A new car purchased thanks to a grant is helping women and children travel around Perth.

The Youth services St John of God Outreach program was successful in securing a grant from Lotterywest.

Outreach Program

The outreach program provides individual support for young women aged 14 – 18 years who have experienced family and domestic violence.

Meeting in person is essential to help build their capacity to enable them to live independently and safely in the community.

Many of the young women have previously been accommodated at Kira House, which is the only 24 hour accessible crisis accommodation service for this age group in WA, and so come from all over the Perth.

Transporting women and children

Youth Program Manager Dawn McAleenan said the new car will make a big difference to women receiving support.

Approximately 30% of these young women have accompanying children but unfortunately the old vehicle was not big enough to transport their children, which caused additional barriers during support.

We are now able to transport women and children when they need it.

The Lotterywest grant totalled $13,474 and the car was purchased recently from Phoenix Holden.

Youth Services

Rise Community Network provides a number of services for youth. This includes a youth centre, safe house, transitional centre and helping teenagers to get their driver’s licence. Read more here.