The community of Byron Bay, located on Bundjalung land in the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales, has had a hard few years. Following two years of COVID-related restrictions hitting the tourism-dependent economy, deadly floods in early 2022 caused further damage to properties and livelihoods.
For Anne Goslett, Founder and Managing Director of local residential education program The SHIFT Project, the twin crises put important projects on pause but allowed the team to engage more closely with the community and tighten up administration.
“Our first grant allowed us to buy a washing machine so we could establish The Linen SHIFT. Financial wellbeing and independence were really important to the women we were working with.” – Anne Goslet
Established in 2015, The SHIFT Project is a short-term educational transition program for women who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.
The independent program doesn’t receive government funding so they rely on philanthropic donations and support from grants to support their clients. Over the years, The SHIFT project has received two grants through the ANZ Seeds of Renewal program which have allowed them to establish new bodies of work.
“Our first grant allowed us to buy a washing machine so we could establish The Linen SHIFT,” Anne explains. “We recognised financial wellbeing and independence was really important to the women we were working with.”