Summer is here, school holidays have finally arrived, and the north coast is buzzing with the excitement of families arriving for their summer break, and locals taking time to savour and enjoy the stunning coastline that we get to call home.
For a couple of months, we enjoy the change of pace as we make the most of the long days and light nights, with barbeques on the beach, fun activities and making memories with family and friends.
For many in our community however, the summer holidays may not be quite so idyllic. Instead, this can be a time of added pressure for families struggling to cover the extra cost of childcare, or creatively trying to find ways to keep children entertained for the holidays on a limited budget.
When school is out many families may feel the pinch as they stretch the budget to cover the extra cost of food and clothes when the routine of school lunches and uniforms can no longer be relied on. For these reasons and many more, what should be an enjoyable time can in fact be a time of additional stress and worry for many people; a time where people may feel isolated and alone as they deal with a range of pressures, often not knowing who to turn to or where to access the relevant help and support.
As we step into summer our services in the Hope Centre continue to run and are available for anyone who needs help navigating these pressures. Whether it’s accessing food and clothing provision through our Food and Clothing Bank, speaking to someone about help with budgeting or debt management, accessing benefits and home heating advice or simply having a chat with a member of our team to see how else we can help at this time.
All of this can be done by coming along to one of our Open Door sessions that runs four times per week:
Tuesday, 11.30am - 1pm
Wednesday, 11.30am - 1pm
Thursday, 7pm - 8pm
Friday, 11.30am - 1pm
No appointments are necessary, just pop along to one of our sessions where some of our amazing team will meet with you and answer any questions you may have.
Whether a source of anticipation or anxiety, the summer sets a challenge for us all - it challenges us to continue to be a family of provision and connection, a people who don’t just focus on our own needs and desires but instead think about and knock the door of a neighbour to see how they are.
Our dream is that the summer would be a season of fun and expectation for all families in our community, that we would all enjoy these months, free from the worry and stress that life can bring. If you would like to chat to one of our team about how we can help, or if you know someone who would benefit from the services on offer, we would love to hear from you.
If you or anyone you know would benefit from any of our services at Vineyard Compassion, please pop along to one of our sessions or call 02870220005 for further information.