Byron Community Centre

Byron Community Centre

http://www.byroncentre.com.au/
The Byron Community Centre is at the heart of Byron Bay… hosting a wide range of community events, promoting the arts and providing essential community services for families and the most vulnerable people in our community.

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The Byron Markets are a crucial income stream for the Community Centre and local charities. At every Byron Community Market, markets management provides two local charities with the opportunity to raise funds for their good cause. In 2019, local charities were able to raise $12649 at the monthly Community Markets.  🙌

Unfortunately, due to the current health crisis, the markets are paused until further notice. For more information and updates visit www.byroncentre.com.au.

Follow @byron_markets and never miss a market. Visit https://byroncentre.com.au/annual-reports/ for more information on how we did in 2019.

The Byron Markets are a crucial income stream for the Community Centre and local charities. At every Byron Community Market, markets management provides two local charities with the opportunity to raise funds for their good cause. In 2019, local charities were able to raise $12649 at the monthly Community Markets. 🙌

Unfortunately, due to the current health crisis, the markets are paused until further notice. For more information and updates visit www.byroncentre.com.au.

Follow @byron_markets and never miss a market. Visit byroncentre.com.au/annual-reports/ for more information on how we did in 2019.
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2 weeks ago

Urgent: Volunteers needed at The Shift Program!

The Shift Program is urgently looking for 4 female kitchen hands/hospitality staff from 9.30-2.30 at the Bangalow Historical Society.

Volunteers would be working with women re-entering the workplace.  

For further details and available days please contact The Shift Program directly. 

Margo: support@shiftproject.org.au
Celeste: admin@shiftproject.org.au  
Anne: anne@shiftproject.org.au  

Please share this post. Thank you for your support!

Urgent: Volunteers needed at The Shift Program!

The Shift Program is urgently looking for 4 female kitchen hands/hospitality staff from 9.30-2.30 at the Bangalow Historical Society.

Volunteers would be working with women re-entering the workplace.

For further details and available days please contact The Shift Program directly.

Margo: support@shiftproject.org.au
Celeste: admin@shiftproject.org.au
Anne: anne@shiftproject.org.au

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2 weeks ago

Dear valued volunteers, visitors and clients,

The health and well-being of our staff, volunteers, visitors, clients and the local community are of the utmost importance to us. Therefore, Centre Management has implemented some changes which are in line with NSW Health recommendations.

Please take note of the following changes:

🔸 Homeless Breakfast and Showers for our most vulnerable clients will continue with increased hygiene protocols, and a scaled-down service requiring fewer volunteers and staff.

🔸 Take-away options are encouraged and frozen meals are available from the Fletcher St kitchen between 12:30-1:30 on Tues, Wed and Fri.

🔸 The Volunteer Hub will continue with telephone interviews only.

🔸 All seniors activities have been suspended.

🔸 Staff have been encouraged to work from home where possible, and volunteer shifts have been reduced in size and frequency.

🔸 Outreach services, such as Social Futures, My Momentum, No Interest Loans will continue at the discretion of the service provider.

🔸 Liberation Larder continues on Mondays and Thursdays with increased hygiene protocols and a take-away focus.

We can assure you that Centre management is closely monitoring the COVID -19 situation and will act promptly on any updated advice from the Australian Government Department of Health. 

Please ensure you check our website and familiarise yourself with all updates https://byroncentre.com.au/  

The most important thing is not to panic. The Government are making radical decisions to lessen the burden on the health care system. If everyone does their part, we can greatly slow the virus transmission rates and help those most vulnerable.

Thank you for your support. Please stay safe and healthy in these turbulent times.

Dear valued volunteers, visitors and clients,

The health and well-being of our staff, volunteers, visitors, clients and the local community are of the utmost importance to us. Therefore, Centre Management has implemented some changes which are in line with NSW Health recommendations.

Please take note of the following changes:

🔸 Homeless Breakfast and Showers for our most vulnerable clients will continue with increased hygiene protocols, and a scaled-down service requiring fewer volunteers and staff.

🔸 Take-away options are encouraged and frozen meals are available from the Fletcher St kitchen between 12:30-1:30 on Tues, Wed and Fri.

🔸 The Volunteer Hub will continue with telephone interviews only.

🔸 All seniors activities have been suspended.

🔸 Staff have been encouraged to work from home where possible, and volunteer shifts have been reduced in size and frequency.

🔸 Outreach services, such as Social Futures, My Momentum, No Interest Loans will continue at the discretion of the service provider.

🔸 Liberation Larder continues on Mondays and Thursdays with increased hygiene protocols and a take-away focus.

We can assure you that Centre management is closely monitoring the COVID -19 situation and will act promptly on any updated advice from the Australian Government Department of Health.

Please ensure you check our website and familiarise yourself with all updates byroncentre.com.au/

The most important thing is not to panic. The Government are making radical decisions to lessen the burden on the health care system. If everyone does their part, we can greatly slow the virus transmission rates and help those most vulnerable.

