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New Leadership at Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Women’s Shelter

keep doors open to women and children facing domestic violence and homelessness

HKWS and Bendigo Bank…

…unite to raise $200,000 in 10 days for a Safe Place.

Health professionals…

and domestic violence case managers partner amidst COVID-19 crisis.

Silent Pandemic:

Women facing domestic violence and homelessness are even more vulnerable.

More funding…

…for domestic violence services needed to cope with Christmas and New Year.

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Small but mighty supporters! Alex, Rose and Leo are some of the youngest but mightiest supporters of HKWS. They recently set up a stall selling home-grown mandarins and muffins to raise money for Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Women’s Shelter. Not only did they raise funds, but they topped it up with contributions from their own savings! Their mum, Jen, is one of our HKWS board members. Alex said he’d like to volunteer at the shelter one day, just like his mum. And Rose said they fundraised because they “wanted to help women be safe.” What inspiring children, and of course a wonderful role model in Jen. Thank you all so much for supporting women who seek the services of HKWS. You are amazing. #thankyou #community #wcs #hkws

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“I wish I wasn’t in this role and that a service like HKWS had to exist, but unfortunately I am and it does. We are in a national crisis of family and domestic violence and whilst the government funding recently announced was welcomed, it unfortunately doesn’t reach shelters like ours, so now more than ever we need support from the community...” 👉Em, General Manager at HKWS 🫴We need your help now to raise $200K by June 30 to make sure we can deliver a full program of holistic care to every woman who arrives at HKWS. Your support will ensure every woman has the tailored care she needs to create a brighter future, never returning to a life of fear and violence. You can change the life of a woman today by making a tax-deductible donation via the link here https://drct-hkws.prod.supporterhub.net/donations/eofy-2024 🫶To those who have already given, thank you. We can’t provide this important service without you. #HKWS #EOFY #donate #WCC

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💛 A heartfelt thank you to the Rotary Club of Wahroonga for your continued support of Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Women’s Shelter. In this instance, as a nominated beneficiary of funds raised at the Bobbin Head Cycle Classic 🚴‍♀️ Here is a photo of our volunteer, supporter and advocate Jo Moffat with board member Kate and our General Manager Emily. Em is being handed a cheque for $9,200 by Wahroonga Rotary President Mentie Knowles. 🌸 This amount is life changing. For example, it could provide one week of safety and support for nine women at HKWS. Special thank you to Jo for coordinating our HKWS volunteers at the Bobbo, it’s a big task. And of course, thank you to everyone who volunteered on the day! 👏👏 The Bobbo is a tremendous community event that gives back to so many worthy charities and causes. We are so grateful to be one of them. Thank you Wahroonga Rotary Club, we couldn’t provide this important service without you 🥰 Women's Community Shelters #HKWS #WCS #WahroongaRotaryClub #BobbinHeadCC

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🤝Will you partner with us in making a tangible difference in the lives of women in crisis? Your donation, no matter the size, will have a profound impact and help us continue our vital work in creating a safer, more compassionate community for all. Hornsby Ku-Ring-Gai Women's Shelter is a registered charity and financial donations over $2 are tax deductible. All funds raised go back to support women in our care. 👉Donate via the link / here: https://drcthkws.prod.supporterhub.net/donations/eofy-2024

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Can you help? We are looking for a second Printer/Scanner to use at the Shelter 🖨️ If you or your business are able to donate this item to us, please contact our team at ua.gro.swkh@eciffo We are looking for one that has a double-sided scanning function! Thank you so much. Team HKWS 💖

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📣 Whilst our community, like board member Kate, works tirelessly supporting the needs of women in our care, our resources are stretched thin, and the demand for our services continues to rise. Despite our best efforts, we are forced to turn away women in need because we are at capacity - a heartbreaking reality that underscores the urgent need for action. 💪 We need your help now to raise $200K by June 30 to make sure we can deliver a full program of holistic care to every woman who arrives at Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Women’s Shelter. Your support will ensure every woman has the tailored care she needs to create a brighter future, never returning to a life of fear and violence. 👉You can change the life of a woman today by making a tax-deductible donation via the link in our bio #EOFY #HKWS #WCC #boardmember #annualgivingappeal

