Story Telling and Healing Space opens to assist bushfire victims
‘Rising from the Ashes’ is a community group based in Milton, NSW. Its aim is to support and help the community after the challenges of fire, floods and COVID-19. The Story Telling and Healing Space aims to bring together those who have been impacted to share their stories and help them heal. The Centre offers free workshops to create inspiration, hope and resilience, and to encourage people to explore their stories in a creative space.
This service was officially launched on 7 November 2020. Fr Michael Dyer from the Milton Catholic Parish and foundation member of the project addressed the audience, referencing Pope Francis’ new encyclical letter, and expressing his appreciation to the Order of Malta for making this project possible. Representing the Order of Malta, a major sponsor, Dr Steve Christie wanted to “thank the committee for giving us the opportunity to serve those in need as in doing so we serve our Lord Jesus Christ”.
Whilst the official opening has was only this weekend, the Centre has been open since 3 October. Volunteers, including members of the Order, are trained to listen to those touched by traumatic events. The Story Telling and Healing Space at 23, Wason Street, Milton provides a welcoming and safe environment for anyone afflicted by the New Year’s Eve bushfires and other traumas.
In addition to the Story Telling and Healing Space, members of the Order of Malta continue to regularly visit bushfire victims in Batemans Bay, Moruya and Mogo to provide friendship and support.
The opening of the Milton Story Telling Centre would not be possible without the generous support of our members and donors who also enabled us to provide $60,000 in emergency food and fuel vouchers to those affected NSW, VIC and SA during the fires.