Thank you for your support. Please stay safe and healthy in these turbulent times.
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3 weeks ago

Renovation works on the BCC building are in full swing. For this exciting project, we partnered up with the wonderful design team of @whitewood.agency. The new-look will increase the buildings presence on Jonson St and also put the @byrontheatre in the spotlight! We cant wait to reveal the new look to the public. 
Read more about the refurbishment on our blog https://byroncentre.com.au/the-bcc-building-receives-a-face-lift-this-march/

📷The photo shows the BCC building in Art Deco style in 1939

Renovation works on the BCC building are in full swing. For this exciting project, we partnered up with the wonderful design team of @whitewood.agency. The new-look will increase the buildings' presence on Jonson St and also put the @byrontheatre in the spotlight! We can't wait to reveal the new look to the public.
Read more about the refurbishment on our blog byroncentre.com.au/the-bcc-building-receives-a-face-lift-this-march/

📷The photo shows the BCC building in Art Deco style in 1939
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3 weeks ago

This is a fantastic opportunity offered by the Northern Rivers Large Grants Program 2020. 

For the second year running, the Northern Rivers Large Grants Program 2020 invites Northern Rivers social and environmental not-for-profits with DGR status to apply for a grant between $10,000 and $30,000. 

The total funding pool also includes a $10,000 ‘Employee Funded Grant’ created by the permanent team at Stone & Wood, who substituted their monthly carton allowance with a cash donation to the inGrained Foundation to raise the money.

For more information, please visit https://www.ingrainedfoundation.com.au/grants-program

This is a fantastic opportunity offered by the Northern Rivers Large Grants Program 2020.

For the second year running, the Northern Rivers Large Grants Program 2020 invites Northern Rivers social and environmental not-for-profits with DGR status to apply for a grant between $10,000 and $30,000.

The total funding pool also includes a $10,000 ‘Employee Funded Grant’ created by the permanent team at Stone & Wood, who substituted their monthly carton allowance with a cash donation to the inGrained Foundation to raise the money.

For more information, please visit www.ingrainedfoundation.com.au/grants-program
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3 weeks ago

Join us for our International Womens Day lunch on 12th March to support our Hidden Women of Byron Bay.

Your ticket includes:
A Welcome Drink
Canapés
Banquet Lunch
Live Music
Inspiring Speakers &
A donation to the Byron Community Centre for our recently launched womens program.

We will be holding a raffle on the day with prizes generously donated by Spell, Balloons Aloft and Byron at Byron. 

Get your ticket today at www.byronbaychamber.com/IWD2020

This event is proudly hosted by @beefandbeach, @byronbaychamber
and @byroncommunitycentre. 

📷 @beefandbeach

Join us for our International Women's Day lunch on 12th March to support our Hidden Women of Byron Bay.

Your ticket includes:
A Welcome Drink
Canapés
Banquet Lunch
Live Music
Inspiring Speakers &
A donation to the Byron Community Centre for our recently launched women's program.

We will be holding a raffle on the day with prizes generously donated by Spell, Balloons Aloft and Byron at Byron.

Get your ticket today at www.byronbaychamber.com/IWD2020

This event is proudly hosted by @beefandbeach, @byronbaychamber
and @byroncommunitycentre.

📷 @beefandbeach
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4 weeks ago

In 2019, our unique @byrontheatre sold a whooping 24350 tickets - 7000 tickets more than in 2018. Woohoo! That’s a lot of happy customers!

Follow @byrontheatre and never miss a show. For more information about the Byron Bay Community Association and our not for profit social enterprise model, go to https://byroncentre.com.au/annual-reports/

In 2019, our unique @byrontheatre sold a whooping 24350 tickets - 7000 tickets more than in 2018. Woohoo! That’s a lot of happy customers!

Follow @byrontheatre and never miss a show. For more information about the Byron Bay Community Association and our not for profit social enterprise model, go to byroncentre.com.au/annual-reports/
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4 weeks ago

The Byron Community Centre is a proud supporter of @sharethedignityaustralia and will be a collection point for your donations in the Dignity Drive March 2020.

Please support this amazing cause by donating pads, maternity pads, incontinence pads, new reusable pads, tampons, period-proof underwear and menstrual cups. 

You can drop off your donations during business hours from Monday - Friday, 10am - 4pm at 69 Jonson St. between 1st and 31st March. 

When you donate sanitary products to Share The Dignity, you’re donating to a charity that directly supports women in need. You’re giving a woman experiencing homelessness or financial crisis the essentials, so she doesn’t need to choose between food and dignity. The idea that women around the country are using socks or toilet paper instead of sanitary items needs to change and we need your help.

Next time you’re doing your shopping, keep in mind: one box for me, one box for her.

The Byron Community Centre is a proud supporter of @sharethedignityaustralia and will be a collection point for your donations in the Dignity Drive March 2020.

Please support this amazing cause by donating pads, maternity pads, incontinence pads, new reusable pads, tampons, period-proof underwear and menstrual cups.

You can drop off your donations during business hours from Monday - Friday, 10am - 4pm at 69 Jonson St. between 1st and 31st March.

When you donate sanitary products to Share The Dignity, you’re donating to a charity that directly supports women in need. You’re giving a woman experiencing homelessness or financial crisis the essentials, so she doesn’t need to choose between food and dignity. The idea that women around the country are using socks or toilet paper instead of sanitary items needs to change and we need your help.

