(Community Recognition Statement, 30 July 2020, Legislative Assembly, NSW Parliament)
On behalf of the Sydney Electorate, I would like to record appreciation for the work of inner city community service Rough Edges. Under the St John's Community Services umbrella, Rough Edges provides practical help and advocacy for disadvantaged people with drop-in information, advice and advocacy, along with emergency relief and meals Rough Edges is linked with the Banksia Women project helping women escaping an abusive or violent partner to get back on their feet, and with St John's Legal Centre helping sort out legal problems. The Urban Exposure social justice education has people with lived experience take groups through a learning encounter to understand life for vulnerable people on the street. A wide range of community 'champions' help with donations, ranging from St Mark's Darling Point, Rotary Kings Cross and caring individuals. I've been a proud Rough Edges supporter, particularly through the annual Roughtober fundraiser. During the pandemic, Rough Edges has adapted and pivoted, changing services to meet local needs while protecting clients and the community from the virus. I thank Rough Edges for this vital work building community connections and supporting vulnerable people to get their lives on track.