South west women’s refuge cen­tre near­ing com­ple­tion

Balonne Beacon - - NEWS -

AS THE con­struc­tion of the new south-west women’s shel­ter en­ters its fi­nal phase, op­er­a­tional co-or­di­na­tor Save the Chil­dren is pro­vid­ing a num­ber of ser­vices and do­na­tion drives over the Christ­mas pe­riod.

The new gov­ern­ment­funded shel­ter, which will in­clude a num­ber of self-con­tained units with out­door areas and on-site staff, is to be com­pleted early next year.

In the in­terim, Save the Chil­dren em­ploy­ees are con­tin­u­ing to pro­vide do­mes­tic vi­o­lence sup­port across the re­gion.

“Al­though the refuge is still un­der con­struc­tion, we as a do­mes­tic vi­o­lence ser­vice are func­tional and run­ning,” Save the Chil­dren re­gional co-or­di­na­tor Theresa Kel­lett said.

“We still have the abil­ity to house peo­ple, so whether that is in the Mara­noa, Balonne shire or Mur­weh we are able to pro­vide trans­port.

“We are also able to pro­vide dif­fer­ent sup­port based on the need, we are open to meet and dis­cuss coun­selling and fu­ture plan­ning with res­i­dents.

“We en­cour­age peo­ple to get in con­tact with us even if they are un­sure.

For more in­for­ma­tion con­tact 0429 234 486.

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