Kylie Gallagher, coordinator of The Sitting Room, Maleny, is passionate about helping and supporting the community and, in her own words below, is keen to spread the word about this important space for those who need respite, connection and encouragement. 

Being a carer is exhausting, no matter how much you love the one you are caring for. The Sitting Room is a place for carers to have time out, to sit, and just breathe. No expectations. Talk if you want. Just come and be. Find a comfy chair, we’ll make you a cuppa.

Stage one is now complete, so this means we’re at a “pop-up” stage. Our volunteers have spent over 500 hours renovating the 15m x 8m Shed. It’s now being used for a “mainly music” group that is very autism friendly, and a morning tea called Secret Mum’s Business for mums of primary school kids and younger with ASD. 

It’s a place to share some wins and know there are other people who are going to “get” you which may be something you don’t find anywhere else. We know firsthand that parenting kids on the autistic spectrum is isolating and challenging. At Secret Mum’s Business we aim to reduce isolation and stress and provide a place for mums to feel like they belong and breathe. We also promise to provide great coffee thanks to @5sensescoffee and chocolate! 

Coming up, we’re excited about the possibility of providing a space for an autism playgroup called BeyondPlay, run by BeyondWords Therapy Centre in Maleny. This will be an incredible service for families and such valuable early intervention.

Our next step is to open stage two, a place that cares for carers. This will allow us to be able to run retreat days for carers, do community workshops, support groups, dad’s groups, massage chairs and family events. 

We need to raise $60,000 to be able to open and run stage two, Your Space at Our Place. The good news is that we now have tax deductible recipient status. If you’d like to donate the details are below.

If you shop at the Maleny IGA use this CBC#: 44997 to support The Sitting Room Maleny. You can make a tax deductible donation: Sitting Room Maleny BSB: 704913 A/C: 100001171 with details so we can give you a receipt. You can find more information on Facebook: the sittingroommaleny or call 5494 3565.