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Community comes together for renovation of Ballina women and children’s refuge

In December 2020, the beautifully renovated and disability accessible Ballina women and children’s refuge was officially reopened. The refuge team worked tirelessly, alongside many community supporters, to ensure the house offered a safe and welcoming space for women and children escaping domestic and family violence. The community members and organisation who assisted with the refurbishment of the refuge included, RizeUp, Ballina-on-Richmond Rotary, Carpet Call and a local organic skincare company. We would also like to thank Adrian Wilsem, Manager of the Ballina Salvage Shed, for helping to prepare the refuge for opening in his own time. Local Rotary President Dave Harmon attended the refuge reopening, which collectively raised over $5K on the day among other generous donors. These funds will assist women and children when they transition from the refuge and set up their own new homes.

Orange The World – Eliminating Violence Against Women

To show support of the United Nations 16 Days of Activism campaign, various teams across the Northern Rivers and Gold Coast dressed in orange and created an orange workplace. The UN campaign aims to raise awareness about violence against women, challenge discriminatory attitudes, and calls for improved laws and services to end violence against women for good. This year, we assisted Sam*, a long term Aboriginal Homelessness client, to achieve significant positive changes in his life. Sam lives with an acquired brain injury, sight impairment and has a life-threatening health issue. Our North Coast SHS team worked with Sam’s doctors to gather medical evidence, compile and submit his NDIS Access Request. Following a successful application, Sam engaged Momentum Collective plan management, support coordination and assistance with daily activities. Since accessing the NDIS, Sam’s overall health has improved. He is engaging in his community, increasing his social and economic participation. Most importantly, he has been able to reconnect with his children. Sam’s children have been visiting most weekends and have regular catch-ups after school. Recently, he was able to take them for their first-ever visit to a theme park for the day.

*Name changed for privacy.

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