Five years ago, I found the strength to leave an abusive marriage of over 14 years. It’s one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do. I was faced with parenting two daughters experiencing the trauma of separation and the impact of being raised in Domestic Violence. For 10 months following my separation, I continued attempting paying market rent, bills, food, clothing, car registration, internet bills, school fees, uniforms and activities for my girls. After 10 months, my poor mental health became so acute that I was scheduled for three weeks. Desperate, full of shame, suicidal and exhausted, I [couldn’t] what I’d been doing. I needed help. I needed supports to recover. I need secure, affordable housing. My beautiful daughters needed a stable, secure environment. In 2014 I began the process of applying for Social Housing (Priority, At Risk). I cannot emphasise how difficult
There’s over twenty (20) years’ documented history of female homelessness on Sydney’s Northern Beaches.
In the year leading up to the Shelter’s opening, Manly Community Centre and St Vincent de Paul in Brookvale recorded more than 300 women turning up on their doorstep in search of crisis accommodation. These statistics and years of experience fuelled the need for what began as Manly Women’s Shelter.
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International Women's Day Breakfast 2024
Date: Wednesday 28th February 2024
Venue: Long Reef Golf Club
International Women’s Day (8 March) is a day for us to join voices with people around the world and shout our message for equal rights loud and clear: “Women’s rights are human rights!”
International Women’s Day 2024 theme is: #InspireInclusion
Join us for breakfast and an insightful panel discussion, here we will delve into how #InspireInclusion is woven into the fabric of our organisation, sharing insights that resonate with the theme.
We would love for you to join us for this event.