Next time you’re doing your shopping, keep in mind: one box for me, one box for her.
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4 weeks ago

We want to share this great opportunity with other organisations in the region. The Northern Rivers Large Grants Program 2020 is kicking off on Thursday 12 March with $100,000 funding available for local not-for-profits!  

For the second year running, the Northern Rivers Large Grants Program 2020 invites Northern Rivers social and environmental not-for-profits with DGR status to apply for a grant between $10,000 and $30,000. 

The total funding pool also includes a $10,000 ‘Employee Funded Grant’ created by the permanent team at Stone & Wood, who substituted their monthly carton allowance with a cash donation to the inGrained Foundation to raise the money.

For more information, please visit https://www.ingrainedfoundation.com.au/

We want to share this great opportunity with other organisations in the region. The Northern Rivers Large Grants Program 2020 is kicking off on Thursday 12 March with $100,000 funding available for local not-for-profits!

For the second year running, the Northern Rivers Large Grants Program 2020 invites Northern Rivers social and environmental not-for-profits with DGR status to apply for a grant between $10,000 and $30,000.

The total funding pool also includes a $10,000 ‘Employee Funded Grant’ created by the permanent team at Stone & Wood, who substituted their monthly carton allowance with a cash donation to the inGrained Foundation to raise the money.

For more information, please visit www.ingrainedfoundation.com.au/
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1 month ago

Have you booked your tickets yet for our next event? 

Join us on 12th March for an international Womens Day lunch supporting hidden woman of Byron Bay.

This event is hosted by @byronbaychamber @beefandbeach @byroncommunitycentre 

Your ticket includes a Welcome Drink, Canapes, Banquet Lunch and a donation to the Byron Community Centre for our recently launched womens program. 

Visit byronbaychamber.com/IWD to book your seat.

Have you booked your tickets yet for our next event?

Join us on 12th March for an international Women's Day lunch supporting hidden woman of Byron Bay.

This event is hosted by @byronbaychamber @beefandbeach @byroncommunitycentre

Your ticket includes a Welcome Drink, Canapes, Banquet Lunch and a donation to the Byron Community Centre for our recently launched women's program.

Visit byronbaychamber.com/IWD to book your seat.
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1 month ago

Channel 7 News reported on our Severe Wet Weather Shelter which we ran earlier this month when heavy rain and flooding hit the Byron Shire. Thank you Liberation Larder Inc for supporting this essential project by providing nutritious dinners and breakfast to our community members. ... Read MoreSee Less

1 month ago

We received some encouraging feedback about our Severe Weather Shelter and want to share it with you. 

Michelle recently attended the Uniting Church Shelter and says: Thank you for the time spent. Much appreciation to the team and support. I felt safe amongst friends. I would like to see other shelters [like this], so we can take it from there to think about what else we need to do. Many thanks, Michelle. Thank you, Michelle, for your kind words. 

During the recent severe weather events in Byron Bay, we ran the shelter for 11 consecutive nights, a total of 50 people registered for a bed and 45 people ended up staying at least for one night some stayed for 10 nights. Running the Severe Wet Weather Shelter is a team effort, and we want to thank everyone who tirelessly helped us organise and run this project. 

If you want to support this project, please donate via our website https://byroncentre.com.au/community/wet-weather-shelter-project/.

Thank you for your support, it is much appreciated.

We received some encouraging feedback about our Severe Weather Shelter and want to share it with you.

Michelle recently attended the Uniting Church Shelter and says: "Thank you for the time spent. Much appreciation to the team and support. I felt safe amongst friends. I would like to see other shelters [like this], so we can take it from there to think about what else we need to do. Many thanks, Michelle." Thank you, Michelle, for your kind words.

During the recent severe weather events in Byron Bay, we ran the shelter for 11 consecutive nights, a total of 50 people registered for a bed and 45 people ended up staying at least for one night some stayed for 10 nights. Running the Severe Wet Weather Shelter is a team effort, and we want to thank everyone who tirelessly helped us organise and run this project.

If you want to support this project, please donate via our website byroncentre.com.au/community/wet-weather-shelter-project/.

Thank you for your support, it is much appreciated.
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1 month ago

Our seniors activities continue to be very popular. In 2019, our Elder Beats drumming group welcomed an average of 35 people every week followed by a colourful morning tea. We also offer chair yoga, the Bay Singers choir and a ukulele class. 

Contact us today to join our fun activities https://byroncentre.com.au/community/seniors-activities/

For more information on our performance in 2019, see our annual report https://byroncentre.com.au/annual-reports/

Our seniors' activities continue to be very popular. In 2019, our "Elder Beats" drumming group welcomed an average of 35 people every week followed by a colourful morning tea. We also offer chair yoga, the Bay Singers choir and a ukulele class.

Contact us today to join our fun activities byroncentre.com.au/community/seniors-activities/

For more information on our performance in 2019, see our annual report byroncentre.com.au/annual-reports/
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1 month ago

Thank you very much Byron Shire Council for your generous donation to our Byron Shire Seniors' Festival and thank you to everyone who joined us and made this event extra special. 💕 ... Read MoreSee Less

1 month ago

Join us for an International Womens Day lunch supporting our hidden women of Byron Bay. The lunch is hosted by @beefandbeach  and the @byronbaychamber 
Did you know that middle-aged and older single women are the fastest-growing category of people experiencing homelessness?

