Health and Wellbeing

Wollongong Safe Haven

Wollongong Safe Haven officially opened its doors on Wednesday 26th May 2021.

See article for the Illawarra Mercury :New Safe Haven in Wollongong for people in suicidal distress to take refuge | Illawarra Mercury | Wollongong, NSW

This initiative has been made possible thanks to years of advocacy, leadership and much blood sweat & tears from grassroots lived experience members of the Collaborative who first came up with the innovative idea of having our own safe space in the Illawarra Shoalhaven.

Congratulation to lived experience members of the Collaborative Mark Ellis and Caitlin Kozman for securing roles with Safe Haven – Mark as Service Leader and Caitlin as Suicide Prevention Peer Worker.

Huge thanks to all those involved with the co-design and to STRIDE, ISLHD and lived experience members for your commitment and for making this dream a reality.

Please feel free to share this exciting news across your networks.


** NOTE: There will be 2 more seminars in the series:

August: Protecting Mental Health by Connecting to Nature, 25th August, 11-12:30pm

September: Protecting Mental Health with Sleep (date TBC)

Food Fairness Illawarra

Did you know at any given time, approximately 21,600 Illawarra residents face food insecurity, meaning they are not able to access food that meets their health and cultural needs?

Meanwhile, tonnes of edible food ends up in landfill every week from the food industry. Food Fairness Illawarra (FFI) is a community coalition that has worked together since 2005 to make healthy and sustainable food affordable and accessible for all.

Their current campaign is calling on all Illawarra (food) businesses to start donating their surplus food to feed people and fight food waste. Saving quality excess food will not only save the environment and reduce waste disposal costs, but greatly assist the people in our community that need it!

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