Winter Women’s House fundraiser and food collection

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St Kilda’s Acland Court Shopping Centre will be hosting a winter fundraising event for the Women’s House at Sacred Heart Mission. Locals are invited to come and enjoy the Winter Women’s House fundraising activities which include: live music, face painting and selfie pics with our roving Spider-man and Wonder Woman all for a gold coin donation, or for the donation of food items. Food items are to be dropped off at the food collection point which will be running over the same weekend.

HOW:

Acland Court Shopping Centre will be hosting live music, face painting and appearances from roving characters at their ‘Winter Women’s House fundraising event. The centre will also have a food collection drop-off operating over the fundraising weekend. Locals are invited to drop off food items for the kitchen at Sacred Heart Mission which will greatly assist the Women’s House. The fundraiser encourages locals to band together in a community-wide effort to support women experiencing or at risk of homelessness.

“Acland Court Shopping Centre encourages the local community to get behind this special fundraising event for local charity Sacred Heart Mission. With the cold weather upon us, affecting particularly people experiencing homelessness, we look forward to making a difference for the Women’s House and shining a light on their needs this winter” says Sue Defina, Centre Manager at Acland Court Shopping Centre.

Food items suitable to drop-off at the Court Shopping Centre’s donation point include:

  • Tea bags (black, green and herbal)
  • Sugar, plain and self-raising flour
  • Rice (white long grain preferred)
  • Biscuits
  • Peanut butter and honey
  • Cereal (muesli)
  • Tinned tomatoes
  • Tomatoes
  • Tomato paste
  • Chicken stock, beef stock, vegetable stock
  • Dishwashing liquid and washing up gloves
  • Laundry detergent
  • Mugs.

WHERE: Acland Court Shopping Centre, 158 Acland Street, St Kilda
WHEN: Friday 13th July and Saturday 14th July, 12noon to 4pm (both days)

About Women’s House at Sacred Heart Mission:

Women’s House is a welcoming, safe and supportive open house tailored to the needs of women who are experiencing homelessness or are at risk of becoming homeless. Women who access the house may be socially isolated, in crisis
or experiencing housing difficulties due to a range of life experiences, including family violence, poverty, sexual violence, physical and mental illness, trauma and problematic drug and alcohol use.

Open from 8.30am-1pm Monday to Friday, Women’s House provides case management, housing assistance and support, a meal at breakfast and lunch, a shower, laundry facilities, an opportunity to socialise with other women and participate in informal creative activities, and a sanctuary to rest.

The Women’s House case management service offers short to medium-term support, which aims to resolve housing issues and establish access to health and other support needs. Case managers support women to resolve immediate crisis issues and work with them build their capacity to secure and sustain appropriate stable housing, and gain an overall improvement in their life situation.

Women’s House also offers structured wellbeing and personal skills development group activities two to three afternoons every week. Activities include an art therapy program ‘Creative Connections’, supported by the City of Port Phillip, yoga, cooking, and social inclusion and health promotion sessions.

Over 100 individuals visit each month, with about 24 per cent being refugees or recent arrivals. Many visit multiple times and sometimes with children. 500+ presentations monthly are typical. There are also women who do not know about the Women’s House, or are unlikely to present voluntarily. Our Support Workers identify and gently engage with women in the local community, so they are more likely to access support and services they need.

Visit www.aclandcourt.com.au for more information about the event.
For further information about Sacred Heart Mission or the Women’s House, go to

www.sacredheartmission.org

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Amanda Mills, Green Light PR: M: 0412 513 412 amanda@greenlightpr.com.au

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