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Here are two inspiring notes written to Angelica, our wonderful Shelter Lead, by two recent residents. THIS is the impact your support has 💜 Every woman who walks through our doors is greeted with kindness. In our safe and secure shelter, she embarks on a journey. Guided by Angelica, our team of experienced and compassionate case workers walk beside each resident, every step of the way 🦋 Please consider joining us in making a tangible difference in the lives of women in crisis by making a donation before June 30 at https://drct-hkws.prod.supporterhub.net/donations/eofy-2024 Your support will have a profound impact and help us continue our vital work and create a safer, more compassionate community for all. Thank you ❤️ #HKWS #EOFY2024 #WCS Women's Community Shelters

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🌟 Join @nickmcardle_oz and #TeamHKWS for City2Surf 2024! 🌟 Make a difference while getting fit and having fun! 🏃‍♀️🏅 This year, we’re inviting YOU to run the City2Surf with us to support HKWS on Sunday, August 11! Grab some friends and walk, run or dance to the finish line to help us raise awareness and funds for the vital work of our women’s shelter. 🏃 Just follow two simple steps via the link in our bio to sign up! 1️⃣ Register for the City2Surf first (you can enter via our fundraising page) 2️⃣ Join Team HKWS If you can’t make it on the day, you can still support HKWS via the Team HKWS page! 🥰 By running or supporting our shelter in the City2Surf, you are empowering women, raising awareness, and helping put an end to domestic and family violence in our community. Thank you for caring and we can’t wait to see you on August 11! . . . . . #HKWS #teamHKWS #City2Surf #c2s #LetsRunSydney#runforshelter #WCS#empowerwomen

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This is a photo of Chris and Ros from Plant Rescue Ku-ring-gai. We call Chris and Ros our garden angels 😇. Last year, they came to Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Women’s Shelter and planted a wide variety of gorgeous rescue plants throughout our garden. Recently, they’ve come back to check up on the plants, do some gardening and plant more! Here they are sitting in front of a stunning Salvia plant, which grew from nothing into this lush backdrop. The love and care from our garden angels has transformed our yard into a healing oasis. We are so grateful for your ongoing support of HKWS, Chris and Ros - thank you. #HKWS #WCS #ThankYou

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“…a reconciled Australia is one where our rights as First Australians are not just respected but championed in all the places that matter…” - Kirstie Parker, @reconciliationaus It’s National Reconciliation Week. At Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Women’s Shelter, we encourage our community to reflect and learn about the five dimensions of reconciliation: historical acceptance; race relations; equality and equity; institutional integrity and unity. Reconciliation is everyone’s business. You can learn more and take action in a range of ways by visiting reconciliation.org.au #reconciliationweek #HKWS #WCC

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🙌 An enormous thank you to everyone who contributed to the amazing success of the Lindfield Fun Run last Sunday 🏃‍♀️🏃 What a fabulous day! The sun was shining, the sausages sizzling, and our community our in force! 🎉 To the Barker College students who arrived before dawn, setting up all the tents, furniture and equipment in the cold and dark, you are stars! 🌟 To all the HKWS volunteers and competitors, family and friends, from babies to grandparents, you represent all that is special about our community. Contributing in so many ways. A special shout out to HKWS board member, Kate Giles, for her significant role, in not only planning this event over many months, and arriving pre-dawn, but also running on the day with all her family! Jen Teh, another board member, also ran with her family 🦋 Congratulations to all the participants - always a mighty effort! 💪 Ku-ring-gai Rotary Club are the powerhouse behind the event. Proceeds from the day will be directed to KYDS Youth Development Service and HKWS ❤️❤️ #HKWS #WCS #LindfieldFunRun2024 #CommunitySupport Women's Community Shelters

