Social service worker students in Cornwall are holding a breakfast event in Winchester on Saturday morning that could be a big help for a family resource centre in that town.
A group of seven students are holding a pancake breakfast, to raise funds for Naomi’s Family Resource Centre.
“Our goal is to raise awareness within local communities, and (solicit) monetary donations for (the centre),” said Leigh Hopkins, a second-year social service worker student at St. Lawrence College in her final semester, who as part of her curriculum teamed up with six classmates to help the agency in Winchester.
The centre offers emergency shelter, support and programs for women and children who are victims of violence.
“My classmates and I decided to help out (Naomi’s) after collaborating about specific causes which we felt strongly about,” Hopkins said. “We decided we’d like to raise awareness of family violence and help an agency which serves women and children who’ve been the victims of violence.
“Naomi’s Family Resource Centre is located in a small community. Often women in rural communities have difficulty accessing services and they’re at an increased risk of violence due to being isolated. . . we felt (Naomi’s) provides very essential services to women and their children.”
Hopkins added the group of students admired the centre for all its dedicated efforts in helping women by providing shelter, informal counselling, as well as a 24-hour hotline.
The pancake breakfast in Winchester is from 9-11 a.m. at the Joel Steele Community Centre, at 577 Main St.
Pancakes, sausages, fruit, coffee, tea and juice will be served….
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