Warm Blankets For Everyone
Here's what we've been working on...
Here's what we've been working on...
Penny is the current chairperson. She is also a volunteer of WBFE and Quirkey Quilters.
Kiwanis run Special Education Programs – Terrific Kids Program in Schools, Children Hospital Comfort Care Cases plus pay for disadvantaged children to attend excursions.
Their premature and small babies’ program is well recognised.
Baby blankets, clothing, knitted and crocket blankets and children's clothing for all sizes and fabrics are all supplied by WBFE Winter and Summer.
Many years ago, Lyn and her husband set up the Allambi Centre, even though they have stepped back a little they are both committed to their young people.
They care for young people in refuges / residential housing, supporting children and young people to prevent homelessness by keeping children in their homes program (disabled, foster carers, large numbers of families in the community and young person refuges).
Earlier in 2021 they arranged a camp for 40 young people. Lyn asked if it was possible for WBFE to make a blanket for each of the children. At the end of the camp Allambi wanted to give each child a blanket as a memento of their camp.
Sadly due to Covid the camp was cancelled however the blankets were still given to the children.
Brad Smith runs BBQ’s for the homeless and disadvantaged in Swansea, Bar Beach and Light street.
Due to Covid 2021, Brad has not been able to hold them.
WBFE gives Brad, sleeping bags, blankets, clothing, beanies and other items.
We have a soft spot for a 5 year old girl who Brad met at one of his BBQ’s. Her parents are dead and she is being raised by her grandmother.
Each time Brad collects from us we include a special pack for the little girl.
Photo Belmont 24 June 2021
We Care Connect liaise with community case workers for children on the Central Coast and Newcastle areas.
The case workers inform We Care Connect of each of the families needs which they bundle up for the case workers to collect for the families.
This organisation has a huge community involvement mainly with young babies and children and their families.
Their storage facility is great allowing them to hold many items for when they are required. They have a large and committed volunteer base, sewing, sorting and organising their much-needed items
WBFE supply to them (lots of sheets, blankets, baby clothes and fabric).
Allira house is non-government funded, relying on the Allira Op Shops to fund their programs.
Five families are housed at one time. Tthey are always full, and their need is great.
Wayne is the Public Officer for WBFE and has just made and donated a mud kitchen for the children at Allira House. They were delighted and happy to receive the mud kitchen.
We purchased 2 sewing machines from Toronto Sew Easy with our grant money from the Federal Government. Spotlight also gave WBFE a discount on polar fleece.
The Church centre feeds around 80 people every Monday night.
David and his volunteers cook up a storm of a main and desert being given for a gold coin donation.
The church has been providing meals on a Monday for year. When not in Covid lockdown they offer their clients a sitdown meal and companionship. This friendship is much needed in the community of often single and lonely people.
WBFE provide Brad and David with blankets every week to distribute with the food, along with beanies, scarves, fingerless gloves, and warm jackets and jumpers in Winter.
Nova has 6 sites across Newcastle West and Lake Macquarie regions: Newcastle West Hub, Charlestown Hub, Westlake’s, Eastlakes and Trisha’s House women’s Refuges.
Newcastle West offers a veranda front handout of clothing, bed linen and blankets.
Charlestown Hub offers showers, food and a warm space in Winter for the women sleeping rough and regular drop-in centre for homeless women. They also support their local communities.
Fletcher is a young boy who visited our WBFE workshop last week with his Grandmother.
His Grandmother is one of our many wonderful volunteers.
Fletcher arrived and gave us $7.00 from his money box to help with people who need support and help. We were all so moved by this young man's story and kind actions
I have asked Fletcher if he would make us a Donation Box for our workshop.
Thank you Kay and your group of friends from Swansea who knit and crochet beautifully these donations.
Many children will be kept warm this coming winter with these warm clothes items.
Ina (right) heads up our group of volunteers knitters and crocheters. Ina crochets and colour coordinates our exquisite WBFE blankets.
If you are interested in joining these people working in their home or would like to offer much needed WOOL - please call Ina on 0412 494 850.
Ros and her team run the Staying Home and Leaving Violence Program. They assist women and families to stay in their homes by changing door and window locks and installing cameras, keeping these family safe and in their own homes.
Ros and her clients love receiving our blankets especially the crocheted ones.
Meet Brenda (left).
Brenda has been sewing blankets at home since mid 2020. Brenda lives close to Tonee who delivers kits of blankets to be sewn, and collects the beautifully completed blankets.
Cheryl (right) is one of our delivery drivers. We currently have three drivers offering their vehicles, petrol and time to drive our blankets and other goodies to the Refuges, homeless, people living in Cars and other community facilities.
Tonee saw Rob and Dan in their work van at the Nords Wharf local park. WBFE were desperate to have their kitchen hooked up at the WBFE workshop so Tonee asked Rob if he would help at no cost.
