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Volunteers’ News – June 2020

I hope the last month has treated you all well, especially now that some restrictions are being lifted. Daily, I’m finding it hard to keep up. Despite all my good resolutions (to myself) the list of things to do doesn’t seem to have got any shorter. Our managing editor Marjorie Lewis-Jones and the editorial team have been pulling out all the stops for this issue.

Lots of our favourites for June have been postponed or cancelled.

2020 National NAIDOC Week from Sunday July 8 to Sunday July 15.

NAIDOC Week has sadly been postponed to ensure safety for communities. A new date later in the year is being considered.

Refugee Week from June 14-20 has gone digital, and is now Digital Refugee Week. Contact:

2020 Sydney Film Festival from June 10-21 is now the Virtual Sydney Film Festival. The 67th Festival has just announced a full virtual program and tickets are now on sale at:

It’s not all gloom though, as the following are set to reopen:

Art Gallery of New South Wales from Monday June 1, with free timed tickets in half-hourly batches. The Gallery will announce new dates for the very popular Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes later in the year.

White Rabbit Gallery, Chippendale, from Saturday June 6.

Museum of Contemporary Art from Tuesday June 16.

Biennale of Sydney also from Tuesday June 16.

Palace Cinemas have announced a reopening on July 2, with other cinemas likely to follow on July 16. Social distancing and other restrictions on numbers will apply, including online booking, contactless payments and staggered session times.


Some local libraries, like three inner-west locations Marrickville, Leichhardt and Ashfield, will open from June 1, with varied opening hours. City of Sydney’s libraries remain closed but online resources are available.

And, of course, local pubs, clubs, restaurants and cafes will now be able to cater for more patrons. Physical distancing and safety measures will still apply.

Sydney Fringe Festival

The festival was cancelled due to Covid-19 but will partner with five international Fringe Festivals to present Global Fringe, to be streamed live in September.

SSH Volunteers’ Monthly Meetings

Meetings on the first Saturday in June and July (2-4pm) will take place via Zoom. Please subscribe to updates on the SSH website so we can send you the Zoom details.

SSH Volunteer Agreement 2020

It’s important for Volunteers to complete the form (the green one distributed in December). If you’ve mislaid it or have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact managing editor Marjorie Lewis-Jones at, or Allison Forrest at

As always, take care of yourselves and each other, and spare a thought and whatever you can afford for those who haven’t had this last 10 weeks easy.

Until next time!



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