Domestic violence, isolation, poor mental health, children leaving the family home and the economic effects of this are key factors. Many of these women are sleeping in their cars, makeshift camps, or in unsuitable and dangerous accommodation.

Together, we are raising funds to help these women. Please support us, get your ticket today!

Join us for an International Women's Day lunch supporting our hidden women of Byron Bay. The lunch is hosted by @beefandbeach and the @byronbaychamber
Did you know that middle-aged and older single women are the fastest-growing category of people experiencing homelessness?

Domestic violence, isolation, poor mental health, children leaving the family home and the economic effects of this are key factors. Many of these women are sleeping in their cars, makeshift camps, or in unsuitable and dangerous accommodation.

Together, we are raising funds to help these women. Please support us, get your ticket today!
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1 month ago

Come along and celebrate Seniors' Week with us at the Byron Community Centre. Watch the video for more information and share this post with everyone! ... Read MoreSee Less

2 months ago

From 17th - 21st February, we are celebrating our Seniors Festival here at the Byron Community Centre. Join us for Morning Tea, a movie, mindful conversations and lots of fun and laughter. ⁠

From 17th - 21st February, we are celebrating our Seniors Festival here at the Byron Community Centre. Join us for Morning Tea, a movie, mindful conversations and lots of fun and laughter. ⁠ ... Read MoreSee Less

2 months ago

Our annual Seniors’ Festival is back in February 2020. From 17th to 21st of February we offer a range of activities here at the Byron Community Centre. Please join us for a week of fun, laughter and community. Visit our website for more information https://byroncentre.com.au/byron-shire-seniors-festival-2020/

Our annual Seniors’ Festival is back in February 2020. From 17th to 21st of February we offer a range of activities here at the Byron Community Centre. Please join us for a week of fun, laughter and community. Visit our website for more information byroncentre.com.au/byron-shire-seniors-festival-2020/ ... Read MoreSee Less

2 months ago

In 2019, the Byron Markets team organised and ran 46 markets. 

The Byron Markets showcase the grass-roots of the Northern Rivers creative heart to all who visit here. Amidst
the dynamic and lively atmosphere at each market, we find new ideas, new products, and alternative ways of
being. As part of this, Byron Markets is committed to supporting local residents in the establishment of their business enterprises and gives preference to local stallholders who make, bake, sew or grow what they sell. 

Follow @byron_markets and never miss a market in town! Visit https://byroncentre.com.au/annual-reports/ for more information on the Byron Bay Community Association.

In 2019, the Byron Markets team organised and ran 46 markets.

The Byron Markets showcase the grass-roots of the Northern Rivers creative heart to all who visit here. Amidst
the dynamic and lively atmosphere at each market, we find new ideas, new products, and alternative ways of
being. As part of this, Byron Markets is committed to supporting local residents in the establishment of their business enterprises and gives preference to local stallholders who make, bake, sew or grow what they sell.

Follow @byron_markets and never miss a market in town! Visit byroncentre.com.au/annual-reports/ for more information on the Byron Bay Community Association.
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2 months ago

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2 months ago

Now, this is something to get excited about! Our annual Seniors Festival is back in February 2020 💕⁠
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Please have a look at the program and join us for a week of fun, laughter and community. ⁠
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Help us spread the word by sharing this post and letting everyone know about it.

Now, this is something to get excited about! Our annual Seniors Festival is back in February 2020 💕⁠

Please have a look at the program and join us for a week of fun, laughter and community. ⁠

Help us spread the word by sharing this post and letting everyone know about it.
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2 months ago

Now, this is something to get excited about! Our annual Seniors Festival is back in February 2020 💕⁠
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Please have a look at the program and join us for a week of fun, laughter and community. ⁠
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Help us spread the word by sharing this post and letting everyone know about it.

Now, this is something to get excited about! Our annual Seniors Festival is back in February 2020 💕⁠

Please have a look at the program and join us for a week of fun, laughter and community. ⁠

Help us spread the word by sharing this post and letting everyone know about it.
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Seniors' Festival 2020 - Come along and celebrate Seniors' Week with us at the Byron Community Centre. Watch the video for more information and share this post with everyone!

Seniors' Festival 2020

Come along and celebrate Seniors' Week with u...

Summer is here! - Summer is here! We're looking forward to our summer markets and events, like Soul St NYE and First Sun NYD Byron Bay - Byron's fantastic New Year's eve party followed by Byron's unique New Year's Day yoga and meditation event. What are you looking forward to this summer?

Summer is here!

Summer is here! We're looking forward to our ...

It's Friday - Thank god it's Friday! What are your plans for the weekend?

It's Friday

Thank god it's Friday! What are your plans fo...

TGIF - It's summer and it's Friday! Wishing you all a fantastic end to the week.

TGIF

It's summer and it's Friday! Wishing you...

Human Rights Day - Today is Human Rights Day. 
Human rights are our basic rights or freedoms. They include our right to live, our right to health, education, freedom of speech and thoughts, and equal rights. Let's work together to proctect our own rights and those of others. We can take action in our own daily lives to uphold the rights that protect us all and to promote the kinship of all human beings. #StandUp4HumanRights @United Nations Human Rights

Human Rights Day

Today is Human Rights Day. Human rights are our b...

