Women’s Community Shelters
Women’s Community Shelters works with communities to establish new shelters, which provide short term emergency accommodation and support in a safe environment that enables homeless women to rebuild self-esteem and achieve control and fulfilment of their lives. For a woman to get out of the situation she faces, she needs a range of support services, not just help finding affordable housing. These include access to counselling, health care, assistance to navigate government bureaucracy, legal help, further education and employment to reestablish control over her life. WCS is focused on supporting each shelter to develop best practice and achieve positive individual outcomes for the women staying at the shelters, while remaining cost efficient.
The Sanctuary, The Hills Women’s Shelter aims to provide temporary supported accommodation for women and their children in times of crisis. Our aim is to provide a safe, non-threatening environment for women that will assist them through their emotional and physical crisis, as a result of homelessness and/or domestic violence. Since opening our doors in April 2016, we have provided safety and support to over 35 women and 65 children.
The Lisa Harnum Foundation
The Lisa Harnum Foundation supports and empowers families affected by domestic violence while striving to prevent and end the cycle of abuse through education and social change. We aim to be part of a community in which domestic violence is eradicated for everyone by everyone. The Lisa Harnum Foundation has been established to reach out to women who need help. This help will come in the form of information, support counselling, education and group work. We want Lisa’s name never to be forgotten. That’s why we named this Foundation after her, with the gracious permission of Lisa’s mother, Joan, to whom we are very grateful.
NSW Police Legacy
NSW Police Legacy is the NSW Police Force Charity. Our commitment is to build on the care and support of over 20,000 serving and retired police officers and their families during times of tragedy and need. Initially founded to support bereaved families following the loss of their loved one, our support now extends to include police officers and their families experiencing challenging times in their lives. Our police family has grown to include not only families suffering from loss and grief, but those experiencing misfortune that require extra support.
NSW Rural Fire Service
The NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) is the lead combat agency for bush fires in NSW. For over 100 years we have been a significant part of the history and landscape of NSW. Working closely with other agencies we respond to a range of emergencies including structure fires, motor vehicle accidents and storms that occur within rural fire districts. The NSW RFS is widely acknowledged as the largest volunteer fire service in the world. Members of the NSW RFS are trained to very high levels of competence to ensure they know what to do in an emergency. The Service aims to reduce the likelihood and consequence of fires occurring. This involves comprehensive risk management programs to reduce bush fire hazards, reduce fire ignitions and the development of regulations for bush fire prone areas.
Rotary is a worldwide organisation of business and professional leaders that provides humanitarian service, encourages high ethical standards in all vocations, and helps build goodwill and peace in the world. More than 1.2 million Rotarians belong to over 32,500 Clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas. The main objective of Rotary is service – in the community, in the workplace, and throughout the world. Rotarians develop community service projects that address many of today’s most critical issues, such as children at risk, poverty and hunger, the environment, illiteracy, and violence. They also support programs for youth, educational opportunities and international exchanges for students, teachers, and other professionals, and vocational and career development.
The Australian Rotary Health & Research Foundation
Australian Rotary Health is one of the largest independent funders of mental health research within Australia. We also provide funding into a broad range of general health areas, provide scholarships for rural medical and nursing students, as well as Indigenous health students. Australian Rotary Health provides funding into areas of health that do not readily attract funding, and promotes findings to the community. Australian Rotary Health is a project of the Rotary Districts of Australia and is supported by Rotary Clubs. We have a broad vision to improve the health and wellbeing of all Australians.