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🌟 Meet Nick! “My family and I have supported HKWS for a few years now, and I became actively involved last year when I was invited to join a committee. Most recently as a Board Director and Chair of the Assets Committee, I’ve been able to use my expertise to drive real change. In my life beyond HKWS, I work for a large corporate in a sustainability role, and I sit on the gender equity committee. I’m (a bit of a health freak!) very health conscious and always enjoy a good run! As a dad and a local resident, I'm passionate about supporting women experiencing gender based violence and homelessness. While men’s behaviour is the problem, men play an important role in finding a solution. I hope I can influence other men to speak out widely and to act locally. Our shelter is truly a place of refuge, with kind and caring staff, and compassionate volunteers, all working together to support each resident on their journey to rebuild their lives. HKWS is such a welcoming community, and volunteering with this inspiring group of people is so rewarding.” Thank you so much Nick for all of the incredible work you do for our shelter! 💜 🌻 #HKWS #WCS #MeetOurTeam #volunteer

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As part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, USYD - University of Sydney and Domestic Violence NSW are holding a special community film screening of ‘Blaze’ directed by Archibald prize winning artist Del Kathryn Barton. 📅When: Friday May 24. ⏰Time: 5:15 PM 📍 Where: Eastern Avenue Building, Lecture Theatre 315, Camperdown Campus ‘Blaze’ is a feature film that uses Barton’s distinctive style to explore how creativity can be a source of healing for children victim-survivors exposed to violence. The screening will be followed by a recorded conversation with the film’s director. This is an excellent way to get involved this Domestic Violence Awareness Month! Head to this link for more information

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✨ National Volunteer Week 2024 An enormous thank you to all our volunteers for the vital role you play in providing a safe and secure home for the women who seek our care. We are so grateful for your kindness, compassion and your generosity of spirit. Through giving your time and sharing your expertise you are changing lives 💐 📷 We have created a collage of some of our fabulous volunteers over the past few years. See if you can spot yourself! We couldn’t do what we do without you! Thank you! 👏 ❤️ #HKWS #WCS #NVW2024 #volunteers #thankyou #community Volunteering Australia Women's Community Shelters Barker College Pymble Ladies' College

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🌟 Join #TeamHKWS for City2Surf 2024! 🌟 Are you ready to make a difference while getting fit and having fun? 🏃‍♀️🏅 This year, we’re inviting YOU to run the City2Surf with us to support HKWS on Sunday, August 11! Grab some friends and walk, run or dance to the finish line to help us raise awareness and funds for the vital work of our women's shelter. 🏃🕺 https://city2surf24.grassrootz.com/hornsby-ku-ring-gai-women-s-shelter Just follow two simple steps via this link👆 to sign up! 1️⃣ Register for the City2Surf via our fundraising page 2️⃣ Join Team HKWS If you can’t make it on the day, you can still support HKWS via the Team HKWS page! 🥰 By running or supporting our shelter in the City2Surf, you are empowering women, raising awareness, and helping put an end to domestic and family violence in our community. Thank you for caring and we can’t wait to see you on August 11! 💖🌻 . . . . . #HKWS #teamHKWS #City2Surf #c2s #LetsRunSydney#runforshelter #WCS#empowerwomen

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Last Friday our case workers and residents shared a beautiful lunch together. It was a time to reflect and connect. Each woman cooked a dish meaningful to them and was given a surprise gift, thanks to The Body Shop 🫧 💖 🌱 Here are some words from our Shelter Lead Angelica… “We had a wonderful harmony lunch to celebrate the unique bond we share as women. Each woman contributed a special dish, creating a space where we could come together to celebrate one another. The women shared their strengths and what they have found at the shelter. They expressed that it was more than just enjoying a meal, ‘we appreciated the warmth, and the feeling that loneliness is in the past as we gain new support from today and into the future.’” Gatherings like this bring our core goal at HKWS to the fore; that of empowering women in crisis to create happier, brighter futures. Each of these women is on this upward journey 🦋 💜 #HKWS #WCS #harmony #empowerment #support

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Berowra Quilters have done it again! More beautifully crafted quilts have been donated to the women at our shelter. We are constantly in awe of the craftsmanship and stunning fabrics used for these quilts. More than this, these quilts are a symbol of love and care - of a woman feeling wrapped and supported by our team of case workers at HKWS and of course the broader community of individuals and groups who support this service. Thank you once again for donating these special quilts. Team HKWS x #community #hkwshelter #womenscommunityshelters

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🌻 As we approach the end of the financial year, the team at Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Women's Shelter is reaching out to you with a heartfelt appeal. We urgently need your support to continue our crucial mission of providing safety, security and practical assistance to women who are escaping domestic violence and homelessness. Last year you helped us to transform our Shelter into a welcoming home, this year we are asking you to help transform the lives of the women who are coming to the Shelter 💜 Imagine the journey of a woman who has endured unimaginable hardships, traumatised and trapped in a cycle of abuse and fear. Each woman who walks through our doors embarks on a journey of healing and empowerment. Guided by our team of experienced and compassionate case workers, we walk beside her every step of the way 🦋 Visit https://drct-hkws.prod.supporterhub.net/donations/eofy-2024 to learn more about a woman’s journey at HKWS and to make a tax-deductible donation before June 30. Thank you for being part of our community and supporting women who seek our care. We're very grateful for the role you play in changing the lives of women experiencing domestic violence and homelessness ❤️ The team at HKWS x #HKWS #EOFY2024 #WCS Women's Community Shelters

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Julie Griffin has supported HKWS right from the start in so many ways 💖 This year, her creative group the Epping Weavers, Embroiderers and Spinners, are holding an exhibition - Fibre Creations - on May 24-26 at the Epping Creative Centre. Proceeds will be directed to HKWS. The creative work produced by this group is fabulous and we’d love you to visit the exhibition and sale 🧶 🪡 Thank you Julie for being such a champion for the women we support at the shelter 🌼 #HKWS #WCS #supporters #thankyou

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🏃‍♀️ We're gearing up for the Lindfield Fun Run and we need your amazing energy to make it an unforgettable day! Can you lend a hand and volunteer for one of the many roles available? 📅 When: Sunday, May 19, 2024 🕕 Time: Rise and shine early for a morning of volunteering fun! Start times vary depending on position. 🚩 Volunteer Positions*: - Course Marshalls: Be the cheer squad and guide runners along the course. - Stall Volunteers: Help out at the HKWS stall. If you can lend a hand, please register interest here: https://hornsbyku-ring-gaiwomensshelter.cmail19.com/t/j-l-glyjjly-iudjgljhd-j/ Why volunteer? 🏡 Be a part of our generous community 🏡 Connect with likeminded locals 🏡 Make memories and meet friends 🏡 Treat yourself to some post-event goodies 🏡 Feel like a superhero supporting HKWS If you are unable to join us on the day you can always buy raffle tickets to show your support.

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Happy Mother's Day from HKWS 💜 Today we celebrate all mothers. New mothers, mothers to be, those missing their mothers, mothers missing their children, those who have stepped in to be mothers, and mothers we chose for ourselves 🌺 Today we express our love and gratitude to you 🥰

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A message from our Chair, Catherine Knox ❤️ Violence against women is making headlines in the media. We understand this can be distressing and confronting for everyone in our community. In May, Domestic Violence Awareness Month, this is especially poignant. HKWS extends our deepest sympathies to the families, friends and communities of the 32 women who have been murdered this year. Each individual woman matters, and their loss will always be felt by all those who knew and loved them. We also acknowledge each woman who lives 'walking on eggshells', isolated and fearful, with the daily threat of violence and abuse. 1 in 4 women in Australia, irrespective of where they live or what job they do, will experience violence in their lifetime. This does occur in our community where it is often hiding in plain sight. We all deserve to live in a world where relationships are safe and respectful. Much of this violence and abusive control comes from a minority of people. It is preventable. It requires open minds, education, understanding, commitment, kindness and empathy. 🦋 Everyone at HKWS acknowledges the wonderful men and women in our community who are kind and respectful and show great generosity of spirit in supporting our work and calling out violence and abuse when they see it. As our Ambassador and rugby broadcaster Nick McArdle says, "We all have a responsibility to act, to do things differently, and to care about the type of community we wish to live in." Domestic Violence and abuse is a solvable problem. Everyone can play a role, and with your help, we can change the paradigm. This matters. Please remember help is always available. If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic abuse, or if you have been triggered by any media content, please contact the helplines pinned at the top of our page. 🌻

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An enormous thank you to the Lions Club of Hornsby for recently donating a range of hair items and products for the women at Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Women’s Shelter. There were hairdryers, brushes, straighteners and curlers! We are so grateful for the ongoing support of the Hornsby Lions Club. Thank you all for supporting the women who seek our care and helping to make their futures brighter. Team HKWS x #hkws #WCS #community #thankyou #hornsbylionsclub @lionsclubs

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PSA 📣 Lindfield Fun Run is coming up on Sunday May 19, and there's still time to register for the 2km, 5km or 10km! We'll be there on the day at the HKWS tent, so come say hi 👋 👉Can't make the day but still want to support those running for HKWS? You can still support us by donating to our fundraising page here: https://go.lindfieldfunrun.org.au/donation Funds raised will go directly to supporting women in our care. KYDS Youth Development Service Lindfield FunRun

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Today is Domestic Violence Remembrance Day. It is a day to reflect and remember those who have tragically lost their lives to domestic and family violence.🕯️ On average, in Australia, one woman a week is murdered by her current or former partner. This year, these statistics are even higher with 28 women murdered in the first 17 weeks of 2024. This is unacceptable. Today also marks the first day of Domestic Violence Prevention Month. During this month, we ask you to consider further supporting Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Women’s Shelter in our mission to provide safety and hope to women affected by domestic violence, those who seek our care. Your support enables us to offer a wide range of crucial services, including emergency shelter, counselling, legal advocacy, educational programs, life skills opportunities, financial support and employment pathways. HKWS provides so much more than just a bed for the night. Our goal is for a woman to leave our doors with dignity, independence, agency and hope for her future. 🌻 By contributing today, you can directly empower survivors to rebuild their lives free from fear and violence. You can make a tax-deductible donation via the link in our bio 👆 We are immensely grateful for the ongoing support of our community, especially during Domestic Violence Prevention Month. While we are facing a national crisis, by acting locally, you can make a real difference in the life of a woman. Thank you 🙏 💜 #takeactioninmay #domesticviolencepreventionmonth #DomesticViolenceAwarenessMonth

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Today is Domestic Violence Remembrance Day. It is a day to reflect and remember those who have tragically lost their lives to domestic and family violence. On average, in Australia, one woman a week is murdered by her current or former partner. This year, these statistics are even higher with 28 women murdered in the first 17 weeks of 2024. This is unacceptable. Today also marks the first day of Domestic Violence Prevention Month. During this month, we ask you to consider further supporting Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Women's Shelter in our mission to provide safety and hope to women affected by domestic violence, those who seek our care. Your support enables us to offer a wide range of crucial services, including emergency shelter, counselling, legal advocacy, educational programs, life skills opportunities, financial support and employment pathways. HKWS provides so much more than just a bed for the night. Our goal is for a woman to leave our doors with dignity, independence, agency and hope for her future. By contributing today, you can directly empower survivors to rebuild their lives free from fear and violence. You can make a tax-deductible donation at https://drct-hkws.prod.supporterhub.net/donations/website-donation-page We are immensely grateful for the ongoing support of our community, especially during Domestic Violence Prevention Month. While we are facing a national crisis, by acting locally, you can make a real difference in the life of a woman. Thank you 💜 #takeactioninmay #domesticviolencepreventionmonth #DomesticViolenceAwarenessMonth

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Join us tomorrow night for an incredible online event that you don’t want to miss! Grab your free tickets below 🧡

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🫶Last week, we were fortunate to have the incredible Feel Good Project visit Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Women’s Shelter. Pictured here with our Shelter Lead Angelica, the FGP team - Aleks, Jacquie and Sammy - brought their mobile hair salon on site to provide hair and beauty services to the women currently residing at HKWS. There was laughter and lightness at the shelter, with women feeling empowered and dignified in their new hairdos. They loved being pampered and were so grateful to this beautiful team. The Feel Good Project strives to restore faith in humanity by creating connections and offering their services to people during hard times. 💐We are so grateful to partner with FGP and look forward to continuing this impact and empowerment for women. From all of us at HKWS, thank you. #HKWS #FeelGoodProject #community #WCS #thankyou

