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Unique partnership boosts COVID economic recovery

By Nicole Bray, Share Shed Inc co-founder

L-R: Moorooka Ward Councillor Steve Griffiths, first Belong gift membership recipient Liz Woods and Share Shed Co-Founder Nicole Bray

Share Shed Inc, Brisbane’s first Library of Things, and Belong, a prominent community organisation operating across Brisbane’s Southside, have teamed up in a unique way to provide access to much needed goods for families doing it tough due to COVID-19.

The idea is to encourage people to pay-it-forward and donate an annual Share Shed membership to those in need, with Belong then distributing the donated memberships to families who could benefit from access to hundreds of useful items for free.

The initiative is a double win for the community - providing free access to Share

Shed’s range of items for those who really need a hand while financially

supporting Share Shed to stay open and continue to support the community

during tough times.

Share Shed President Sue Howie is particularly pleased with the response so far.

“Share Shed wants to be here for our community when COVID is over, and we

are pleased to have found a win-win way to achieve that by fulfilling the needs of

others at this unprecedented time.”

“Share Shed is a not-for-profit incorporated association, 100% run by volunteers, but that also makes us ineligible for any government support packages. This initiative is really critical for us to show our community we're here for the long haul."

L-R: Share Shed President Sue Howie, Councillor Steve Griffiths, gift membership recipient Liz Woods

Belong Director, Trish Cattermole says that Share Shed’s new initiative will help ease the pressures faced by financially stressed families in Brisbane’s south.

“We currently work with dozens of families whose lifestyle opportunities are

severely restricted by their limited incomes. At worst, we witness the very difficult

compromises faced by families as they work to stretch their limited resources.

People may forego vital medicines in order to put food on the table, or vice versa."

“We’re thrilled to be part of this new approach which will not only ease the

pressures on people’s hip pockets, but will also allow people to get involved in a

wide array of activities courtesy of Share Shed’s diverse and every growing

catalogue of things,” she said.

Councillor Steve Griffiths has commended the two community organisations' for their collaborative approach and looks forward to seeing the initiative grow.

You can donate a membership to a family or community organisation in need online.

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