Mother Hubbard's Cupboard in search of beds and mattresses

Hopeful: Mother Hubbard's Cupboard volunteers Eva Campbell, Cheryl Turner, Sue Cross and Val Stewart hope more people will donate. Picture: Kayla Osborne
Hopeful: Mother Hubbard's Cupboard volunteers Eva Campbell, Cheryl Turner, Sue Cross and Val Stewart hope more people will donate. Picture: Kayla Osborne

Having a nice, comfy bed to lay down on at night is something most people take for granted.

But the team at Mother Hubbard's Cupboard know just how hard it can be to find an affordable bed.

The Elderslie charity wants to help people fleeing domestic violence or escaping homelessness through its Beds Above Boards program.

Association president Val Stewart said beds were a highly sought after item.

"We have a situation where supply is just not meeting demand," she said.

"So many people are in need of beds and we are struggling to get them.

"We recently had a family of eight come in - they were homeless - so we needed six single beds for the kids and a queen bed for the mum and dad.

"That pretty much cleaned us out of single beds."

Ms Stewart said they applied for a Camden Council Community Support Grant to help them purchase beds, with donations running low.

"We were lucky to get about $10,000 so we will use that to purchase beds," she said.

"We also want to support local so we purchase the beds from Furniture One and they always give us a good deal."

Ms Stewart said they would normally rely on community donations.

"We had donations drop off a bit as we lost about 85 per cent of our volunteers due to Covid restrictions," she said.

"We had to ask people to stop donations for a while as we were unable to process everything coming in with such a small team.

"But we are getting back on track now and we welcome any donations of beds and mattresses that are in good condition.

"Chests of drawers and tallboys are also welcome because people always need a place to store their clothes.

"We are also looking for sheets, towels and doonas, so that when people need to take a bed we can give them the full package."

Mother Hubbard's Cupboard has been serving the community for more than 12 years now.

Ms Stewart said the community had always provided great support to the organisation.

"So many people have been really supportive of us over the years," she said.

"People have always wanted to donate items to us which is lovely.

"We also take whitegoods now because we hire an electrician who can check and tag the items for us."

People can also purchase items in the shop to support Mother Hubbard's Cupboard.

Camden Council has awarded almost $420,000 in funding to small businesses and community groups through its Covid-19 support package.

Camden mayor Theresa Fedeli said it was important to support the community through such unprecedented times.

"It is our job as a council to help and support the community we serve and these funds will go a long way to doing that," Cr Fedeli said.

"This funding, together with the $100 rate rebate which saw a massive 93 per cent of ratepayers see a decrease in their rates, is just some of the assistance council is providing to our residents battling through Covid-19.

"We are all in this together and it is equally important that council is financially responsible and stable, so we can continue to invest in the community even after we get through the pandemic."

Applications were assessed by council officers using set guidelines and criteria to ensure probity and consistency in evaluating the requests.

Local businesses were also granted more than $300,000 in funding as part of the council's Quick Response Grant earlier this year, with small businesses able to apply for up to $2000 to meet short term operational commitments.

Details: mhccamden.com.au or 9191 4999.