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Orange Sky Laundry comes to Coopernook

From September 2021, we are delighted to announce that Orange Sky Laundry will be setting up its laundry van at Coopernook Uniting Church and Op Shop, every Thursday from 11 noon to 2.00pm, offering free wash-and-dry services – along with a cuppa and a chat – to those who need them. We hope this will be good news for the homeless in the area – as well as for those who still haven't got their laundries 'up and running' after the floods.

Thanks to the wonderful folk at Orange Sky - who can also be found at Manning Uniting Church (outside the Red Dove Cafe) every Friday morning from 10.00am to 12 noon.

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Sub–sidised!

We regularly take a selection of healthy Subway rolls on chaplaincy visits to homeless and flood-affected communities. On one week in October, however, the subs were on Subway – as Rev. Claire's business card was drawn on of the 'hat' for Subways monthly draw. A mouth-watering Subway platter found its way to various hungry people. Thanks to Megan and the Staff at Taree Subway for always finding time to make, wrap and mark a big box of rolls each week. Much appreciated!

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Street libraries

For those looking to read their way – safely and affordably – through lockdown, we've launched two Street Libraries: one in central Taree and one in Coopernook. Look for the Big Red Fridges for an ever-changing read. (NOT just The Good Book!)

  • Manning Uniting Ministry Centre (outside the Red Dove Cafe), Albert Street, Taree

  • Coopernook Uniting Church Op Shop, Petrie Street, Coopernook

More Big Red Fridges will hopefully be popping up in other locations, too. (If your communities needs a Street Library – let us know, and we'll see what we can do!)

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Flood recovery support

Mid Coast Council recently hosted a series of online 'roadshows' for those seeking flood recovery support, with providers answering residents' enquiries about financial and legal assistance, mental health support and other needs. Rev. Claire provided chaplaincy for these events. It was a privilege to hear stories from hard-hit communities, and to witness their spirit and resilience as the journey of recovery continues.

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