Olivia's Place prepares to 'Celebrate Dads' with our annual dinner & auction. We enter fundraising mode to raise funds for services in 2016, and local council plans to develop a sponsorship policy to respond to sponsorship of local events such as our annual dinner/auction. Warragul Gazette coverage 18.8.15 and 11.8.15
We prepare to welcome some new team members with our annual Volunteer Information Sessions. We also feature in the Warragul Gazette coverage for having received a $3000 Community Development Grant from the Baw Baw Shire for our parenting preparation program - Baby Steps: Parenting Matters - to launch this year.
We receive $10,000 from Trinity Families towards professional development training for our team and we have an Open Day celebrating the official opening of our centre at Barkly St, Warragul. At the Open Day, Member for Eastern Victoria Andrew Ronalds announces a commitment of $50,000 per year for 4 years government funding if the Liberal Government is successful at the forthcoming election.
The Warragul Business Group pledges financial support to assist us in bridging the budget gap to lease premises close to town, and provide a parenting room in place of the recently relocation of Family Children's Services away from the centre of town. They encourage other businesses to do the same, and the Warragul Gazette announces their intention to donate the same amount towards our cause. Warragul Gazette coverage 5.8.14
With the soon to occur relocation of Family & Children's Services to Normanby St, and with it the town's parent room facilities, locals are starting to identify Olivia's Place as a possibility to fill the void. We determine that the need is indeed there, and commence a search for rental premises near to the town centre.