Living independently and making your own choices are basic functions that many people take for granted, but for women experiencing a toxic or even dangerous relationship, the reality can be very different.
That makes Women’s Shelter Armidale Inc, which works towards every woman’s right to be independent and self-determining, a deserving recipient of $3000 after winning the October round of the #GreaterNewEngland Community Funding Program, which this month focused on organisations providing COVID-related support across the region.
Women’s Shelter Armidale Finance Officer, Wendy McLennan, said the organisation delivers a range of support services for women, with or without children, across the Armidale, Guyra, Walcha, Uralla, and surrounding areas.
“Every woman has a right to a life for herself, with both freedom from violence and secure affordable accommodation. To reach this goal we provide a range of personal support services to empower women and children,” Wendy said.
“Women’s Shelter Armidale (WSA) forms a central part of the state’s response to women and children’s homelessness and domestic and family violence in the Armidale Regional and Walcha LGAs.
Wendy McLennan, Women’s Shelter Armidale Finance Officer
“We are an active, productive, and positive member in the local service system with a commitment to forging strong inter-service links.
“This funding from Greater Bank will help support our service and the incredibly important role we play in the community.”
Gunnedah Meals on Wheels Inc and Billabong Clubhouse have both received $1000 as the runners-up for the month.
Greater New England Regional Sales Manager, Will Boyd, said it’s sad to know that so many women and children need help like this.
“It’d be great if domestic violence was no longer a problem, that we could wave a magic wand and make it disappear, but the stark reality is that it’s all too common,” Will said.
“That’s evidenced by the demand for the types of services that Women’s Shelter Armidale provides.
“We are proud to be able to help out with some funding to allow them to continue their vital work helping women in our communities live the safe and secure life that is their right.”
Moonbi Public School, Zonta Club of Tamworth and Yallambee Gunnedah Homes For the Aged are in the running for a share $5,000 in the November round of the #GreaterNewEngland Community Funding Program.
The public can cast their vote online at greater.com.au/greaternewengland. Voting for the November funding round is now open and closes at 5:00pm, Wednesday, 24 November 2021.