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🏃Grab your friends and family and sign up today for the Lindfield Fun Run ! This is a wonderful community event on May 19, where you can run, walk or skip your way to the finish line, choosing 2km, 5 km or 10km. 👉Head to the link to sign up: https://go.lindfieldfunrun.org.au/home Funds raised on the day will go towards HKWS and other local charities. HKWS friends and volunteers will be there on the day to cheer you on - so we hope to see you there! #HKWS #LindfieldFunRun #communityevent #fundraising #community #WCS

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🫶 We wanted to say a huge thank you to Michelle and the team at North Shore Mums Smiles2U for recently gifting the women at HKWS some beautiful Easter chocolates! Thank you also to Sallianne McClelland for arranging this 🐰 😊 It’s safe to say the women in our care absolutely loved the chocolates and all reported having a delightfully large amount! North Shore Mums Smiles2U is a wonderful charity bringing care and comfort packages to many children, parents and carers who pass through the Emergency doors of our local hospitals every day 🌻 Thank you for extending this care to our shelter. It is so kind and generous of you 💖 #HKWS #NorthShoreMumsSmiles2U #WCS #thankyou Women's Community Shelters

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🚴 A huge thank you to all of our incredible volunteers who helped out at the @bobbinheadcc! Both the Course Marshals and stall workers allowed the day to run smoothly and provide education about the work we do at the Shelter. A special thanks to Jo Moffat, who organised all the volunteers on the day. Her tireless effort to support HKWS over the years is nothing short of remarkable 🥰 And a big thank you to all the fundraisers and sponsors who supported HKWS. Your support has a significant impact on our ability to care for the women and children who come to the shelter 💜 #HKWS #bobbinheadcycleclassic #WCS @womenscommunitysheltersau

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Did you know HKWS provides shelter and support women facing homelessness? Women over 55 are the fastest growing group of homeless Australians by percentage. That means women sleeping in their cars or couch-surfing. However women over 55 often don’t define themselves as homeless, but they may be entitled to support and services they never imagined they could access Janet Evans and Dr Amelia Haines discuss this shocking issue with WCS CEO, Annabelle Daniel OAM on the podcast 'She Wasn’t Born Yesterday', on which she sheds light on how easily it could happen and what we can all do. Listen here: https://omny.fm/shows/she-wasn-t-born-yesterday/the-new-homeless-annabelle-daniel?in_playlist=podcast&fbclid=IwAR1zrkegiJUhCJ2udIEia31x0KhuwowsOBTnPVFFUuOkDCP2Wse0eZWVvSE_aem_ASPF_X2TYgmRyYCGZwkFPYKEbpdtwymKisZWU-eJQgBTZVe0s7rGAh-oBQUrYIdAhfYJWRBm0nplIwlUbs9C1fXh @womenscommunityshelters #supportingwomen

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Thank you so much Alister Henskens MP for joining us at our International Women’s Day lunch! Your interest and support of our work is greatly appreciated 🌼

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"Former Australian of the Year and family violence prevention advocate Rosie Batty has called on the federal government to increase funding for gendered violence prevention and make it more consistent." 💭A great 5 minute weekend read from ABC Sydney on how government and authorities can act fast to house and support people during emergencies like the pandemic, but need to do the same for gendered violence. Consistent funding is imperative to ongoing support. 👉Read the article here https://www.abc.net.au/news/2024-04-03/rosie-batty-family-domestic-violence-federal-government/103663244?utm_source=sfmc&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=abc_newsmail_am-pm_sfmc&utm_term=&utm_id=2331747&sfmc_id=103575972

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🤝 Meet Jeremy! Jeremy is a handyman extraordinaire with a big heart. Since mid-last year, he has been helping out with a variety of maintenance jobs at Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Women’s Shelter - generously donating his time and expertise when needed. Whilst Jeremy never asks for accolades, rather silently supports us time and time again… we managed to snap a quick photo of him! 💐Jeremy, we want to say THANK YOU for everything you do to support the shelter and the women in our care. Your kindness is infectious.

