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New Housing Collaboration Welcomes Two New Partners and Provides Secure Housing for 20 Homeless Women

A new housing model which involves the collaboration of property owners, domestic violence services and community housing providers is delighted to welcome two new partners to their unique housing collaboration. Twilight Aged Care and Link Housing will join founding partners, Women’s Community Shelters, PAYCE Foundation and Bridge Housing as part of their newly created Pathways Home model.

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End of Financial Year Giving

End of Financial Year Giving for Women and Children escaping Domestic and Family Violence

Every night across Australia over 56,000 women are homeless and over 220 women are turned away from crisis services when they need accommodation. More than two thirds of these women have dependent children with them.*

It doesn’t matter if she is 7 or 77, we walk beside her every single day and now more than ever before, we need your end of year gift.

Qualitative research has shown that children exposed to family, domestic and sexual violence can experience long-term effects on their development and have increased risk of mental health issues, and behavioural and learning difficulties.**

Currently, we support over 400 women and children shelters across our existing shelter network of seven shelters. With two new shelters in the pipeline for 2020-2021, we will increase that support by over 150 women and children who find themselves homeless per annum.

Walk Beside us NOW so that we can continue to deliver services to our network.

*Australian Institute of Health and Welfare **Campo 2015

Women’s Community Shelters CEO, Annabelle Daniel, receives Medal of the Order of Australia in Queen’s Birthday 2020 Honours List

Annabelle Juliet Daniel, OAM
Photo Credit: Edward Mulvihill

Women’s Community Shelters (WCS) is delighted to announce that Chief Executive Officer, Annabelle Daniel, has received the The Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) GENERAL DIVISION “For service to women through social welfare initiatives”.

On 7 June 2020, the Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia announced the Queen’s Birthday 2020 Honours List, recognising 933 Australians.

“Each and every day, it is the many endeavours of the Australian people that make us the compassionate, ingenious, resilient and harmonious country we are so proud to be. There are some whose contribution goes beyond the ordinary, who make an exceptional and remarkable difference to the nation, to their communities and to the lives of others.” – Chancellor of the order of Australia

As CEO of Women’s Community Shelters, Ms Daniel has worked tirelessly with local communities, corporates, philanthropists and with all levels of government to address the growing scourge of domestic and family violence.

Chair of WCS, Kris Neill, said the award was greatly deserved recognition of Ms Daniel’s achievements. “Annabelle joined Women’s Community Shelters as its first CEO in 2013 and with her team, has opened seven shelters in NSW providing emergency accommodation for women and children. WCS has also opened accommodation for older single women – the fastest growing homelessness cohort.

“In addition, under Annabelle’s leadership, WCS has expanded its services to include transitional housing for families leaving its shelters and an education program, Walk the Talk, that reached over 2500 high school students in 2019,” Ms Neill said.

In 2019, the WCS network provided vital services to 370 women and children and 20,211 additional ‘bed nights’ to the sector.

WCS is currently working with two local communities to expand its shelter network and increase the number of bed nights available to women and children in need.

Photo Credit: Edward Mulvihill for Stellar Magazine