Fundrais­ing part­ner­ship key for Refuge

The Leader (Tasman) - - OUT & ABOUT - KATIE O’DON­NELL

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.

MAR­ION VAN DIJK/ THE LEADER

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.

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