Glen Innes staff share the Christmas spirit with local homeless

Senior Case Management Officer Jo Bailey, Olivia Adams from Pathfinders, Community Corrections Manager Mark Nott, and Correctional Officer Stuart Blyth with the donations.
Senior Case Management Officer Jo Bailey, Olivia Adams from Pathfinders, Community Corrections Manager Mark Nott, and Correctional Officer Stuart Blyth with the donations.

Staff from Glen Innes Correctional Centre and Glen Innes Community Corrections have donated a wide range of clothing, food and toiletries to ease the plight of those in need over the Christmas period.

Donations were delivered to Pathfinders in Glen Innes for distribution via their homelessness outreach service.

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Before donations were requested, Pathfinders were asked what they needed most.

Trish Thomas, Manager – Specialist Homelessness Service said: “We really need things suitable for people who are sleeping rough or couch surfing. Most of these are men, and some have pets that they will feed before themselves.”

Corrective Services NSW staff responded by including men’s underwear and socks, men’s deodorant, and even dog food among the donated items.

Olivia Adams works with local homeless people, and took delivery of the donations.

“These things are exactly what we need,” Ms Adams said.

“I already have some people in mind to receive these donations.”

Glenn Innes Correctional Centre Manager of Security Rowena Mustard said:

“Senior Services and Program Officer Helen Tucker and Senior Case Management Officer Jo Bailey encouraged staff to come on board to assist in helping the local homeless community have a brighter Christmas.

“The staff at both the Correctional Centre and Community Corrections responded generously with many needed donations.

“Helen and Jo started this as a support for Christmas time and they have now motivated staff to continue on with this support to the homeless throughout the coming year.”