Newsletter for the Rotary Club of Geraldton Greenough - Issue No.: 524 Issue Date: 20 May, 2019

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Hope Springs Community Farm

Guest Speaker Andy Niblock is introduced by Viki Fennell. Andy has been in the Mid West since 2016 and is the Regional Manager of the Hope Community. In their former guise as Drug Arm they have been part of WA for around a century. The Hope Springs farm is on the Allanooka Springs Rd at Walkaway. They deal with alcohol and drug use; mental health; social disadvantage. One of their major projects is selling sour dough spelt bread at the local markets. (The bread is brilliant Ed.)

 

Andy says he spoke at the Geraldton Rotary Club last week.

He provided us with an overview of Hope

They operate Hope Springs Community Farm and Rosella House

They are in the main State Gov’t funded. They are a Not for Profit organization

Rosella House is not an ideal location v close to Northgate Shopping Centre

Hope Springs Community Farm is 40ks SW of Geraldton (near Walkaway)

There are 22 beds there and the facility is funded by the Mental Health Commission

Hope helps people who want to change their lives

The Dam

Craft and Design

Its primary focus is ‘education’

Hope us based on the Therapeutic Community Model and inspired by San Patrignano community in Italy

They aim to create sustainable change in Hope resident’s lives by connecting people into the wider community. Some of the ways this is done is through courses in hospitality, baking, tourism, craft, landscaping, horticulture and business management.

Everyone is detoxed before they start and there is a transition process from Rosella House to Hope Springs

There are opportunities for Rotary (us) to support Hope through volunteering, sponsoring and attracting finance

They are currently thinking of developing a commercial laundry

Questions:

Tony Emmott on Hope’s demographics- A. Must be 18yrs+ most clients are late twenties, early thirties. 15% aboriginal.

Kim Stokes on length of program- A. Recommended that clients stay for at least a year.

Ian ‘Doc’ Taylor did the vote of thanks.

Author: Grant Woodhams

Published: 15 November, 2018

 


Meeting Rosters
Date
Setup & Door
Setup & Door
Guest Speaker Host
Invocation & Toast
Raffle & Rotary Cor
Guest Speaker Thanks
Fines Master
Student
22 May, 19
Raj Mavath
Tom Maina
Kevin Watson
Kim Stokes
Clark Scarff
Ray Haynes
Hugh Lavery
Jim Dillon
29 May, 19
Michelle Mitchell
Kevin Watson
Lew Hills
Douglas Bruce
Kim Stokes
Paul Pirrottina
Laurie Dines
Phil Martin
05 Jun, 19
Peter Sukiennik
Kerryn Horo
Bruce Ralph
John Gooch
Geoff Wood
Geoff Watson
Phil Martin
Kim Stokes
12 Jun, 19
Ian Taylor
Steve Muir
Raj Mavath
Viki Fennell
Hugh Lavery
Robert Houwen
Jim Dillon
Geoff Watson
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Wed, 22 May, 19
9:00am
22 May, 19
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Thu, 23 May, 19
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