Yarrabilba community initiatives - bringing a little hope where it’s needed most

At Yarrabilba, we believe in fostering a strong and caring community where everyone feels supported and valued. At the heart of it, we’re all about inclusivity and that’s why we’re excited to share a range of initiatives that bring a little hope to those who may need it most.

Yarrabilba is proud to be a community that is committed to inclusivity, where everyone feels supported. There are a range of local initiatives and support networks, available to assist any residents who may need an extra helping hand.

New Salvos Store

Introducing the new Salvos Store on 60 Mill Street at Yarrabilba, a positive step forward to help create a connected community, that uplifts and empowers each and every member in need.

Now open to the public, the new retail store offers a range of quality pre-loved goods. From beautiful homeware, electrical goods, furniture, clothing & accessories for men, women and children; through to toys, Manchester and a book library, just to name a few categories.

Salvos Stores Manager, Madeleine McGowan said the new store was a great addition to the growing business community on Mill Street.

“We are a retail op-shop that recycles quality preloved goods that are generously donated and divert 100 percent of the profits from purchases to fund Salvation Army programs that transform Australian lives for the better,” she said.

“Not only will donating and shopping in the new Salvos store divert items from landfill and have a positive impact on our environment, but Salvation Army programs also assist in the community with homelessness services; alcohol and other drug services; disaster recovery services and emergency relief; financial counselling and emergency financial relief; Red Shield defence services; family and domestic violence; youth and parenting services; just to name a few. We have Salvation Army representatives working closely with community in Yarrabilba, so we are proud to offer this additional service.

“We are now accepting donations. We rely on donated goods, and we graciously accept items that are in good used, or new condition. We also offer free home collections. By calling 137 258.”

Calling all volunteers

Salvation Stores are always on the lookout for new volunteers to join their crew.

Whether it’s a few hours or a few days each week, it all makes a difference.

The Yarrabilba store is looking for volunteers right now, no need to wait until they open.

Volunteers make a positive impact in the community, gain new skills and experience, develop lasting friendships and get to be part of a fun team.

To become a local volunteer at the Salvos Yarrabilba, drop into the store anytime and say hello, make an appointment by emailing ss.yarrabilba@salvationarmy.org.au , or click here to apply online.

5Fold Director, Melinda Hartley  


Also thriving in our neighbourhood is 5FOLD, a not-for-profit charity, that desires to build the Yarrabilba community through helping develop individuals and families. Since 5FOLD opened its doors in December 2021, they have helped over 5000 people throughout the community. Whether it is with breakfast clubs, emergency relief, counselling, budgeting, JP services, haircuts or their pre-loved Op Shop, wherever there is a need, 5FOLD is in the community, supporting residents and helping to create a more connected Yarrabilba. 5Fold also give out free bread, fruit and vegetables to those that need it within the community.

5FOLD Director, Melinda Hartley says 5FOLD genuinely care about each person's wellbeing and work with them, where they are at, to develop understanding and identify immediate needs within their environment. To do this, they assist in providing clothing, food, shelter, support and training.

“We focus on helping at the root cause of the problem to actually affect change in people’s life,” Melinda said.

“We do this by taking a holistic look at one's circumstances and providing safe and non-judgemental place where people can come and have a cuppa and chat and feel comfortable talking to us.

“We focus on helping change perspectives and educate to maximise one's potential in life.”

By encouraging a strength-based framework, 5FOLD equips people to action their weaknesses into opportunities.

With their June Appeal already up and running, 5FOLD is currently calling for financial donations so they can continue to provide assistance to the community. If you’d like to give a donation, click here to visit the website.

5FOLD are also looking for volunteers to join their friendly team. If you are interested, please connect with Melinda at connect@5fold.org.au or on 0423 639 051. Whether you need a helping hand or just some encouragement, there are plenty of support networks available in Yarrabilba, who are eager to bring a smile to your face and support when you need it most.