Funding boost for Dubbo refuges

Not-for-profit organisations delivering critical social services support to vulnerable people will receive a helping hand to assist with the ongoing impacts of the pandemic.

Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders said the NSW Government is providing $150,000 to Orana Support Service, allowing it to continue to deliver services to the most vulnerable members of our community.

“This funding will help ease the financial burden as we transition out of COVID-19 restrictions,” Mr Saunders said.

“The additional boost will help Orana Support Service adapt to unexpected changes and ensure the continuity of the important support they provide.”

The funding boost is part of the NSW Government’s $50 million Social Sector Support Fund, which is delivering a range of targeted financial assistance to organisations working across the social services and animal welfare sectors.

CEO of Orana Support Service Tina Reynolds said the funding will be a great boost.

“A lot of our furniture is dated, so we’ll use this funding to put new beds into the refuges, and purchase items like new sheets and linen,” Mrs Reynolds said.

“It’s really important to make sure our clients feel at home in the refuges, to help feel more relaxed and comfortable, and this funding will definitely help to achieve this.”

Minister for Families, Communities and Disability Services Alister Henskens said program would assist organisations to retain jobs, meet emergency needs and secure business continuity.

“The social services sector in NSW is incredibly diverse and includes organisations working across child and family services, domestic violence, homelessness, housing, and disability support,” Mr Henskens said.

More information about the Social Sector Support Fund is available here.

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