Galston Rotary supports two local Women's Shelters in Hornsby and the Hills area
Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Women’s Shelter
The Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Women’s Shelter was officially launched in December 2014 and opened its doors to clients in February 2015. It has since been at capacity supporting 10 women at any given time. The campaign to open this shelter could not have been successful without the support of Women’s Community Shelters, with which we maintain close ties, and many other community organisations and donors.
The Shelter aims to provide temporary supported accommodation for women in times crisis such as homelessness and /or domestic violence. We provide a safe, non-threatening environment for women that will assist them through their emotional and physical crisis.
Our professional case managers assist with:
- