To: Warringah Councils Community Manager Ruth Robins and her Committee Members, Michael Regan Mayor of Warringah

Application for the premises at 34a Howard Avenue, Dee Why

Dear Warringah Council, please consider SMS LIGHTHOUSE, Single Mums Support to occupy the property at 34a Howard Avenue, Dee Why in order to set up a Support Service for Single Mums from all cultures and nationalities.

Why is this important?

On our Northern Beaches in Sydney there are some amazing services, however, there is not 1 service that is set up to cater ONLY for the Single Mums.

SMS LIGHTHOUSE, Single Mums Support is a service who has a vision to set up a centre where mums can come to receive hand in hand support.

A place where they are loved and not Judged
A place where they can get genuine practical help. eg bread/clothes/furniture
A place that will advocate and mediate on their behalf
A place where they can be educated and taught strategies on how to get on with life as a single parent, letting go of victim mentality
A place where they can get assistance with admin and document writing
A place where they can get a hand up not just a hand out
A place where they can make friends and connect with other mums who understand their hardships

A beautiful place where they can just come for a coffee and a break while their children play in the back yard or the toy room.

This, SINGLE MUMS SUPPORT, is a service that makes welcome any single mum. Isolation is a word that does not exist within SMS.

The current stats within the Warringah Shire is that 12.2% of the family composition are Single Parents. Of this percentage 80.8% are female.