We want to extend a big THANK YOU to everyone who joined our appreciation event on Tuesday, 19th December at the Byron Community Centre. 

We were overjoyed to welcome over 100 supporters to this special occasion. This event aimed to celebrate you, our valued supporters, as you are essential to the Centre. 

Special thanks go to Stone & Wood Brewing, Brookie's Gin and the fantastic band JaFFer who generously supported this event and made it extra amazing.

So again, thank you very much for everything you do for the Byron Community Centre through time, money and goods. We hope to continue the good work together in the future.

We want to extend a big THANK YOU to everyone who ...

It's National Others Week! Let's celebrate the power of kindness together and use this week to notice the needs of others and show kindness to the people around us. #kindnessiscontagious

It's National Others Week! Let's celebra...

Happy World Vegan Day - Happy World Vegan everyone!

Happy World Vegan Day

Happy World Vegan everyone!

Competition time! Go to our blog for more details and how to participate! https://byroncentre.com.au/get-online-week/ 

It's 'Get Online Week' this week from 14 - 20 October 💻 Get Online Week is an international campaign with over 1000 events taking place across Australia and the UK. As part of this international event, we are sending out our Be Connected program to residential care facilities and to residents who cannot make it to the BCC to deliver one on one computer tuition seasons. ☺

The Byron Community Centre is excited to announce that we will be running a competition as part of this international event and in connection with Be Connected. Simply complete as many courses as possible on the Be Connected Learning portal during 'Get Online Week' and be a winner!
Make sure to participate because we have fantastic prizes to win! The competition is open to everyone who is registered through our ‘Be Connected’ learning portal. 

For more information go to our blog: https://byroncentre.com.au/get-online-week/ 
#getonlineweekAU #getonlineweek2019 #beconnected

Competition time! Go to our blog for more details ...

Take control of your digital device and make the internet your own. The Byron Community Centre and Be Connected are holding an all day event for people over 55 who need help with their phones, tablets or laptops. Drop in and learn about your devices, the internet, and everything in between. Stay on touch with friends and family, find new hobbies, explore the world and learn new things. 
A team of tutors will be available for a chat on Wednesday 28th August, anytime between 10:30am - 3:30pm.

Take control of your digital device and make the i...

Wet Weather Shelter 2019 - We would like to share the following update with you. 

On 28th March 2019, we successfully ran the Wet Weather Shelter project for the first time as we were expecting 25ml of rain according to the forecast and considering the dreary rainy day we experienced the day before. 

11 men registered with 4 attending 
8 women registered with 5 attending

A king-single camp bed, bedding, a hot meal at night and a continental breakfast was provided. The night progressed peacefully with 9 people experiencing a safe and comfortable sleep in the shelter.

We are calling this event a "Dry Run" because, contrary to the forecast, it actually didn't rain that night. We have learnt a lot from this "Dry Run"; the concept, operation, procedures and policies work!

The next time we open the Extreme Wet Weather Shelter will definitely be during an Extreme Weather Event as the project was intended and funded; it won't be opened just in rainy weather.

However, the number of registrations and attendees at the shelter when it was not actually raining, highlights the need for the provision of shelter for rough sleepers in our area.

Wet Weather Shelter 2019

We would like to share the following update with y...

Byron Twilight Market - Today is our last Byron Bay Twilight Market before the winter break. So don't miss out and join us tonight at Railway Park when we celebrate a successful Twilight Market season 2018/19. Have a wander around our iconic boutique market, discover beautiful hand-crafted artisan products and enjoy a delicious dinner from one of our fabulous food vendors. See you later at the market 💛

👉 Saturday 27th April @ Railway Park, Jonson St, Byron Bay, 4 - 9pm.

Byron Twilight Market

Today is our last Byron Bay Twilight Market before...

Soul Street 2018 - Flashback to Soul Street 2018!

Soul Street 2018

Flashback to Soul Street 2018!

The Coffee BOX - Our cute The Coffee Box 😍 Pick up a cup of coffee next time you're in town or pay one forward for a less fortunate person. We're located at 69 Jonson, Byron Bay between the Byron Community Centre and the Post Office. ☕

The Coffee BOX

Our cute The Coffee Box 😍 Pick up a cup of coff...

Seniors Day - A little throwback to our Seniors Expo and Festival earlier this year in February. The day offered a lot of useful information and support for our local seniors. Please get in touch with Pippy on seniors@byroncentre.com.au if you're interested in more seniors' activities and events here at the Byron Community Centre. 💗

Seniors Day

A little throwback to our Seniors Expo and Festiva...

Seniors Festival and Expo - Flashback to our Seniors Festival and Expo two months ago. It was an amazing day filled with fantastic workshops, informative talks and lots of fun and laughter. We want to say Thank You again to everyone who participated and attended the event an contributed to its success. 😍

Seniors Festival and Expo

Flashback to our Seniors Festival and Expo two mon...

Studio 55 by Public Act Theatre - Now that looks like a lot of fun! 👉  Studio 55 by Public Act Theatre This workshop takes place every Thursday at the Byron Community Centre. Contact Public Act Theatre for more information. 
 
Fabulous video by Chris Knowles.

Studio 55 by Public Act Theatre

Now that looks like a lot of fun! 👉 Studio 55 ...

