Kit­ted out with kind­ness

Avon Valley Gazette - - #SNAPPERTH -

MID­LAND- based Peo­ple Who Care char­ity and the City of Swan part­nered with busi­nesses to pro­vide emer­gency es­cape kits for vic­tims of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence.

More than 600 kits will be dis­trib­uted to shel­ters through­out Perth to as­sist peo­ple in emer­gency cri­sis.

Vol­un­teer Linda Ross said cor­po­rate part­ners such as Bankwest and the Hy­att Ho­tel helped the char­ity con­tinue pro­vid­ing es­sen­tial ser­vices in a tough eco­nomic cli­mate.

“Bankwest have been giv­ing back to the com­mu­nity for so long that when we ap­proached them about help­ing to pack bags we were putting to­gether for the Pa­tri­cia Giles Cen­tre, it was like ask­ing a mem­ber of the fam­ily to help at Peo­ple Who Care,” she said.

Bankwest man­ager of vol­un­teer pro­grams Wendy Gauci said staff jumped at the chance to be in­volved.

Peo­ple Who Care chief ex­ec­u­tive Ali­son White said the project came about be­cause of an in­creas­ing num­ber of older women and fam­i­lies com­ing to the char­ity’s of­fices seek­ing help.

“I met with a num­ber of th­ese peo­ple and oth­ers who had per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ence of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence and asked them how we might best help ad­dress this com­mu­nity need,” she said.

Bankwest vol­un­teers Daniella Has­sett and Monique Ni­colls help pack the kits with Ali­son White and Til­lie Prowse.

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