Women and family support service receives funding boost

Published Friday, 08 September, 2017 at 12:26 PM

Minister for Communities, Women and Youth, Minister for Child Safety and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence
The Honourable Shannon Fentiman

A Gold Coast charity supporting women affected by domestic and family violence will soon have new wheels thanks to funding from the Queensland Government’s Dignity First Fund.

Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence Shannon Fentiman said RizeUp Limited’s Starting Over – Safe Homes After Leaving Abuse program received $157,490 in round 2 of the $2.5 million fund, which was established in 2016 to support projects that help people experiencing homelessness to live with dignity.

Ms Fentiman said many women who leave domestic violence situations can take very few possessions with them, making the prospect of starting a new home from scratch daunting.

“There are so many items in the average home that you take for granted, until you reach for something and it isn’t there,” Ms Fentiman said.

“RizeUp provide all kinds of household items like furniture, linen, and utensils to help women and children settle in to their new home.

“They also provide food, school items like books and bags.

“This funding means volunteers will have two new vehicles to transport household items to women and families who have made the brave decision to flee violent homes.

“I am so pleased that the Dignity First Fund is supporting RizeUp to support women in this way.”

A volunteer support coordinator will also be funded for three days a week for 12 months through the Dignity First Fund.

Public Works Minister Mick de Brenni said the Dignity First Fund was designed to encourage innovative, non-traditional ideas to help people experiencing homelessness through the hard times.

“The Fund has proven how much difference you can make with a good idea, a lot of heart and a little money,” Mr de Brenni said.

“The Dignity First Fund has already brought some fantastic ideas to life.

“Young people transitioning out of homelessness are learning how to drive, a mobile barbershop is providing haircuts on the street, and café style dining is serving up food along with employment and training opportunities.

“Whatever situation you’re in, you have the right to live with dignity, and Dignity First projects help deliver that.”




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