Taking a Stand for Young Women

Illawarra Womens Health CentreIn only 6 days we have raised over $10,000, which is incredible!

A huge thank you to those who have supported us so far.

BUT it means we only have 4 days left to raise the remaining amount ($9,000), and be able to keep running this exceptional program – empowering young women to protect themselves against domestic violence (in all its forms), be mentally healthy and resilient and lead healthy sexual and reproductive lives.

It’s a highly successful program, which we have developed locally, working with young women in the more marginalised suburbs of the Illawarra – many of whom are at risk.

If you have liked or shared our facebook page thank you so much. Please consider also donating.

Every dollar counts – and your support now would be fantastic (and tax deductible!)

We know it’s an ambitious target  – but we believe we can do it.  With your help.

Click on the picture and have a look at the powerful video on the crowdfunding page – where the young women talk – in their own words – about the benefits of the program!



OneFACS Service Centre | Expression of Interest

I am writing with the exciting news that the OneFACS Service Centre expression of interest (EOI) for all non-government organisations in the Illawarra Shoalhaven District is now open and accessible via the Community Builders website.

In June 2015, the NSW Department of Family and Community Services (FACS) Illawarra Shoalhaven District (ISD) will deliver a state of the art OneFACS Service Centre in Coniston.

The aim of the Centre is to provide an integrated and innovative space where non-government organisations (NGOs) and government agencies can work together to break the cycle of disadvantage for local clients. Through the co-location of the three FACS agencies (Community Services; Ageing, Disability and Home Care; and, Housing NSW) and local human service providers, it is envisaged that the Centre will create collaborative and coordinated responses to endemic social issues in the Illawarra and Shoalhaven.

To realise these aims, ISD is seeking NGOs who can provide support in the following areas:

  • people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness;
  • people suffering from financial hardship or joblessness, or those at risk;
  • people affected by domestic or family violence;
  • people with disabilities;
  • people with mental illness;
  • people with substance misuse issues;
  • children and youth at risk
  • families at risk; or,
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities.

All information and documentation regarding the EOI process, including the application form and applicant guide is available on the Community Builders website from 9am Monday,16 March until 2pm on Monday, 13 April 2015. Please note that any applications sent after this time will not be assessed. You DO NOT need to login into the website to complete your application, simply click on the relevant link to the application form.

When completing your application please make sure all the information requested is provided as incomplete applications may not be assessed. Please do not send any attachments with your application as they will not be assessed.

For information regarding your application please email Michael Tyrpenou via michael.tyrpenou@facs.nsw.gov.au

Daisy: Connecting women with services

Meet Daisy, an app that connects women experiencing gendered violence to state and local services. Daisy was launched today by Rosie Batty and Senator the Honourable Michaelia Cash and is available for download now from Google Play.

Available soon in the App Store

Why Daisy?
We know that violence against women is unacceptable, and nothing women do, say, drink or wear means they deserve unwanted sexual contact, violence or controlling behaviour. Daisy supports services and women with appropriate technology: an easy-to-use, centralised service listing of options for connecting with help. Daisy lists services in your state or territory, including specialist services, housing and legal services. And Daisy is not only for women experiencing violence: use her to find the right services for your clients.

Share Daisy
Download Daisy and see what you think. The technology tips are particularly useful when working with women to increase cyber safety. You can share Daisy by tweeting #iamdaisy with the link http://bit.ly/1zjwbcU and by adding the avatar to your Facebook and Twitter pages.

Who made Daisy?
Daisy is brought to you by 1800RESPECT and has been developed with input from all State and Territory governments, and funded by the Australian Government under the Second Action Plan of the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-2022.