ABOUT CAREVAN BLACKTOWN
Carevan Blacktown meets every Tuesday evening at Lalor Park Library carpark at 7pm. Cnr. Freeman Street and Northcott Road, Lalor Park
We serve hot nutritious meals to all those who come along and we deliver a variety of other goods, provided to Carevan by our generous contributors.
Carevan creates a welcoming venue to share a meal and an evening with others, fostering a sense of community and providing support for those in need.
Everyone is welcome
Carevan Blacktown was founded in 2012 and is an affiliate of The Carevan Foundation formed By Dr John Brabant in Albury many years earlier. Members of the Blacktown local area and friends of Dr Brabant saw a need for such a service in the Blacktown LGA and decided to respond in a similar way to this need on our own doorstep.
Carevan Blacktown is a smaller entity and our weekly meal service is the focal point of our efforts, but we are no less dedicated to the objective to serve those less fortunate than ourselves. Like the Foundation, we aim to promote and put into practice the mission “…to create a sense of identity, a sense of belonging and a sense of achievement. … focused on changing “us” and “them” to become “we…”.
Carevan Blacktown serves those battling hardship and disadvantage of all kind; homelessness, financial hardship, isolation and loneliness principal among these. We strive to provide a meal of substance for the body, while meeting the bigger objective of social inclusion across all demographics and all circumstance.
Each week Carevan provides a meal service in the grounds of the Lalor Park Community centre. Run by a team of dedicated and diligent volunteers, we create a warm, welcoming and non-judgemental setting. The community are able to come together to share a meal and some time to connect with each other and with a community that cares for them.
Carevan Blacktown collects and supplies fruit and vegetables from local businesses, donated to supplement the weekly meal service. We provide take away meals to accommodate families and individuals into the week, extras that might otherwise not be affordable or accessible.
Carevan works in collaboration with all our supporters, who donate time, food, money, items of care and support, delivering these goods each week to those most in need.
We conduct blanket and clothing appeals, supply hygiene and general home care products and are the conduit for a generous community donating items to those in need and whom we serve on the community’s behalf.