Redland Foundation has been proud to partner with the community and many organisations over the last 8 years to assist families impacted by domestic and family violence on our Redlands Coast.
As the advocacy and awareness of domestic and family violence has increased over the last decade so too has the need for those on the front line to have more support. Through strong advocacy, the generous donations of a few and various events across the City, Redland Foundation has supported a number of those frontline community services by raising over $390,000 .
Redland’s Maybanke has been providing a safe haven supporting women and children fleeting domestic and family violence for over 20 years. Redland Foundation was proud to work with Maybanke and the State government to complete four new accommodation units for shelter with all furnishings, childrens’ playground and improved security infrastructure to the value of $260,000. Finding transitional housing for those in need has been and continues to be a challenge for shelters such as Maybanke as awareness on this issue grows.
Through the strong advocacy of Redland City Council identifying the need for a State government funded coordinated service on our Redlands Coast, The Centre for Women & Co Redlands was established. This specialised domestic and family violence and women’s well-being service provides counselling, education, support and assistance to families across the City. The growing need for support workers in Redlands has been supported by the Redland Foundation through a $100,000 grant that ensures more people have access to the rapid assistance and services that is desperately required in times of great need.
DFV Assist is a pilot program established by the Redlands Community Centre and supported by the Redland Foundation through a $30,000 grant. When families find themselves escaping the horrors of domestic violence, this funding will help with the Centre’s aim of responding to the unmet needs that have been identified in Redland as there has been no case management available to our community before this pilot program. This program also gathers valuable statistics of the wellness of clients coming in and going out of the program. The initial feedback has had participants saying the program was life- saving.
The Redland Foundation acknowledges that there is still much work to be done and assistance required to address domestic and family violence. Partnerships with other community organisations have played a key role in raising funds but, more importantly, raising strong awareness in our City and looks forward to continuing to provide an avenue of understanding and assistance in the future. We thank all those who have made generous donations and the fundraising efforts of many across the City who have assisted these important front line community organisations with $390,000 of support allowing them to continue assisting those in our community who are impacted by the insidious scourge of Domestic and Family Violence.