Seniors activities at the Byron Community Centre - Do you love singing and are looking for a choir in town? Why don't you join our weekly choir here at the Byron Community Centre. The choir is led by Kim Banffy and offers a fun and inclusive way to come and sing together. For more information visit www.byroncentre.com.au/community/seniors-activities/

Seniors activities at the Byron Community Centre

Do you love singing and are looking for a choir in...

Senior activities at the BCC - Did you know that we offer a variety of fun and enriching activities for seniors, like drumming, a choir and chair yoga at the BCC? Connect with people from your community and try new things. For more information go to www.byroncentre.com.au/community/seniors-activities/

Senior activities at the BCC

Did you know that we offer a variety of fun and en...

Seniors' Festival and Expo - "Who said reaching the age of retirement had to be boring? The 2019 seniors’ expo certainly challenged that assumption! The seniors’ expo shone a light on our golden years and has potentially redefined the age of senior-ism (totally not a word but sounds like it certainly should be) as our days of glory and something for the younger generations to LOOK FORWARD TO. In one word, the 2019 seniors expo was sen(ior)-sational."

Read the full summary of our first Seniors' Festival and Expo in our blog https://byroncentre.com.au/sensational-seniors-expo/ 

Fantastic video by Chris Knowles

Seniors' Festival and Expo

"Who said reaching the age of retirement had ...

Seniors Festival & Expo 2019 - Our first Seniors' Festival & Expo was a phenomenal success. The BCC was filled with inspiring people, positive energy and lots of laughter. A big thank you goes to all the participants, stall holders, sponsors and everyone who was involved!

Video credit: Chris Knowles

Seniors Festival & Expo 2019

Our first Seniors' Festival & Expo was a ...

Byron Community Markets - The Byron Community Market is on today, come to the Butler St Reserve for a relaxed day out with live music, great local and imported products and delicious food.
As part of our not for profit social enterprise, all funds raised from stallholder fees will go straight back into community projects and events. By visiting the markets and buying from local artisans you are supporting a good cause and local businesses. Thank you for tote support 💕. 
The Byron Community Market takes place every first Sunday of the month from 8am-3pm at the Butler St Reserve.

Video credit Chris Knowles

Byron Community Markets

The Byron Community Market is on today, come to th...

Byron Theatre ushers - Are you looking to get involved in your local Theatre? The Byron Theatre is always looking for ushers and volunteers to help out. If that's you enquire today and join our volunteer team at the Byron Theatre. https://byroncentre.com.au/volunteers/volunteer-application-form/

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Bay Singers - Seniors' Choir - "When people join their voices in song, [...] they're also joining their hearts.' Beautiful words from Kim Banffy who leads our Seniors' Choir. 

Come along to our Seniors Festival and Expo this Tuesday (19 Feb) and enjoy a live performance by the Bay Singers at 3.15pm. 

The Byron Shire Seniors Festival & Expo takes place Tuesday 19 Feb at the Byron Community Centre from 10am - 4pm. Don't miss out!! 

This is a free event.

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Elder Beats - Seniors' Drumming Circle - Are you joining us this Tuesday (19 Feb) for our first Seniors Festival & Expo here at the Byron Community Centre? The festival will start at 10am with Welcome to the Country followed by our spectacular Drumming Circle, Chair Yoga, empowering talks and workshops and so much more. 
Don't miss out and come along. 

Go to our website for more information and the full program:
https://byroncentre.com.au/the-byron-shire-seniors-festival-expo/

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The Byron Markets are a crucial income stream for the Community Centre and local charities. At every Byron Community Market, markets management provides two local charities with the opportunity to raise funds for their good cause. In 2019, local charities were able to raise $12649 at the monthly Community Markets.  🙌

Unfortunately, due to the current health crisis, the markets are paused until further notice. For more information and updates visit www.byroncentre.com.au.

Follow @byron_markets and never miss a market. Visit https://byroncentre.com.au/annual-reports/ for more information on how we did in 2019.
Urgent: Volunteers needed at The Shift Program!

The Shift Program is urgently looking for 4 female kitchen hands/hospitality staff from 9.30-2.30 at the Bangalow Historical Society.

Volunteers would be working with women re-entering the workplace.  

For further details and available days please contact The Shift Program directly. 

Margo: support@shiftproject.org.au
Celeste: admin@shiftproject.org.au  
Anne: anne@shiftproject.org.au  

Please share this post. Thank you for your support!
Dear valued volunteers, visitors and clients,

The health and well-being of our staff, volunteers, visitors, clients and the local community are of the utmost importance to us. Therefore, Centre Management has implemented some changes which are in line with NSW Health recommendations.

Please take note of the following changes:

🔸 Homeless Breakfast and Showers for our most vulnerable clients will continue with increased hygiene protocols, and a scaled-down service requiring fewer volunteers and staff.

🔸 Take-away options are encouraged and frozen meals are available from the Fletcher St kitchen between 12:30-1:30 on Tues, Wed and Fri.

🔸 The Volunteer Hub will continue with telephone interviews only.

🔸 All seniors activities have been suspended.

🔸 Staff have been encouraged to work from home where possible, and volunteer shifts have been reduced in size and frequency.

