Did you know…
Middle-aged and older single women are the fastest-growing category of people experiencing homelessness.
Domestic violence, isolation, poor mental health, children leaving the family home and the economic effects of this are key factors. Many of these women are sleeping in their cars, makeshift camps, or in unsuitable and dangerous accommodation.
The street count from 2019* showed that there are 171 living homeless in the Byron Shire, but we know that there are a lot more women who do not necessarily identify as homeless. Some women don’t attend homeless services and are often women who thought that could never happen to them. But we know they are out there and need our support.
*Byron Shire Council https://www.byron.nsw.gov.au/Home
About the program
Our program offers a relaxed and safe environment for women where they can have access to
- a computer and internet
- therapeutic activities such as gardening and arts & crafts
- hygiene products and pamper days
- tea/coffee, light snacks and fresh food boxes
The project provides an opportunity for the most vulnerable women of our community to access all the basics of everyday life. This will greatly benefit the physical and mental health of women doing it tough. It also provides an opportunity for trained volunteers to give back to their community.
This program works together with other organisations and businesses supporting women in need in the Byron Shire, including the Byron Shire Council, the local Uniting and Anglican churches, St. Vincent de Paul, Liberation Larder, BCC volunteer program, local hairdressers, podiatrists, osteopaths, Aboriginal Health, and Community and Oral Health.
For more information about this program email Ianna Murray email@example.com or call 02 6685 6807.
Please consider donating to this program. Your financial support ensures this program continues effectively to help these women from falling through the gaps.