I would like to thank the Members and Volunteers for their spirit of patience and generosity over the last few months.
Twenty months ago the St Vincent de Paul Society NSW became an incorporated body. With this change in status, there was a need to comply with “The Rule”, Government, ASIC and the Australian Charities and not for profit Commission with everything we do.
We are now more accountable than ever and must ensure thorough transparency in all our dealings.
I know these changes have caused concerns amongst some of our Members and Volunteers. But I can assure Conference Members that there is very little change to any form of Conference work, and I know that you will all continue to be Transparent and Accountable in all that you do. Any major changes are within areas of Centres and Staff.
It is important that we don’t forget WHY we joined the St Vincent de Paul Society. It is to live our faith through participating in all aspects of Conference work.
Leo Tucker’s three pillars of Spiritual Framework sums up every part of our journey of faith. Grounded in Faith – Growing in Love – Living in Hope.
As Christ instructed us to “Love one another as I have Loved you” we can aspire to move forward to fulfill our Vision and Mission to be known as a Compassionate and Just Society.
By following our Key Values Commitment – Compassion – Respect – Integrity – Empathy – Advocacy and Courage, we can achieve these goals and make a difference to all we meet.
Armidale Central Council President
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PATIENCE and GENEROSITY
ARMIDALE DIOCESAN CENTRAL COUNCIL | NEWSLETTER
YOUTH CORNER UPDATE
At the beginning of 2015 we had 10 active school based conferences in the Diocese. We have since established Mini Vinnies Conferences in Tenterfield, Warialda and Walcha.
35 UNE Students have received basic training in delivery of the ‘Buddies Day’ childrens respite program and referrals pending, we will run our first Buddies Day at the Armidale Sport and Rec Centre in July.The Armidale Community Sleep Out is now booked for the 3rd September 2016 and will be held in the Town Hall. Individuals and Organisations are now being approached to sponsor and participate in the event. Two “Mini Vinnies Gatherings” and a Diocesan High School Camp are being planned for later in the year.
NEW LOOK FOR ARMIDALE RUSDEN STREET
Volunteers, Members and Residents of Armidale will be able to enjoy a new look at the Rusden Street store from August this year when our new refurbishment is planned to be completed. The refurbishment of Armidale is one of the first upgrades in a series of expansion projects across the diocese. The shop floor at the Armidale Store will grow up to 250% providing greater sales opportunities, better browsing, and a much larger range of clothes and bric-a-brac. While the renovations take place the store has been temporarily moved to our SuperStore location at 11 Bundarra Road in Armidale. We are grateful to the volunteers of the Armidale and Superstore locations for their amazing ongoing support of the work at Vinnies and for making the move happen. Once again it is testament to the dedication and commitment of so many Vinnies volunteers. Well done Armidale!
Vinnies shops across the diocese are actioning a change in the way that goods and other items are sorted for sale. We are pleased that centres have worked with the Northern New South Wales Distribution Centre to migrate the sorting of goods to the Distribution Centre. The change has provided Vinnies with the opportunities to sort items on mass, to distribute items across the diocese in a more equitable way - in keeping with the ethos of the society - and has also freed up much more floor space for more retail activity in the shops. A big thank you to those who have started this process, it will take some time to get this happening across all of our centres, but thanks to the volunteers across most of the shops we are already over 60% there. This change allows the Northern NSW Distribution Centre to focus its efforts on the processing in excess of 1,000 tons of recycling of garments, ragging to mines, as well as the all important task of distribution of stock to the shops.
The Distribution Centre covers the Northern Tablelands and the New England district in an area that is more than 92,0002 kilometers. It recycles more than 1,000 tonnes of goods every year. It operates in the Bundarra Road site in Armidale and serves all our stores across the diocese. As sorting is centralized the staff and program workers have worked very hard to determine tighter, and more efficient processes so that we can accommodate more stock in and out of the centre. This work has required us to develop new transport logistics with our rolling stock of Vans and Trucks. We now have a logistical plan which will service nearly all stores each and every week with new stock and retrieve goods to be sorted and dispersed across the Diocese. A hearty ‘well done’ goes to all the team at the Distribution Centre who have worked so hard to modernize the practice and dynamics of sorting and the logistics on the road with the drivers.
