26 Feb 2010
Many breathed a sigh of relief last month when the Reserve Bank decided to keep interest rates on hold, but probably nobody more so than the volunteers at Bacchus Marsh’s Neighbours Place.
The number of visitors to the Neighbours Place has increased of late with 23 new people passing through there doors last December, which in my opinion is 23 people too many!
There is a strong likelihood that these numbers have increased due to the higher costs of living and rising bills, which is forcing people to go to the Neighbours Place to get themselves a decent feed.
The Co-ordinator of the Neighbours Place, Bernice Smart, believes that people are struggling to pay their bills and “once people pay their rent, there is often not a lot left over and that’s a story we hear a lot”.
A new project may be on the cards though with VicRelief Foodbank
which will help the Neighbours Place to receive unsold food products from supermarkets. Let’s hope that it works out so that at least some of the day-to-day stress of trying to afford food can be taken away from people who are struggling to pay their bills.
It is so important to help out organisation’s like Bacchus Marsh’s Neighbours Place so that we can help to support those who are less fortunate in our community. So if anybody has any spare tinned or preserved food or would like to make a money donation you can contact The Neighbours Place on 5367 6222 to help them out.
Do you volunteer for the Neighbours Place or another similar organisation, if so I would love to hear from you, what can we all do to help out?