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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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Run for Shelter! HKWS City To Surf 17 - 24 October 2021. HKWS is super excited to share this year’s City2Surf adventure with our community!

This year we’re aiming to raise $25,000 to help deliver our vital support services to women who come to us in the most desperate circumstances. ...You can run, walk, skip or stroll with the HKWS team, or you can sponsor a family member, friend or yourself to "Run for Shelter" on your own.

Excited and grateful to the 35 participants who have registered for City2Surf 2021 which starts TOMORROW!! COVID-19 won't prevent us from doing some exercise for a good cause in our wonderful area. More details:

Congratulations and Heartfelt Thanks.

Hylette Evans, HKWS Shelter Manager has been announced as one of the three 2021 Westfield Local Heroes!

We are sooo thrilled!

We're so grateful to Hylette for her tireless work supporting the women who seek our help. Originally... a nurse, Hylette has been supporting women experiencing domestic abuse and homelessness since we opened our doors in 2015. A true local hero, Hylette is kind, caring and compassionate. The distressed women who come to us are always warmly welcomed by Hylette who provides a safe and secure home, and help as they rebuild their lives.

Hylette was nominated for Local Hero by Louise McCann, HKWS Chair. In Louise’s words, Hylette is a humble and passionate person who always puts the needs of others before her own. It was important to Hylette that Louise also be recognised. She's an incredible chair and she’s done so much for the shelter. Our community is so lucky to be led by two such extraordinary women.

A woman who does not seek accolades, Hylette’s sole purpose when nominated was to raise funds, knowing that the award money will change the lives of women and children.

Thank you Hylette and Louise for all you have done for our shelter.

Our community is very grateful.

#westfieldlocalheroes2021 #HKWS #hornsbykuringgaiwomensshelter #womenscommunityshelters

Looking for just the right accessory for your Halloween costume?

We have the answer... a Halloween cape!

Available at our HKWS shop!

#halloween #HKWS #hornsbykuringgaiwomensshelter ...#womenscommunityshelters

Look Up! Look Out! Look Forward!

World Mental Health Day
10 October 2021

Prioritising our mental health through caring for ourselves and our community is important. Taking time out, going for a walk, nurturing our relationships, kindness and caring for ourselves and others ...helps foster good mental health.

Making a mental health promise is a great way to remind ourselves to look after our own wellbeing. If you would like to, please share your 'I promise to....' with us in the comments!

#WorldMentalHealthDay #WMHD2021 #LookAfterYourMentalHealthAustralia #hkws #hornsbykuringgaiwomensshelter #womenscommunityshelters

HKWS is super excited to share this year’s City2Surf adventure with our community! Supporters, Bernice Redman, Louise Mallet, Rosie Gattone and Gayna Major, are already in training!

You can get active as an individual, with a group of friends, or with family, and registration is easy! ...You can also support the efforts of your friends by donating to their fundraising page!

City2Surf 2021 will be a local neighbourhood event where you can choose your own 14km route in your local LGA any time between 17 - 24 October.



#hornsbykuringgaiwomensshelter #hkws #womenscommunityshelters #city2surf #c2s #runforshelter

Stay-at-home orders and lockdowns are tough. Please know that help is always available. If you need to leave your home to escape abuse, you can.
There is no excuse for abuse, and there are always people who will care for you.

#hkws #womenscommunityshelters #noexcuseforabuse

Thank you to Ku-ring-gai Council for bringing some spring sunshine to our community. Much needed and truly appreciated! The transformation is inspiring

Hornsby Chamber of Commerce hosted a fabulously interesting event last night, with Matt Kean MP and Alexi Boyd from Council of Small Business Organisations Australia.
Thank you for choosing to donate the entrance fee to HKWS and for your ongoing support of the business and greater community the Hornsby Shire.

Today, we had the honour of collecting the most magical blankets made by the children and families of Corpus Christi Catholic School, St Ives, assisted by the local nursing homes. Beautifully created and gift wrapped with ribbons and bows and notes of love and support to our HKWS clients. ...Experiencing domestic violence and homelessness is isolating and affects women of all ages. The gift of a rug, made by hand, sends a very personal message that there is a community who cares.
Thank you Thank you to the whole community, and a special shout out to the masked students who were thrilled to load the car, along with their glamorous and very sparkly teachers, Candice and Penny.
They truly are 'Wrapped in Love' and you made our day!

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