News

The Salvation Army is serving up dinner in Tweed

DINNER TIME: Salvation Army officer Leanne Elsley prepares food at their Tweed Heads facility.
DINNER TIME: Salvation Army officer Leanne Elsley prepares food at their Tweed Heads facility. Scott Powick

THE Salvation Army is dishing up some good food and company for those looking for a little relief during the week.

The Tweed Salvation Army centre provides a free hot meal every Wednesday night and is inviting the community to join at the table or help serve.

Community connect worker Alesha Yaxley said the weekly meal provides a chance for those who might be lonely to interact with others.

"We do have a lot of people in our community who are lonely so it's about coming out to be with other people and sharing a meal,” Ms Yaxley said.

Salvation Army Officer Major Leanne Elsley said on average 40 people would come for the meal.

"Most of our people live locally but they might have just recently moved into the area as they've retired or they might be single parents,” Ms Elsley said.

"It's always nice for the single parents to come out to have a meal without worrying about the kids or trying to prepare it.”

Ms Yaxley said many people who attend the meal have built lasting friendships.

"Over the time there's been some good relationships made with other people,” she said.

"We have one gentlemen who comes who lives in a retirement village but doesn't have much interaction there so this is the highlight of his week. It's good to know he enjoys coming.” Ms Elsely said the Salvation Army was always looking for volunteers and encouraged anyone interested in helping with the meal to attend one of the evenings.

"We're also happy for people to volunteer at the meal,” Ms Elsley said.

"We need people to serve the meal out and set up for the meal. People are welcome to stay as long as they want but for people who are volunteering it would only be an hour or two of their time.”

FAST FACTS

The Tweed Salvation Army Centre hosts the free community meal every Wednesday from 5.30pm. For more information, contact:

The Centre, Cnr Leisure and Woodlands Dr, Banora Point

(07) 55 245 081

Topics:  salvation army salvation army tweed



Baby going home with dad after mum's tragic death

John Petrak with baby Eleanor.

John Petrak will finally take his baby girl home today

Marine biologist on why Hastings Pt must be protected

RICH ENVIRONMENT: The creek at Hastings Point forms part of the rich ecology of the region and should be protected according to Ted Brambleby.

Hastings Pt Museum of Natural History speaks out.

Aquaman conquers council in a bid to keep filming

Jason Momoa will star in the movie Aquaman, to be filmed on the Gold Coast. Supplied by Warner Bros.

Council has allowed Warner Bros to submit a DA.

Local Partners

Maggie's whirlwind trip around Japan

Cooking icon serves up the best of Japanese cuisine and shows you how to make it at home in her new TV special.

Exploring our complex relationship with the Southern Cross

Warwick Thornton in a scene from his documentary film We Don't Need A Map.

Filmmaker Warwick Thornton explores national identity, nationalism.

Ben will be cooking with Oma

Masterchef 2017 contestant Ben Ungermann.

MASTERCHEF'S last man standing will draw on his Dutch heritage.

Prince Charles and Camilla heading for Qld

Prince Charles and Camilla

It promises to be a holiday fit for a King

Eddie McGuire to come back as Footy Show co-host

Eddie McGuire at the Million Dollar Lunch annual fundraiser for the Children's Cancer Foundation in Melbourne, Friday, Aug. 6, 2015. (AAP Image/Tracey Nearmy) NO ARCHIVING

Footy Show axes Craig Hutchison, Sam Newman survives

Channing Tatum’s cheeky $2400 sex toy prank

Channing Tatum in a scene from "Kingsman: The Golden Circle".

Channing Tatum went all out with his prank this time

Still downloading Game of Thrones? Expect a letter

You mean to tell me HBO want to protect one of the world’s most popular shows?

HBO title holds record as most illegally downloaded show

Owner tells of ghostly goings on at old Mackay pub

GHOST STORIES: Several people have died at the Mirani Hotel

Owner says pub is 'definitely haunted'

Developers 'pushing the envelope' with subdivisions

Darren Boettcher.

"When I said the block couldn't be subdivided, he just walked out"

'We don't want taken away': Death of big block lifestyle

BACKYARD BATTLE: Residents on Laloki St, Camira are desperately fighting to stop a subdivision and construction of a duplex going ahead in their street.

Wide open spaces could be thing of the past