Camden Matters with Peter Sidgreaves: Big Yellow Umbrella

During the COVID-19 pandemic, many people in our communities have faced illness, financial insecurity, isolation and many more hardships that we don't know about.

Amongst all of this, though, we have seen and heard of the wonderful support being provided to members of our community by individuals and organisations.

As we look to recover from COVID-19, it has been so uplifting to hear how we helped one another through this. Just one of the many organisations who is making a difference to the Camden community during this time is the Big Yellow Umbrella (BYU).

They have offered food relief, advice, information and referral for homelessness, domestic violence support, over the phone youth case management, over the phone crisis support, community welfare connection calls, over the phone parenting support and the Book BUS Program to ensure children have access to early literature information.

BYU's Food Relief program has gone from 30 regular families per week to over 60 families needing support. BYU has met the challenge by partnering with OZ Harvest for food.

They are innovative and are meeting community demand as part of their Strategic Plan. The BYU vision is to build and support inclusive, cohesive and emerging communities across South West Sydney and they are very proud of their work, as am I. The Big Yellow Umbrella has done our community extremely proud during this time.

For support, to offer support or for more information on Big Yellow Umbrella, please go to www.yellowumbrella.org.au