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Thank you to Graceful Advisory for being our most recent Corporate GEM sign-up! 💎 💖 The GEM Program was created to celebrate and grow the special community of people who give monthly to the shelter. GEMs are the backbone of the HKWS family – providing regular, sustainable income that we can rely on 🌸 Thank you so much to Graceful Advisory for your commitment to helping women and children in our community who are escaping domestic abuse and homelessness. See a quote from Grace, the director of Graceful Advisory, below! 💎 Sign up to be a GEM today 👉 https://hkws.org.au/gem-program/ “Graceful Advisory is purposefully evolving into an organisation led by our core values and mission. Our small team, powered by women with diverse experiences ranging from overcoming domestic violence and illness to raising daughters born prematurely or with disabilities, is dedicated to engaging with and supporting causes that resonate with our collective journey. The Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Women’s Shelter, a beacon within our local community, perfectly aligns with our commitment to assist women and children—groups we deeply care about and seek to empower. Participating in the GEM program offered us a straightforward way to contribute meaningfully, with the intention of continuing and expanding our impact over time.” - Grace, Director 🦋

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Our lovely General Manager Emily spoke at @Asquith Public School over IWD to 120 Stage 3 students. 🌟Emily spoke about International Women's Day and the work we do at Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Women's Shelter to empower women in crisis to create a better future. We also discussed the importance of healthy relationships and being kind to one another in achieving greater equality for all. 💭The students were so engaged and asked many insightful questions. To celebrate IWD, they did a gold coin mufti day and raised a whopping $520 for HKWS! We are particularly grateful to School Captain Maddie who recommended HKWS as a charity to support. It was so heartwarming to see this care and initiative from Maddie and students in the room. 🫶Thank you to everyone in the Asquith Public School community for supporting our shelter.

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👉We have a great podcast recommendation for your weekend From WCS! Spice Girl, Mel B in conversation with author Elizabeth Day. Few might know that for a decade, Melanie was in a coercively controlling and abusive relationship. In a powerful episode of the 'How to Fail' podcast with @ElizabethDay, Author, Mel B shares her story. 🎧 Listen to her journey by clicking here: https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/s20-ep6-mel-b-i-was-a-spice-girl-shouting-about/id1407451189?i=1000647211340 #podcast #HKWS #HKWSrecommends #education #stories

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Last week, HKWS caseworker, Munira Kachwalla, and HKWS ambassador, Nick McArdle, were invited to speak at the Knox Grammar School International Women’s Day Breakfast 💜 Munira spoke about the challenging journeys undertaken by women who come to the shelter and how they are supported by our caseworkers. She gave a real insight into the vital work done by the HKWS caseworkers, treating every woman who seeks our care with compassion while assisting her to rebuild her life 🌻 Nick, while celebrating the importance of IWD, spoke out about the power of allies, explaining how domestic abuse and homelessness require attention and support from the whole of society. Thank you so much to Knox Grammar School for inviting us to speak and joining us in the conversation to end domestic abuse against women in our community 👏 #HKWS #KnoxGrammarSchool #IWD2024 #WCS

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🤩 We asked and you delivered! A huge shout out to our wonderful community for helping us stock our shelves over the past few weeks with a range of donated food and basic items 🥫 We were overwhelmed with the response and are so grateful to each and every person who helped. Our shelter is now fully stocked, in fact slightly overflowing with the items! We are no longer taking goods, however, if you have items please kindly hang onto them and we will do another call out on social media when they are needed again 🌹 Thank you for supporting the women in our care, you are all so generous 💖 #HKWS #Donations #WCS #ThankYou

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🚴 We're looking at you! The annual @bobbinheadcc bike ride is two weeks away on Sunday 24 March, and we're still in need of 25 course marshal volunteers! No prior experience is necessary, so grab a group of friends and register here: https://bit.ly/3OPoc7x Why volunteer? ✅ Wear a flashy high-vis vest ✅ Encourage the cyclists as a Course Marshal ✅ Meet some new friends ✅ Have an enjoyable day ✅ Feel wonderful that you are supporting HKWS and other local charities. Thank you for your ongoing support of women in our community experiencing domestic abuse and homelessness. #HKWS #volunteering #womensshelter #BobboClassic #BobbinHead #Cycle #fundraising

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Thank you to the @Australian Taiwan Women's Association - ATWA for their recent donation of $1500, and their ongoing support over the years. A special thanks to Angela, ATWA's President, for championing HKWS in the association. It's thanks to local groups like ATWA that help HKWS continue the work of supporting women in need of crisis accommodation and support.

