Lions give aid to women’s refuge

South Waikato News - - NEWS - By LIBBY KIS­SICK

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.

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