A FULL stomach and a chat can turn a bad day into a good one for lonely or disadvantaged people.
Warrnambool’s Anglicare has added a breakfast menu to its morning drop-in sessions to broaden its reach into the community.
“We started in mid-November and will continue brekky permanently if the need is there,” said Anglicare’s Warrnambool-based community development co-ordinator Louise Serra said.
“There’s a steadily growing patronage for our drop-in service which is becoming part of the daily routine for some people.
“Since it started in January 2010 there have been thousands of visits to the drop-in venue which is run by volunteers.
“It highlights needs in the community.”
Breakfast is served from 10am to 11.30am on Monday, Tuesday and Friday in the Anglican church hall kitchen area off Koroit Street.
Meanwhile, a proposed support group to help former prisoners settle back into their local community moved a step closer with a training session on Saturday in the hall.
About 10 volunteers attended a training session led by Anglican Justice Ministry senior chaplain Rob Ferguson and prisoner support chaplain Philip Gill.
Another training session will be held in January with the aim of launching a Warrnambool district branch of the Get Out For Good program.
“Most of those at Saturday’s session have had experience dealing with people in the justice system and have shown interest in wanting to do something about helping people settle back into the community,” Ms Serra said.
“It’s a voluntary program for people seeking assistance and we will work in association with the Justice Department.”