The smell of sausages, home baking and lots of friendly smiles welcomed people to the opening of a ‘temporary’ community hub for Southshore Residents on Sunday, 16 September. It was great to see such a cross section of ages of people walking around and through the hub.
Connectedness and purpose were an underlying theme of the day and we were challenged to add something to an already jammed packed board of 'suggestions for use of the hub'. This will be a space that many different groups use as they all help to rebuild the Southshore community in different ways.
Bill Simpson, Chairman of the Southshore Residents' Association, reiterated the importance of many people helping when he recently spoke of people in Southshore being at “different stages of grief...(therefore) we have to find new ways to keep reaching out to people and I think the best way is to take a personal approach". Bill is part of a growing team of people including Lisa Clarke, newly appointed part-time Recovery Coordinator for the Hub. Her appointment is aided by donations from Todd Foundation and The Tindall Foundation which supports the work of keeping the community connected. The community is also thankful for the generous 7 month rental reprieve.