We would like to extend a big thank you to all our volunteers across the diocese. Each week 19 centres across the area are open thanks to your ongoing commitment. The many hours put into the work of volunteering do not go unnoticed by the Council, but most of all they are a bright light of hope both to the customers in our shops as well as those in need that experience the genuine hope that Vinnies has to offer. Thank you again to all our volunteers, thanks for being the family that you are to us all!
well done to all our volunteers!
program workers have worked very hard to determine tighter, and more efficient processes so that we can accommodate more stock in and out of the centre. This work has required us to develop new transport logistics with our rolling stock of Vans and Trucks.
We now have a logistical plan which will service nearly all stores each and every week with new stock and retrieve goods to be sorted and dispersed across the Diocese.
A hearty ‘well done’ goes to all the team at the Distribution Centre who have worked so hard to modernize the practice and dynamics of sorting and the logistics on the road with the drivers.
Vinnies has an excellent reputation for value goods with a higher-grade quality than most of its competitors.
All our clothing stock which does not make the quality grade for our own supply is recycled and moved on to third-world countries where clothing is in great demand for the needy there.
This sort of recycling sees us fulfill a mission beyond the boundaries of our diocese and adds a further contribution to our financial balance which ultimately means our conferences can distribute more support for the needy in our diocese.
'OPEN ALL HOURS'
Our Furniture and Bric-a-Brac Store at 11 Bundarra Road, Armidale has grown in every way. The store is now open Monday-Friday 9am to 4pm, and Saturday 9am to midday. This is all thanks to the dedicated volunteers who make that extra effort to make the SuperStore available to more customers. In addition, the store has grown by 400% in size and boasts a much larger collection of furniture for all budgets.
SELLING ONLINE TOO!
The Armidale Diocesan Central Council has developed a pilot for its own eCommerce site in Australia. It’s the place where we sell all the unusual bric-a-brac for a higher value than is possible in the stores. The average prices of the products we sell online ranges between $50 to $150 per item. Our system online.vinniesarmidale.org sells things directly from the site, or from our Facebook page (we already have 500 followers in the region!). It also sells from the store through to eBay where we have a customer base of 165 million globally. We have already sold items to Europe, the USA, and South East Asia. Plans are to increase the amount of products we can get on the site so that we can reach a larger market willing to pay more for our products online. This is an excellent supplementary and complimentary sales channel in addition to our stores. Well done to the Online Team for getting this going.
VINNIES ARMIDALE REACHES ANOTHER GOAL WITH ITS OWN ONLINE RETAIL STORE.
REGIONAL PRESIDENT - TAMWORTH REGION
Armidale Community Sleep Out at Armidale Town Hall.
SPIRITUAL ADVISOR & REGIONAL PRESIDENT (ACTING) ARMIDALE REGION
Commencement of new Conference Build and Centre Refurbishment at Quirindi.
MEMBERS AND VOLUNTEERS REPRESENTATIVE
REGIONAL PRESIDENT - NAMOI BARWON REGION
The Armidale Diocesan Central Council has created their very own pilot website for the Diocese. The website has completed the first phase of development providing information on getting help (addiction, disability services, disaster recovery, domestic and family violence, emergency housing and homelessness support, finances food, general support, health and well being, and resettling in Australia); getting involved (becoming a volunteer, donating goods, donating money, becoming a member, joining the staff, involving a school); our shops a section which has a separate page for all our shops, with information on contacts and opening times; news where all the latest and greatest actions will be recorded and updated weekly.
The site also provides a contacts submission page, a link through to our online shop, and an about feature which lists all our staff and council members. The next phase will incorporate conferences and the key contacts for care and support details. Why not pop online and take a look at our site at www.vinniesarmidale.org
july / august
Diocesan High School Camp at Lake Keepit.
SOCIAL JUSTICE REPRESENTATIVE
REGIONAL PRESIDENT - NORTH EAST REGION
Buddies Day Armidale Sport and Recreation Centre
ST. VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY | ARMIDALE CENTRAL DIOCESAN COUNCIL
11 BUNDARRA ROAD | ARMIDALE | NSW | 2350 |TEL: 02 5776 0200 | www.vinniesarmidale.org