The Healthy Families, Healthy Community project is designed to support families in the Pitt Town area and, consequently, to improve community life for all. In particular, the project aims to prevent family breakdown and to assist struggling families by providing practical and therapeutic care, information on social issues and a reliable social and community network for families.
Anglican Aid has partnered with the Pitt Town Parish in developing a social enterprise, the Fig Tree Café, which is Pitt Town’s premiere coffee emporium, open from 9am every Saturday and Tuesday morning. Here you will find a warm friendly service, a wide variety of snacks and beverages, and a café location without equal in the Hawkesbury, boasting views all the way to the Blue Mountains. As a community hub people can meet and receive useful information and access to services. These include marriage courses, parenting courses, a mental illness support group and a budgeting course which uses the CAP money program template. Through the cafe, food assistance and hampers are also distributed to individuals and families in need.
The project also commits to teaching members of the church community the skills they need in order to be able to respond to local community needs. Currently, 26 trained volunteers assist with the running of the cafe, and a further 15 with other aspects of the HFHC project.
HFHC has organised home visits for a single father who was struggling to care for his disabled daughter, deal with his own pain management issues and make ends meet. The situation had left him housebound, feeling stressed and unable to cope with leaving the house. After a few visits and some food assistance to help him get by, the man accepted an invitation to come into the cafe on a Saturday and, later on, to come to church. The support provided by HFHC has given him the courage to seek professional support. He’s grateful for the help of HFHC, which has left him feeling more able to manage his health and stress levels.
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- Give thanks for the Pitt Town Anglican Community Church (PACC) as they have increased the awareness and capacity of the church congregation to respond to local needs and be more aware of the social support needs of families and individuals.
- Pray for Greg Peisley as he gives leadership to this project and the church family.
- Give thanks for the strong working relationship with Anglicare to provide counselling services at Pitt Town.
- Pray for the team as they work towards strengthening families, building community, aid with specialist supports and provide a ‘safe’ environment.