Store to meet people in need and get to know locals who are lonely or socially isolated, who frequent the store.
  • Material assistance when needed for households struggling to make ends meet.
  • Referrals for drug-and-alcohol services, trauma, relationship or other counselling, domestic violence services homelessness services, court support, free financial counselling etc.
  • Walking alongside people as they journey through a range of issues including addiction, domestic violence, social isolation, mental health problems.
  • Facilitation of the free Salvation Army Positive Lifestyle Program, a one-on-one self-discovery and care course that allows participants to look at their own lives and responses grief-and-loss, anger, stress and self-esteem; and make positive changes.

Other mission work undertaken by 2508 Salvos in the Helensburgh community and 2508 area is the delivery of The Salvation Army’s Youth Ambassador Program (YAP) at Otford Public School and a free weekly walking group for people to gain fitness, explore our beautiful surrounds and make friends.

2508 Salvos also operates as a small organic ‘missional community’, where members meet weekly to share life together, pray and wrestle with how to love God and love others in their lives, families and communities. 2508 Salvos also partners with the Helensburgh Baptist Church to deliver CONNECT Church – an interactive family church using Lego that meets fortnightly at The Cupbearer Café.