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New car helps support women and children

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.

Donate to a cause to buy a school uniforms for disadvantaged young women

Buy a school uniform for a young woman

Many children are returning to school this week, however some will not have the appropriate school uniform.

Rise Community Network offers community members the chance to buy school uniforms for those who are less fortunate.

Kira House

Rise Community Network operates Kira House, which is a crisis home for young women aged 14-18 years. Young women can be leaving a violent family or domestic situation. Some of the young women who come to us have nothing more than the clothes on their back.

Continuing education

It is important for young people to continue their education. This provides many options later in life. However, many of these young women do not have school uniforms, either for a new school or to ‘fit in’.

With your gift, we can purchase her a summer or winter uniform for school.

How you can help

For a donation of $125 you can provide a vulnerable young woman a uniform and help her continue her education. Your donations are gratefully received. You can donate here.

Disadvantaged women keep their dignity thanks to kind donation

 

Sanity products in boxes on the floor with a member of Rise staff lying below them
Share the Dignity visited Rise recently to donate sanitary items to some of the women we support in Youth and Mental Health services.

Share the Dignity was established in March 2015. The charity provides sanitary items for women free of charge. The charity was founded by Rochelle Courtenay after she read an article about homeless women being without sanitary items during their periods. Rochelle decided that something needed to be done about this and set up a collection for women in need. The first drive collected 450 sanitary items. As word spread, this soon grew and in August the charity collected over 150,000 packs of pads and tampons! The huge amount of sanitary products collected have been shared amongst a variety of charities and that’s how Rise was fortunate enough to receive some of these.

Sanitary items are essential for women but for women on low income, having a period is an additional expense and one which they may not be able to afford. Having access to free sanitary items makes such a difference, as no woman should suffer the indignity of choosing between eating and buying sanitary items.     

We would like to thank Share the Dignity for their very kind donation.

Dawn McAleenan

Program Manager – Youth