Rob and his young worker came to our assistance for FREE! How wonderful to find such generous people!
Please support Rob and his team - a young delightful hard working business.
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Paul (Sue's husband) is not only our Maintenance Manager at WBFE, he is also a former engineer with amazing sewing machine fixing ability.
Sue takes all the sewing machines donated to WBFE home for Paul to thoroughly inspect and repair.
Paul is our handy man, fixing and ensuring our workplace is safe and sound.
Ray is the caretaker of the grounds and buildings of Belmont Baptist Church. This quiet, lovely man is always making sure the volunteers are safe while keeping an eye on our workshop.
Ray has access to the workshop as often he will come across people sleeping rough, on the streets and shop fronts around the church. We leave clothing and blankets in our workshop for him to supply these people with what they need.
Rowena, Ray’s wife is a community worker and is known to walk into WBFE asking for items to help. For example: a single mum with a small baby who has just been put up in motel. The motel owner will not give them blankets or bedding because of Covid.
Or a lady she has just met living in a car. WBFE try to always keep on hand some extra items for these one-off’s from out of the blue.
Ray assists Brad Roach with the Belmont Community Care and is always happy to help Tonee and Sue with any of the heavy lifting.
Tonee and Sue held a 'thank you to our wonderful volunteers' Christmas party on 11 December 2020.
Volunteers were asked to come at set times to ensure COVID safety guidelines were adhered to. It was a wonderful day with volunteers meeting others; all with the same cause - helping their community.
Hope street Mayfield centre is a welcoming place for people living with disadvantages in the local community. It's where people can find hope and comfort, free food, warm clothing and blankets which WBFE supply for their male and female clients.
Tonee and Sue with Emma Holley, our Marketing Consultant at the 2020 Christmas Party.
Emma offers her weekend free time to create our very professional presentation.
She is the Marketing Director for Keolis Downer Hunter (Newcastle Transport), managing the marketing and customer experience for all the transport modes in the Newcastle area - Bus, Light rail, Ferry and On Demand services.
Emma’s commitment to WBFE is outstanding, saving us thousands of dollars, whilst always ensuring we have great presentation in our industry.
Each WBFE blanket is made with Love and Respect for the people they are going to be donated to.
We ensure they are always clean, smelling lovely and are of a standard we would accept ourselves.
Our volunteers enjoy what they do whether it is sewing, crocheting or knitting,
The care and love they contribute when making these blankets for others is our signature of the respect they hold for others in our community.
Margaret Barns, our Recycling Manager collects our off cuts and fabrics we can’t use and drives them to Survivor’s R Us or the Baptist Church in Boolaroo.
WBFE recycles every donation given, mostly we refurbish them into blankets or baby items to name a few. Whatever is left is either shared with other Charities or recycled, Margaret has been making these deliveries from our inception in 2020. She'll also collect recycling from Quirkey Quilters. Margaret does an outstanding job.
Di, who is an amazing person is only too happy to jump in and give Margaret a helping hand if needed.
Men and Women’s Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation program in Cessnock.
WHO’s Hunter Valley program is a 4 – 6 month residential drug free treatment program for Men and Women. Their capacity is 12 Females, 17 Males + 6 Transition Houses.
Cessnock is freezing in Winter and extremely hot in Summer. People usually arrive with next to nothing.
Pat Conroy (Federal Member for Shortland) is a great supporter of WBFE. Pat visited our workshop shortly after we moved in.
Pat also visited the Belmont Community Care kitchen where they prepare approximately 80 meals per week feeding the local community.
WBFE is noted for finding donations everywhere!
Tonee has been known to hop into skips and collecting bags from around her local Charity bin. Many of these so called Charity bins don’t get collected very often with the clothing inside either going to rubbish or overseas causing rubbish problems in many poorer nations.
Tonee has a large washing machine, always washing what she finds so they are fresh and clean to be passed on to the people who can use them.
It all began with sewing in our homes. Sue initially received many deliveries to her home and then began setting up socially distanced sewing teams of friends in her home.
Tonee gathered items from Sue’s place taking them to sort and store in her home filling two bedrooms.
Tonee also began sewing at home and making up kits on her dining room table for our volunteers to collect from Sue’s home.
The Glen was one of the very first community places we supported. Drug and Alcohol rehabilitation centres are not always recognised or fashionable as an outlet to support. It takes courage and hard work for these men to face their demons and rebuild their lives. These boys were overwhelmed with gratefulness, receiving clothes, blankets, pillowcases and towels. We also made them summer bed covers to brighten up their lives.
The boys stay in The Glen for 12 months rebuilding their lives ready to go back out into the community and families.
Belmont Community care came onboard with shampoo, tooth paste and oral cleaning kits, sheets and clothing.