🔸 Outreach services, such as Social Futures, My Momentum, No Interest Loans will continue at the discretion of the service provider.

🔸 Liberation Larder continues on Mondays and Thursdays with increased hygiene protocols and a take-away focus.

We can assure you that Centre management is closely monitoring the COVID -19 situation and will act promptly on any updated advice from the Australian Government Department of Health. 

Please ensure you check our website and familiarise yourself with all updates https://byroncentre.com.au/  

The most important thing is not to panic. The Government are making radical decisions to lessen the burden on the health care system. If everyone does their part, we can greatly slow the virus transmission rates and help those most vulnerable.

Thank you for your support. Please stay safe and healthy in these turbulent times.
Renovation works on the BCC building are in full swing. For this exciting project, we partnered up with the wonderful design team of @whitewood.agency. The new-look will increase the buildings' presence on Jonson St and also put the @byrontheatre in the spotlight! We can't wait to reveal the new look to the public. 
Read more about the refurbishment on our blog https://byroncentre.com.au/the-bcc-building-receives-a-face-lift-this-march/

📷The photo shows the BCC building in Art Deco style in 1939
This is a fantastic opportunity offered by the Northern Rivers Large Grants Program 2020. 

For the second year running, the Northern Rivers Large Grants Program 2020 invites Northern Rivers social and environmental not-for-profits with DGR status to apply for a grant between $10,000 and $30,000. 

The total funding pool also includes a $10,000 ‘Employee Funded Grant’ created by the permanent team at Stone & Wood, who substituted their monthly carton allowance with a cash donation to the inGrained Foundation to raise the money.

For more information, please visit https://www.ingrainedfoundation.com.au/grants-program
Join us for our International Women's Day lunch on 12th March to support our Hidden Women of Byron Bay.

Your ticket includes:
A Welcome Drink
Canapés
Banquet Lunch
Live Music
Inspiring Speakers &
A donation to the Byron Community Centre for our recently launched women's program.

We will be holding a raffle on the day with prizes generously donated by Spell, Balloons Aloft and Byron at Byron. 

Get your ticket today at www.byronbaychamber.com/IWD2020

This event is proudly hosted by @beefandbeach, @byronbaychamber
and @byroncommunitycentre. 

📷 @beefandbeach
In 2019, our unique @byrontheatre sold a whooping 24350 tickets - 7000 tickets more than in 2018. Woohoo! That’s a lot of happy customers!

Follow @byrontheatre and never miss a show. For more information about the Byron Bay Community Association and our not for profit social enterprise model, go to https://byroncentre.com.au/annual-reports/
The Byron Community Centre is a proud supporter of @sharethedignityaustralia and will be a collection point for your donations in the Dignity Drive March 2020.

Please support this amazing cause by donating pads, maternity pads, incontinence pads, new reusable pads, tampons, period-proof underwear and menstrual cups. 

You can drop off your donations during business hours from Monday - Friday, 10am - 4pm at 69 Jonson St. between 1st and 31st March. 

When you donate sanitary products to Share The Dignity, you’re donating to a charity that directly supports women in need. You’re giving a woman experiencing homelessness or financial crisis the essentials, so she doesn’t need to choose between food and dignity. The idea that women around the country are using socks or toilet paper instead of sanitary items needs to change and we need your help.

Next time you’re doing your shopping, keep in mind: one box for me, one box for her.
We want to share this great opportunity with other organisations in the region. The Northern Rivers Large Grants Program 2020 is kicking off on Thursday 12 March with $100,000 funding available for local not-for-profits!  

For the second year running, the Northern Rivers Large Grants Program 2020 invites Northern Rivers social and environmental not-for-profits with DGR status to apply for a grant between $10,000 and $30,000. 

The total funding pool also includes a $10,000 ‘Employee Funded Grant’ created by the permanent team at Stone & Wood, who substituted their monthly carton allowance with a cash donation to the inGrained Foundation to raise the money.

For more information, please visit https://www.ingrainedfoundation.com.au/
Have you booked your tickets yet for our next event? 

Join us on 12th March for an international Women's Day lunch supporting hidden woman of Byron Bay.

This event is hosted by @byronbaychamber @beefandbeach @byroncommunitycentre 

Your ticket includes a Welcome Drink, Canapes, Banquet Lunch and a donation to the Byron Community Centre for our recently launched women's program. 

Visit byronbaychamber.com/IWD to book your seat.
We received some encouraging feedback about our Severe Weather Shelter and want to share it with you. 

Michelle recently attended the Uniting Church Shelter and says: "Thank you for the time spent. Much appreciation to the team and support. I felt safe amongst friends. I would like to see other shelters [like this], so we can take it from there to think about what else we need to do. Many thanks, Michelle." Thank you, Michelle, for your kind words. 

During the recent severe weather events in Byron Bay, we ran the shelter for 11 consecutive nights, a total of 50 people registered for a bed and 45 people ended up staying at least for one night some stayed for 10 nights. Running the Severe Wet Weather Shelter is a team effort, and we want to thank everyone who tirelessly helped us organise and run this project. 

If you want to support this project, please donate via our website https://byroncentre.com.au/community/wet-weather-shelter-project/.

