For over a decade, the ADRA Community Care Centre in Blacktown has been providing support to some of the most vulnerable people in Sydney’s western suburbs. Through individual and group counselling, food parcels, crisis relief, emergency housing and other tailored programs, the centre not only provides a safety net, but helps build stronger individuals and families for more resilient communities. The ADRA Community Care Centre provides services free of charge thanks to the numerous volunteers who give of their time and energy.
Phone number: 02 9622 7188
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On any given night in Australia 1 in 200 people are homeless
Each year 1 in 10 Australian’s rely on food relief
Every week, Charlie volunteers a day of his time as a counsellor at Blacktown, which provides insight into the difficulties many people face. “The hardest part of counselling I think is being with someone in their struggle,” Charlie says. “While there’s a real privilege and an honour in that, it can also be quite hard to see what someone is going through.” Charlie sees up to six clients a day: school children, the elderly, couples and singles. “People come in being honest, being genuine, being vulnerable,” Charlie says. “I feel like that gives you a real full experience of what it is to be a human and connect with another person.”