Jim lets us know when they need items. They are a great team of men and boys.
Ross set up a long-term Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Centre in an old oyster barn in Swan Bay on the lake side. Often the men come straight from the courts to Swan Bay.
This christian based rehabilitation centre has an outstanding track record of turning mens lives around. The men are housed in small huts around the lake, grow their own vegetables and fish is plentiful. This is a great set up.
Brad and Ray from Belmont Community Care often deliver the items from WBFE; and BCC or Tonee delivers on her way to see her family in Old Bar.
Locally connected, globally committed to save and serve humanity through actions of love, compassion and generosity. Ross and the boys are always very grateful for what we send them.
Imad and Hiba are part of a large Lebanese’s Muslin Community. Since the early days of WBFE this family have collected many bags of clean clothing for all ages, blankets, sheets and towels. They have continued to support us so we can keep giving to our community. They are the most giving family, and we are so happy sharing our lives with them.
We are always needing more wool for our volunteer crochers and knitters.
These lovely ladies and men have given us some beautifully knitted and crochet blankets, beanies, scarves and a few jumpers.
These are some of the stars are: Ina, our wool manager and her friends. Sharon, who loves looking online for new and interesting designs. Karen and Christine, members of the Parkinson Group.
Karen, our resident house sitter, Glen, Kay and their friends in Swansea.
There are so many others who crochet and knit happily in their homes producing such a variety of lovely items for their community.
Finally the days came to move from Tonee and Sue's homes into our wonderful gift from Belmont Baptist Church - our own space to work and store our blankets and fabric. We share this space with Belmont Community Care. We enjoy a wonderful relationship with Brad and the Church services a growing number of outlets across many religions. We can’t thank the Church enough for their kindness.
Zonta Club of Hunter Newcastle distribute our goods to many of the Womens and Children refuges in the Newcastle and Lake Macquarie area.
-Wariga Ngurra Indigenous Refuge in Raymond Terrace
- Carries Place Refuge
- Eastlakes Refuge
- Jenny’s Place Refuge
- Westlake’s Refuge
-Trisha’s House Refuge
We are very appreciative of the support that the Zonta Club have given to WBFE.
Through service and advocacy, Zonta aims to improve the health, profession, legal, economic and political status of women and children both locally and internationally.
Trisha collects and delivers to the refuges which Zonta supports.
Wendy and Cheryl are our some of drivers, delivering our blankets and other goodies.
Brenda and Elizabeth are beautiful sewers, sewing for us from their homes.
We currently have 10 volunteer drivers: Wendy, Cheryl, Paul and Julie, Margaret , Maureen, Di, Ian, Peter and Neroli.
Macquarie Care run several projects which WBFE support:
Our Backyard, Cars to Home Project, Transitional Housing Care.
In 2021, Macquarie Care gave each resident moving into their new assisted accommodation a bucket full of household goodies with a WBFEBlanket.
In October 2021, they are currently seeing 5 new families a week and many more walk-ins being fed, showered and needing clothing.
Samaritan’s at Telarah have in their care approximately 300 young people with 20% young single mums with children and babies. Many are young people living on the street and couch surfing. They also run a disability home in Morisset; refuges for 12-15 years, 16–18 years and a women’s refuge with older children.
This outlet accepts clean and suitable items for babies, young children and adolescents – male and female clothing, blankets, king single sheet sets and towels.
WBFE held its first fundraiser, a Bunning BBQ at Bennetts Green. The day was very well organised by Sue and Paul Bardsley with lots of volunteers offering to assist. Even though the day was very hot it was an enjoyable and fun successful day.
In 2021, another successful Bunning BBQ was held this time at Kotara. Our volunteers Rebecca and Gunter Wett did an outstanding job raising much needed funds for WBFE.
Another fun day enjoyed by all who assisted.
Soul Cafe supply food, warm clothes and blankets for the homeless and needy.
WBFE donate dark blankets, beanies, socks, scarves, dark track pants, sleeping bags and of course, our WBFE blankets. Our coloured blankets are also given to the local Newcastle needy.
This mother and daughter team set up 'Quirky Quilters', making quilts for Wrapped with Love, Newcastle.
Together they have held a sewing group every Tuesday in the St Luke’s Hall in Belmont.
Many sewers gather together sewing and enjoying the wonderful friendships in a fun and relaxed environment.
QQ, give WBFE their fleece off cuts, fabrics and beautifully completed quilts which are given to the women in our community who need support.
The ladies also support Women’s Refuges, Zara’s Place and Mum’s Cottage.
The Belmont Baptist Church have been very generous and supportive of WBFE. Not only by providing us with our home to work and store our blankets, but also with their community members supplying WBFE with some fabric, sheets and blankets.
Members of the church have offered some assistance beginning with gift wrapping goodies for the needy for Christmas.