Thank you for your support, it is much appreciated.
Our seniors' activities continue to be very popular. In 2019, our "Elder Beats" drumming group welcomed an average of 35 people every week followed by a colourful morning tea. We also offer chair yoga, the Bay Singers choir and a ukulele class. 

Contact us today to join our fun activities https://byroncentre.com.au/community/seniors-activities/

For more information on our performance in 2019, see our annual report https://byroncentre.com.au/annual-reports/
Join us for an International Women's Day lunch supporting our hidden women of Byron Bay. The lunch is hosted by @beefandbeach  and the @byronbaychamber 
Did you know that middle-aged and older single women are the fastest-growing category of people experiencing homelessness?

Domestic violence, isolation, poor mental health, children leaving the family home and the economic effects of this are key factors. Many of these women are sleeping in their cars, makeshift camps, or in unsuitable and dangerous accommodation.

Together, we are raising funds to help these women. Please support us, get your ticket today!
From 17th - 21st February, we are celebrating our Seniors Festival here at the Byron Community Centre. Join us for Morning Tea, a movie, mindful conversations and lots of fun and laughter. ⁠
Our annual Seniors’ Festival is back in February 2020. From 17th to 21st of February we offer a range of activities here at the Byron Community Centre. Please join us for a week of fun, laughter and community. Visit our website for more information https://byroncentre.com.au/byron-shire-seniors-festival-2020/
In 2019, the Byron Markets team organised and ran 46 markets. 

The Byron Markets showcase the grass-roots of the Northern Rivers creative heart to all who visit here. Amidst
the dynamic and lively atmosphere at each market, we find new ideas, new products, and alternative ways of
being. As part of this, Byron Markets is committed to supporting local residents in the establishment of their business enterprises and gives preference to local stallholders who make, bake, sew or grow what they sell. 

Follow @byron_markets and never miss a market in town! Visit https://byroncentre.com.au/annual-reports/ for more information on the Byron Bay Community Association.
Now, this is something to get excited about! Our annual Seniors Festival is back in February 2020 💕⁠
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Please have a look at the program and join us for a week of fun, laughter and community. ⁠
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Help us spread the word by sharing this post and letting everyone know about it.
Now, this is something to get excited about! Our annual Seniors Festival is back in February 2020 💕⁠
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Please have a look at the program and join us for a week of fun, laughter and community. ⁠
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Help us spread the word by sharing this post and letting everyone know about it.
The Byron Theatre has once again showcased some of the most amazing and diverse theatre content in the
region and can look back on 400 events in 2019. Wow, what a successful year. 

A big thank you goes to the Byron Theatre staff and volunteers for their hard work throughout the year, and for ensuring every show runs smoothly behind the scenes. 

Follow @byrontheatre and never miss a show! For more information on how we did last year, go to https://byroncentre.com.au/annual-reports/
Something exciting is happening in the Byron Theatre! This week, the @byrontheatre received a perforated movie screen and new speakers. Technicians are currently working on installing them. Our theatre team is very excited about this because the new equipment will tremendously improve the sound experience for the audience. ⁠
How are we improving the audio quality? With a technique called projection screen perforation. Perforation refers to small holes in the viewing screen, which allow sound from speakers to move through the material. In addition to that, the speakers are placed behind the screen so that the sound effects can be heard as coming directly from the screen. It's like being part of the movie!⁠
So next time you're watching a movie at the Byron Theatre, be prepared to be amazed. ⁠
Please join the sewing bee organised by the fantastic crew @bay.active on Saturday 25th January from 1 - 5pm at @byroncommunitycentre to sew pouches for injured wildlife. BYO sewing machine. Share this post, tag your friends and let all your sewing friends know 💕
The BCC is looking to recruit new volunteers across our homeless projects. ⁠
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These opportunities are rewarding and provide an opportunity to make a real difference, have some fun and get to know new people in the process!⁠
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We are recruiting new volunteers across all our homeless projects, including our showers project, breakfast hub, severe wet weather shelter, and the new women's project. We will provide orientation, support and training. ⁠
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If you are interested please fill in an online application form on our website: www.byroncentre.com.au/volunteering/ indicate homeless projects or call the Byron Community Centre on (02) 6685 6807 to chat to Elyssa for more information or about opportunities available. ⁠
The BCC is looking to recruit new volunteers across our homeless projects. 

These opportunities are rewarding and provide an opportunity to make a real difference, have some fun and get to know new people in the process!

We are recruiting new volunteers across all our homeless projects, including our showers project, breakfast hub, severe wet weather shelter, and the new women's project. We will provide orientation, support and training. 

If you are interested please fill in an online application form on our website https://byroncentre.com.au/volunteering/  indicate homeless projects, or call the Byron Community Centre on (02) 6685 6807 to chat to Elyssa for more information or about opportunities available.
As we are going into a new year, we would like to reflect on last year's achievements. We are proud to announce that the Byron Community Centre volunteer and work placement program continues to grow and to provide community members with purposeful and meaningful
volunteer roles. Currently, 387 volunteers are registered in our database. Volunteers are sourced and referred through the operations of the Hub and work placements through tertiary
institutions, Work for the Dole program and Work Development program.

Please get in touch with us to learn more about the Volunteer Hub and our placement programs. www.byroncentre.com.au For more information about our performance in 2019. see our annual report https://byroncentre.com.au/annual-reports/
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