Fundraising partnership key for Refuge
November marks the beginning of the annual great fundraising partnership between The Car Company and Nga Wa¯ hine Tamariki Punanga o Whakatu¯ , our local Women’s Refuge.
Originally founded in 1976, the refuge has grown from a small but enthusiastic and passionate group of volunteers working out of a safehouse in Nelson, to an organisation employing 10 people with a further half-dozen volunteers.
The services the refuge provides have also grown, as demand has increased and the need for further support has been realised.
Refuge is probably most wellknown for is its 24-7 Crisisline, and the confidential safehouse to
‘‘The services the refuge provides have also grown, as demand has increased.
protect women and children from domestic abuse.
After entering the advocacy service, usually following a domestic abuse incident, women and children are then offered the opportunity to attend a programme whether they be women, teenagers or children.
The Child Youth Advocate meets children entering the services with their mother or caregiver, to ensure that voices of our smallest people and most vulnerable, are heard.
Outreach Advocates in Golden Bay and Murchison focus on the safety needs of isolated rural women and their children, offering understanding and support for women who may have limited options to just ‘‘move away’’.
A new service providing emergency accommodation outside of the safehouse enables the organisation to help those experiencing domestic abuse but who are also homeless.
Generally, this small but dedicated team works with 500 women and children. This year is no different, counting 402 clients so far since 31 November 2016. Of these 125 have been children. Seventy-two women and children have sought refuge in the Safehouse (this actually equates to 1192 bed nights).
Seventy-eight tamariki and rangatahi have completed a programme tailored to their needs and 40 women have completed their education programme.
Government part-funds these vital services and Nga Wa¯hine Tamariki Punanga o Whakatu¯ constantly applies for further grants and donations to ensure that our region receives the best support possible in the area of domestic abuse. Look out for the street collection and The Car Company fundraiser in November and please give generously.
Katie O’Donnell, manager of Nelson Women’s & Children’s Refuge Services will be out on the streets collecting for the Women’s Refuge awareness and appeal month.