Caring for kids can be hard at the best of time and sometimes circumstances like being a single mum can make it even more difficult. That’s where The Salvation Army’s Single Mum’s Camp steps in.
Sherrie Cocking, The Collaroy Centre Salvation Army Program Development Manager, says the camp is a time for mum’s to be refreshed “to have a great time and a break from their normal routine.” It’s a transformative camp that creates the space to kickstart a healing journey.
The camp is offered at The Collaroy Centre, in a beautiful location near the beach with space to breathe and relax. Mums who have previously come to the camp have shared that the camp gave them the opportunity to experience being loved and invested into, as well as finding a sense of belonging and community.
Volunteer staff look after the children to make it possible for the mums to have some time out, space just for themselves, something that is often very rare for them. The camp offers learning groups; workshops on good money management and on promoting self-esteem, providing the mums with opportunities to focus on learning and sharping skills that will benefit them immensely. Family outings are also organised, like a fun day out to Taronga Zoo. The day before the camp ends, volunteer beauticians and hairdressers come to the Centre and spend an afternoon pampering the mums and making them feel a million dollars, ready for their final night formal dinner.
Our 2019 Single Mums Camp was beautifully supported by Liberated Hair at Mona Vale, Community Hair Project and Julie Jurd a professional Nutrimentics Make-Up Artist.
To all these women, we are extremely grateful for your time, skill and smiles.
The Collaroy Centre is thrilled to fund this wonderful camp and offer it completely free for those attending, enabling it to be accessed by those who really need time to rest and reflect.
People can be referred to the camp by a Salvation Army Corp or Centre. Alternatively, if you, or someone you know would benefit from this camp please contact Sherrie Cocking on (02) 9982 9800.
If you would like to become a partner with The Collaroy Centre to help create spaces and opportunities for hope for those who are less fortunate, please contact us.