Salvos Women's League offers friendship and support
THE Salvos are synonymous within Australia for being an organisation that welcomes people with open arms, providing love, support and friendship.
In Hervey Bay, Major Lyn Cook said the Salvation Army Women's Home League did exactly that.
"The league is based on four pillars - education, worship, fellowship and service. A meeting might incorporate all of these or just one, it depends on the day and the organised syllabus for the year," Major Lyn said.
"We have guest speakers and our programs are tailored appropriately, we also have outings to different places so there's a good mix of activities."
The Women's League has been running locally for 40 years, as long as the Salvation Army church has been in Hervey Bay.
"Wherever there is a church there's a league. It's open to women aged between 16 and 106 and we have an average of around 25 each session here." Major Lyn said.
Glenys Shackleton has been involved with the program as co-ordinator for five years, a position she loves.
"Not everyone is a churchgoer, there are all denominations and everyone is welcomed.
"It's the fellowship, friendship and making good friends that keeps the group together," Glenys said.
"Everyone mixes in with each other and if you are a little bit shy you are made to feel comfortable.
"If anyone needs transport there's a bus available to pick you up and drop you off," she said.
There's more to just being in a friendly and happy group that supports you through good and bad times, there's the support they offer to other people living in less privileged circumstances than our own.
While the concept of the league is the fellowship, learning new things and getting together for a chat, Major Lyn said there's a service aspect as well.
"The ladies support the El Redil (Salvation Army) Children's Home in Argentina which has 37 children living at the home where they are clothed, fed and supported, and they attend a local school from kindergarten to Grade 9," Major Lyn said.
Salvation Army details
- The Salvation Army church in Hervey Bay is at 11 Robertson St, Urangan
- The Family Store and Community Welfare office is on Beach Rd at Pialba
- Other programs at the church include Home League, Mainly Music, Messy Church and Kids Klub