Lions give aid to women’s refuge
The Tokoroa Women’s Support Centre and Refuge says a donation from Tokoroa Host Lions will help the South Waikato community in many ways.
Whether it be to assist with their 24/ 7 crisis phone line, transferral of clients to other communities when at risk, transport to see a lawyer, or referral to other agencies, providing information, education, safety plans, maintaining their safety house, phone bills, assessment and counselling the support goes a long way.
Tokoroa Host Lions member John Wadey went to the centre of 26 years service and talked with the women. ‘‘ In the modern world, where people don’t want to do anything, I think it is absolutely outstanding the work they do there,’’ Mr Wadey said.
Val Scott has been at the centre and refuge for more than 20 years and said the organisation was most grateful to receive the generous $8000 donation from the Tokoroa Host Lions.
‘‘If a client wants to use the safe house, they usually just come in with the clothes they’ve got on. ‘‘No money, no food, nothing. ‘‘We would like to commend the Tokoroa Host Lions club on the behind-the-scenes work they do to raise money for our community,’’ Mrs Scott said.
Melisa Cobham, an advocate and supporter for three years, said the six part-time staff were there to give women options. ‘‘We are not here to judge her decision but we are here to educate her and support her.’’
Mrs Scott said they had had 342 clients at the safe house, 1700 support line phone calls, made 260 home visits and mailed 274 information packs.
‘‘We are kept very busy, are getting more and more clients each year. (I) don’t know if there is more domestic violence out there or people are informing the police more.’’ Libby Kissick is a WINTEC journalism student
ADVOCATES: Sue Turnbull, Val Scott and Melisa Cobham.