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Volunteers’ News – April 2021

Farewell and thank you!
Allison Forrest is leaving us as distribution coordinator after 12 months to complete her training as a deacon of the Uniting Church. Taking up a placement with the South Sydney Herald during lockdown and physical distancing meant Allison had to spend the first months working from home, but then she soon got into the swing of things. She initiated coffee meetings with volunteers, coordinated online volunteers’ meetings, and visited distributors in their homes. Her warm personality made Allison an asset to the local area, and she will be missed, though I’m sure she will keep up the friendships she has made. Our very best wishes go to Allison for her future.

 And now … a few words from Allison herself
“The April issue of the SSH is the last one that I will be working on as distribution coordinator because my student placement is coming to an end. I have so enjoyed supporting and getting to know our wonderful, energetic distributors. And I have also been so encouraged by the commitment and resilience of everyone involved with the SSH during the most challenging year of the paper’s life – but surely also a year which has proven the importance of local and independent media. My time as a student minister here is ending, but be assured I will continue to be a friend to the SSH and the community served by this wonderful paper.”

Seniors’ Festival April 13-24
The theme this year is “in our nature”, and there are many activities you can find on the website: You can also win tickets to the Premier’s Gala Concerts, headlined by Human Nature on April 21 and 22 at ICC Darling Harbour.

Sydney Writers’ Festival April 26 to May 2: Within Reach – A Festival for Readers, Writers and Thinkers
There are some 112 events this year, some are free but most require bookings, with Carriageworks being the main venue. Tickets on sale at

Free public tours of NSW Parliament – Fridays until December 17
These are one-hour tours, commencing at 1.30pm. You can contact the tours officer on 9230 3444 or the NSW Parliament website.

It’s a relief, finally, to be almost back to normal, though as we’ve seen recently, we should still take care and be vigilant in public spaces, and wear masks if you feel confident by doing so.

Until next time,

Pat Clarke


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