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🤩 We hope you're as excited as us for our SOLD OUT International Women's Day event tomorrow, with an amazing line-up of speakers; Dr Vijay Roach, Georgie Gardner and Simone O'brian! 🎟️ Didn't get tickets? You can still support HKWS by purchasing a raffle ticket for your chance to win amazing and generously donated prizes: https://drct-hkws.prod.supporterhub.net/raffles/hkws-iwd-raffle Prizes on offer: -Yamba beach house stay - P!NK Concert Tickets -SAINT SOMEBODY voucher - Astralpeople voucher -Raging Waters Sydney pass -@Gillianadams voucher -Novella Fine Books, Cards and Gifts voucher -HOYTS Australia tickets -Avenueluxe Wahroonga gift card If you are attending the event, you can purchase raffle tickets on the day! See you there!

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Many hands make light work - a working bee opportunity at HKWS! 🐝 Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Women's Shelter is hoping to host a Corporate Working Bee in March this year. We are looking for a group of enthusiastic volunteer workers to help make the surroundings of our shelter even more beautiful for our residents. Tasks will include general garden maintenance, painting, tidying and the creation of a herb garden! 🎨🌿 Does this sound like something your organisation can help with? Express your interest today by emailing ua.gro.swkh@eciffo 💖 #HKWS #WorkingBee #WCS

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✨It was wonderful to have the HKWS staff, board and committee together at @barkercollege for our annual strategy day last Sunday, planning for the year ahead. With commitments made to continue to care for, and help women in our community who are experiencing domestic abuse and homelessness. 💐A massive thank you to @barkercollege for providing a room for the team to meet in for the day, @nickmcardle_oz for being a special guest as a HKWS ambassador and the staff from @womenscommunitysheltersau for their support. (🖼 Pictured in front of the Geuram artwork by student Ethan Landy-Ariel at Barker)

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📣HKWS International Women's Day Raffle! Support HKWS by purchasing a raffle ticket and go into the draw to win a luxurious week-long stay in Yamba, P!NK concert tickets or a SAINTSOMEBODY voucher, and more! 🏝️🎶💄 https://drct-hkws.prod.supporterhub.net/raffles/hkws-iwd-raffle Your contribution goes directly to aiding women and children in our community facing domestic abuse and homelessness. Together, we can make a difference! 💪 Huge thanks to our generous donors for making this possible: Yamba beach house - Jodie and Paul Hines P!NK Concert Tickets - Jacquie Murray SAINT SOMEBODY @astralpeople Raging Waters Sydney @Gillianadams Novella Fine Books, Cards and Gifts HOYTS Australia Avenueluxe Wahroonga Raffle winners will be announced on March 1st at our SOLD OUT International Women's Day Lunch Event. If you're attending, you can grab your tickets there too! 🎟️ Terms and conditions apply. See our website for more info! Good Luck! 💜 #IWD #SupportWomen #RaffleTime #fundraiser #countherin

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🗣️ Calling out to our wonderful community! ✨ Our shelter is hoping to get a blender to make things like fruit juices, smoothies, and veggie soups! 🍓🥕🍋🥒 If you have a spare or gently used blender you are willing to donate, please reach out to our team at ua.gro.swkh@eciffo ✉️ 💗 Thank you for your ongoing support. You make such a difference in the lives of the women and children who seek out care! #HKWS #CommunitySupport #WCS #donation

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🚴 Get excited, it's Bobbo time! The annual Bobbin Head Cycle Classic bike ride will take place on Sunday 24 March! We are looking for a crew of wonderful volunteers to support HKWS at the Bobbo from 6-9am. Our volunteers will be Course Marshals on the day. Why volunteer? ✅ Wear a flashy high vis vest ✅ Encourage the cyclists as a Course Marshal ✅ Meet some new friends ✅ Have an enjoyable day ✅ Feel wonderful that you are supporting HKWS and other local charities. What is the Bobbo? Grab a group of friends and register your volunteering interest here: https://bit.ly/3OPoc7x Thank you for your ongoing support of women in our community experiencing domestic abuse and homelessness.

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