Creating a true sense of community through inclusion, support and engagement!
Here’s what we’ve been up to lately. For any inquiries about what we have done or what we have got coming up please get in touch with us you can contact us here.
Tamworth Homeless Connect Day July 2014.
One of a Kind donated clothes to the days event as way of supporting our community. The day saw over 650 people attend having doubled from the year before.
Kids Mural Project- "The Imaginarium"
The Imaginarium is a $60,000 initiative that will see an eclectic collection of murals, stand-alone graphics, interactive artworks and 3D art installations installed into the Children’s Ward at the newly upgraded Tamworth Hospital.
The objective is to install artworks into the Children’s Ward helping to mitigate the psychological stress of visiting and staying in hospital, as well as helping to facilitate rehabilitation, enhance the healing process, provide a positive focus and reduce boredom, stress and anxiety.
One of a Kind Community Support along with Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation funded this initiative. Christine Murphy from Roomspace is the designer drawing inspiration from the wonderfully eccentric Dr Seuss ensuring to cater for all ages who engage in the space including family and friends of patients as well as staff. It is expected to be completed by July 2016.
Narrabri Shared Table Community Kitchen
During the year of 2015 One of a Kind have supported the Narrabri Shared Table Community Kitchen and provided them with a new large freezer, as we as covering the rental fees on their small premises to operate Narrabri Food Bank. Tamworth Peel Valley LIONS also loaned fridges, freezers and work benches to the Narrabri Food Bank. The food Bank is up and running and provides support outside of the soup kitchen operating days.
Acts of Kindness- Armidale 2015
One of a Kind wants to help create a culture of Kindness so we created an initiative that we are hoping to have travel each year from one site to another. Armidale was first off the mark delivering our ACTS OF KINDNESS DRAW.
Essentially we asked for the Armidale, Guyra and Uralla regions community to nominate a member of the community that they would like to see be recognised for the Act of Kindness. The Act of Kindness doesn’t have to be a massive thing, it simply can be helping someone with their bags, or maybe someone reads to the elderly every week, anything at all really.
Each week we would randomly draw an entry form and that nominated person would be gifted $1,000 to thank them for the Act of Kindness. This ran for five weeks leading up to Christmas with the final draw being a Grand Prize of $3,000.
One of a Kind was supported with this initiative by the Armidale Express, Armidale Lions, 2AD Radio and FM100.3 Radio.
Peddle Power- Youth Mental Health and Suicide Awareness.
One of a Kind sponsored Chris Berkhout to ride his push bike from Tamworth to Inverell along with his side kick Tezza to help break the stigma surrounding Youth Mental Health and Suicide.
Chris lost his 19 year old son Jarrod to suicide five years ago and has made the trip two years in a row to coincide with the anniversary of Jarrod’s passing. Chris says he will do it every year, just as long as his legs can still get him over the Moonbi’s that is.
Chris has experienced first-hand what it is like to live with a mental health condition and say’s “We get so caught up in the shame and are afraid to admit that we are not okay- it’s not doing us any good. That young people think there is no hope in their life is heartbreaking and we need to do something about it”.
One of a Kind along with Partner’s in Recovery supporting Chris, he was able to fix up his bike and trailer and make the trip to honour his son, as well as helping Chris with his own grieving process and bringing awareness to Youth Suicide and Mental Health.
Tamworth Community Christmas Day Lunch 2014
After a break for more than 6 years, we have reintroduced and conducted the Tamworth Community Christmas Day Lunch supported by local people, NGO’s, business houses and Tamworth Regional Council, feeding over 200 people on Christmas Day.
Armidale Annual Christmas Day Lunch 2015
The Armidale Uniting Church was supported by One of a Kind for their Annual Christmas Day Lunch 2015 with a $3,000 contribution to this community event.
2015 Tamworth Country Music Festival- Country Music Cares Concert
One of a Kind's 8th Annual Country Music Cares Concert was held during the 2015 Tamworth Country Music Festival seeing over 700 people in attendance. We also partnered with Ronald McDonald House on a Pay it Forward Youtube Video featuring Australian couple O’Shea (guests at our concert and based in Nashville) doing their song Bad Day Good.
Volunteer Work Placements
One of a Kind relies heavily on volunteers so we can keep our doors open and make sure the day to day operational needs are met. Volunteer work placements in the shops and the Regional Sorting Centre have been supported with several workforce and disability agencies, including Joblink Plus, UNE, and BEST Employment.
Songs of the ANZAC’S Concert
8 Ball Atkin delivered 3 stellar performances singing old war time songs like My Tipperary to help commemorate our ANZAC’s just days after ANZAC day 2015. One concert was open to the general public and the final two shows were delivered directly into BUPA Nursing Home and Moonbi House for the local residents. This was possible thanks to OMNI Men’s Shed, West Leagues Club and One of a Kind.
Absolutely Everybody Dance Party 2015
A Dance Party proudly sponsored by One of a Kind, Northcott, Challenge Community Services, BEST Employment, House with No Steps and Fiona Mini Bus Rentals. This event is for people with a disability, partners and carers and was held at West Leagues Club in December 2015 seeing over 200 people attend the dance.
Boggabri Bargain Sale 2015
One of a Kind donated a truck load of clothing and goods to support a fundraising event in Boggabri in November 2015. More than $600 was raised by the Tamworth Lodge of Manchester Unity with the money going towards Careflight and Riding for the Disabled. There was plenty of clothing left over so this was donated to the Boggabri Op-Shop.
Empowering Rural Women Workshops
One of a Kind along with Support from Challenge Community Services, Walking FEAT and Australian Government Drought Assistance Package we were able to deliver a two part workshop over two consecutive weeks into Curlewis, Uralla, Quirindi, Manilla and Tambar Springs in 2015.
The workshops were designed to help empower rural women to develop and implement their own community action plans on mental health and wellbeing creating more meaningful connection and support systems that suit each individual area.
We also provided a pop-up Op-shop and café as well as registrations for the Bush Telegraph. Lunch was provided by the wonderful CWA Ladies.
Mental Health Month- October 2015
VALUE YOUR MIND, RHYTHM n’ ARTS FESTIVAL.
Armidale One of a Kind Community Hub hosted the days event offering a variety of hands on arts and craft activities including Drumming workshops, photography, string art and clay as well as a sausage sizzle for lunch.
One of a Kind partnered with Anglicare, St Vincent de Paul, Benevolent Society, Hunter New England Health and Richmond PRA to deliver the Awareness Day.
Nundle Kids Fitness Classes
One of a Kind have been able to support a Kids Fitness Class getting started in Nundle NSW by donating some exercise equipment. The classes are being offered to the Nundle Community on Monday and Wednesday afternoon's from 3.20pm-4.30pm in the Nundle Hall.
If you would like to take your children along or are wanting any further information please give Sue a call on 0418 682 994 or you can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org