The Legislative Assembly of the NSW Parliament honoured Soul Cafe with a Community Recognition Statement from Mr Tim Crakanthorp.
The statement read, “Today I acknowledge the great work of all those involved with the Soul Cafe in Newcastle. On Monday this National Volunteers Week I was fortunate enough to visit the Soul Cafe and meet the dedicated volunteers without whom this service would not exist.
I especially thank volunteers Michael, Kerry, Jan, Helen, Sarah, Chris, Mark, Suellen, Tracey, Maureen, David, Tana, Sarah and Glenn for the countless hours of hard work they have put in over the years.
The Soul Cafe provides hundreds of meals each week to disadvantaged members of our community. The Cafe is an avenue to link guests with other necessary services including drug and alcohol and substance abuse programs, accommodation links, Centrelink referrals, mental health counselling, refuge referrals, haircuts, legal aid, podiatry, and a free doctor’s clinic. I also thank all the staff who made me feel so welcome this week, including Rick and Sue Prosser, Matt Nichols, Tonya Huen and Maria Thomas. Well done to all.”