Help to warm up battlers

WITH numbers of homeless residents and struggling families growing in the last year and exacerbated recently with the onset of chilly winter, Padstow Community Care is battling to keep up with the demand for blankets, food and support to pay power bills.

Donate cash to Winter Appeal

Launching its Winter Appeal for cash donations which are fully tax deductible, manager Grant Heslop says funds will be used to pay for subsidised food, like pull top tins of soup, baked beans and spaghetti, from Foodbank and cheap yet quality heaters from the Good Guys in Bankstown, as well as blankets.
“We will then sort the goods into winter hampers and distribute to whom we identify as needing that extra bit of help over the colder months and also offer counselling,” Grant explained, adding that the rise in homelessness in the local area was very concerning.
“A lot of the homeless are hidden as if they’re not sleeping in their cars, they are heading into the city at night and sleeping with larger homeless groups for safety but then come back out here during the day.
“The jump in electricity prices has also hit very hard, impacting on almost everyone.
“Some of the homeless have lost their accommodation for whatever reason, others are on the run to escape debt or after a relationship breakdown; your generosity will be the source of warmth for many families and individuals that are struggling to survive this winter.”
Donations can be made at or visit the store, 23 Cahors Road, Padstow.