Nimbin Community Drug Action Team (CDAT)
Nimbin Neighbourhood and Information Centre auspices the Nimbin CDAT, which is made up of people from the community who are interested in developing and implementing harm minimisation strategies in the community.
During 2015 a survey was conducted of people who use drugs in the community to inform the priorities and directions of the Nimbin CDAT.
Nimbin Soup Kitchen and the Annual Community Xmas Lunch
The Nimbin Soup Kitchen, a self funded project of the NNIC, offers a nutritious meat & vegetarian soup and bread meal every Friday 11.00 - 2.00, rain or shine on the Nimbin Neighbourhood Centre front verandah. The meal preparation and serving are done entirely by volunteers. Local Nimbin businesses and individuals donate food regularly.
Donations of fresh produce or labour always welcome. Drop into the NNIC and see the staff if you can help.
A big thanks to our regular donations from the Nimbin Newsagency, the Emporium, Nimbin Organics, Nimbin Bakery, local home gardeners and Vera Bourne. A special thanks also to all the Soup Kitchen crew. Any surplus each week is packaged and frozen for distribution to those clients especially with families who are struggling to make ends meet.
We also collect and distribute Christmas Toys to needy families over the Christmas period - thanks again to Pam Pussycat and Vera Bourne for all the donated toys, and to all other community members for their donations. The Soup Kitchen year culminates in the annual Community Christmas Dinner held at the Town Hall.
We regularly put clients in touch with local Justices of the Peace. Just ask at the reception desk.
Emergency Relief (See Welfare Services)
Nimbin Women's Dinner Committee
In 2011 the Nimbin Domestic Violence Committee,auspiced by NNIC, wound up after 11 years. In 2009 the Committee successfully auspiced and steered the Safe Community Project (funded by Commonwealth Attorney General’s Department: National Community Crime Prevention Program). The project oversaw some amazing outcomes for increasing the safety for women, children and men in Nimbin. Ask about the “Respect” booklet.
The DV Committee also initiated the Nimbin Women's Dinner which has become a popular annual event. Tickets regularly sellout completely within a week of release with over 300 women attending the sit down dinner and entertainment at the Nimbin Town Hall. The dinner continues to be a safe place for Nimbin and district women to come together and explore the issues and achievements of the previous year as well as celebrate who they are.
Thus in 2011 the Nimbin Women's Dinner Committee was formed to keep the Women's Dinner going. In November 2012 it was the 10th anniversary of the Women's Dinner and for a change of scene we had a Film Nite inestead of the dinner, featuring films by local gals and the Sapphires.
THE NEXT WOMEN"S DINNER is on 8th March 2017 (International Women's Day). At the Town Hall. Doors open 6. Show starts at 7.30pm. Tix will be on sale at NNIC in February 2017.
Contact NNIC if you are interested in joining the Womens Dinner Committee.
INFO FOR SENIORS
Did you know that seniors are the fastest-growing age group in Australia (http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-12-18/fastest-growing-age-group-is-65-and-over-abs-says/5164202)? Over 14 per cent of our population is aged 65 or older, and that rate is expected to continue to grow over the next several years. Here are some excellent health links for seniors and carers -
Healthy Eating Over 60
Be Active: A Physical Activity Guide for Older Australians
Ageing-in-Place Guide for Australian Baby Boomers
Activities for Seniors: 10 Best Hobby Websites
12 Tips to Prepare the Elderly for Disasters
Connections Matter: Helping Older People Stay Socially Active
Caregiver’s Guide to Understanding Dementia Behaviors
Dementia and Driving
Tips for Avoiding Caregiver Burnout