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Of the 6,200 West Australians who became homeless in 2018-2019, the cause in almost half of those cases was family and domestic violence (Australian Institute of Health and Welfare). Without the support of St Bart’s, Carissa may have become just another statistic. 
After four years together with her now ex-partner, Carissa had a miscarriage – an event she says triggered her partner to turn to methamphetamines for the first time. Before long, Carissa was also using drugs and the cycle of years of domestic violence began. 
Throughout this tumultuous and violent relationship, Carissa gave birth to four children - all of whom were eventually removed from the home for their own safety by the Department of Child Protection. 
“I rang Dad and said, ‘Dad I need help to get off the drugs. I don’t know where to go’ and he said, “I was waiting for your phone call.”
Carissa spent the next year in rehabilitation before a friend told her about St Bart’s, and she joined our Family Service in 2018. 
Read Carissa's full story here
A donation today will help us provide safe accommodation and support for the people in our communities in need. You can help us support people like Carissa to stand on their own, to look back on their past with understanding, and move towards a future with excitement and hope.  

Together, we can achieve great things.  

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A note from our CEO 

The wonderful work that our staff and volunteers do at St Bart’s has recently received some very public attention, through our June Appeal and a four-page newspaper article about one of the people who we support, Robbie North.
Robbie’s story is truly inspiring and we were honoured that he asked us to talk about the important role we played in his recovery, and his ability to leave our transitional accommodation for men and move to his own place.
It was also a privilege to sit alongside Kym recently in the 6PR Morning Studio and talk to Gareth Parker about the importance of the Women’s Service which she has resided in for the past few months. 
Kym’s story emphasised the fact that many West Australians are just a few pay packets away from being without a home and the pandemic, and the economic ramifications that flow from it, means more and more people may find themselves in the same situation. 
That is why our Women’s Service is so critical – we rely on the generosity of philanthropists, businesses and donations from individuals, as well as St Bart’s own reserves, to support up to 20 women at any one time. It costs about $35,000 a year, per bed, to provide this service.
From January to December 2019, we supported 46 women in the service and half of them we were able to move out into their own stable accommodation – which is our goal.
We rely on the generosity of other West Australians to volunteer their time to provide activities and support to the women in the service, as well as all the other services we operate.
The changes in Government restrictions means we are now back open for business for volunteering, though there are still tighter rules around what volunteers can do at our aged care service, James Watson.
Activities such as arts and crafts, cooking, wellness activities such as yoga, or just having a chat over a cuppa, are all things that the women in our service would appreciate.
I have two links below – one to Robbie’s story if you missed it – and a link to the radio interview with Gareth Parker. 

Robbie’s story – The Sunday Times
Mornings with Gareth Parker radio interview

From all of us at St Bart’s, stay safe and we look forward to seeing many of you soon.

Samantha Drury
St Bart's CEO   

Website now LIVE

Have you seen St Bart’s new website? Our easy-to-navigate site has everything you need to know about the range of services we provide, and we’re excited to share it with you. It is also much easier now to sign up to this newsletter (tell your friends!), to volunteer and of course, to donate.


Cafe Lime reopens!

Three months after having to shut the doors due to COVID-19, we couldn’t wait to reopen St Bart’s Café Lime earlier this week. And judging by the positive feedback from our consumers, it couldn’t have come soon enough! 
A total of 44 warm meals of eggs, baked beans, spaghetti, toast and pancakes were served up alongside 50 coffees to start the day right.
New health guidelines, such as table service, were welcomed by our diners and is likely the new normal will remain even after restrictions ease. 
A huge thanks goes to our new Volunteer Coordinator, Warren, in what was his first Café shift; to volunteers Julien, Charlie and Mark who prepared the feast; and to WA Charity Direct for their generous contribution to the ongoing running costs of the Café. In the next edition we can share with you images from our official opening of Café Lime which will include some special guests!

Community generosity

The kind families connected to Sacred Heart College in Sorrento recently donated 35 brand new backpacks filled to the brim with handy items such as soap, shampoo, toothpaste, clothing, hats, towels and much, much more. As most of our services at St Bart’s are at capacity, these backpacks will be gifted to the people we unfortunately can’t accommodate at this time, and hopefully provide them with some comfort. 
And the kindness didn’t stop there – students and staff also donated a cot, car seat and highchair for our Family Service!
These generous donations, along with some wonderful gift packs from Irene McCormack College, have contributed greatly to a new campaign we are soon to launch for people we are unable to accommodate due to our capacity, as well as those currently in our services to acknowledge and celebrate their birthdays. 
Working alongside schools and any other individuals or corporate groups that would like to support us, we welcome any donations of the following items:
  • Coffee/tea/hot chocolate
  • Mugs
  • Gift packs (such as a mug with hot chocolate and marshmallows)
  • Hoodies (large, various colours)
  • Diaries/notepads/journals

This donation of cosy king single quilts came just in time as the nights started to cool off! A huge thanks goes to the team at K&S Freighters for the donation, pictured here with our groundsman Layth.

The good guys from Northern Warriors Veterans Football Club arrived on our doorstep, arms full with 25 warm jackets, hoodies, as well as t-shirts. Club president Ken is pictured here with Sara and Caitlin from our Future Homes service, who were very keen to distribute to the men in our services. 

Thank you to our generous community!

With restrictions in WA easing, we’re very excited to start opening up some our volunteer opportunities once again, and we look forward to seeing some familiar faces - and hopefully some new ones as well - who are keen to volunteer with us!
For any volunteer queries, please email or visit our Volunteer page.

Music soothes the soul

A unique initiative between West Australian Music and 360 Artist Logistics has recently seen St Bart’s host two amazing micro-gigs. The project brought some much-needed happiness, hope and connection to those residing at St Bart’s, whilst also providing vital paid work for professional artists who have largely lost their livelihoods due to COVID-19 restrictions.
Reading the crowd like the pro that she is, Nat Ripepi got us all up on our feet and singing along as she covered old favourites. Take a look here.

“It brightened my, scrap that. It brightened my whole week!” said one of our residents.

Irish-born singer/songwriter Fieldsy played an intimate session at our Women’s Service. Her Celtic-Rock flavour was a hit with the audience, and she even played a couple of special requests, including a heart-warming Amazing Grace. Check it out here.

WA Charity Direct, we thank you

Thanks to a grant from WA Charity Direct (WACD), St Bart’s is now able to provide more support to consumers to access our education fund, which has been designed to support any consumer, including children, with their education and training needs. Additional funding from WACD will also provide a food/starter pack to consumers leaving St Bart’s services, as well as support for the operation of Café Lime through the purchasing of consumables. 

Woodside secures our isolation unit

With the economic downturn now underway as a result of the pandemic, it came as a great relief that Woodside’s COVID-19 Community Fund supported us to fund St Bart’s new isolation unit. Much of the accommodation we provide has shared facilities, such as kitchens and sometimes bathrooms, so it is vital that if residents need to isolate, that there is somewhere they can safely stay without putting others at risk.
The unit is even more important now as restrictions are being eased. The Woodside funding also covers the installation of a new security gate at our Lime Street premises, ensuring only those with card access can enter the courtyard area, again providing greater protection to those we support in our services during an increasingly uncertain time.

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