Each year,  Shadforth Lythgo has the privilege of supporting the Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal Breakfast on the Sunshine Coast.

This year was another great event with over 300 people attending to show their support for the Appeal – our local community in action.

The local Salvation Army offers much-needed support to the Coast’s most marginalised people, as well as helping local families that are struggling.

Some of the services they offer include:

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander programs: The Salvos work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities across four focus areas – cultural competency and capacity building, youth and children, community engagement, and leadership.

Accommodation and homelessness services: Community Resource Workers and upfront Intervention Teams work with people to help them achieve their housing, personal and life goals; provide customised care to one person at a time helps build healthy communities.

Addiction recovery services: The Salvos offer safe, high-quality and evidence-based support that enables people to pursue holistic transformation, to improve outcomes for themselves, their families and communities.

Aged care services: The Salvation Army has been providing aged care in Australia since 1899. They care for the well-being of each person and their family, and meet their specific needs. They specialise in spiritual, secure dementia, palliative and mental health care to maximise the quality-of-life experienced by all Australians.

Chaplaincy: Chaplains meet people at their point of need to provide support. It can be anything from a chat about how things are going, to helping people through the death of a loved one.

Disaster recovery and emergency services: The Salvation Army provides medium and long-term disaster assistance after significant natural or man-made disasters.

Doorways and emergency relief:  Doorways provides emergency relief and holistic case management with referral to internal and external support services. Doorways caseworkers walk alongside people as they develop plans to achieve their goals. They also work towards identifying and solving the issues contributing to long-term economic hardship.

Employment Plus: Employment Plus is a provider of Jobactive, Transition to Work, Disability Employment Services (DES), ParentsNext and Smart, Skilled and Hired.

Moneycare – The Salvation Army’s Moneycare service offers free and confidential financial counselling to people from all walks of life.

Salvos op shops: Provide a fun and affordable shopping experience for the community. For those who are doing it tough, pre-loved furniture, clothing and other goods are distributed free of charge through The Salvation Army’s community programs.

Youth support networks and programs: Youth networks and programs provide disconnected and disadvantaged young people, who may be experiencing homelessness, pathways towards independence.

“We think it’s important to give back to the community, to show we care. The Salvos Breakfast is a great way for us to do that.  They do incredible work in our local community and we are very grateful to them.” Tony Shadforth.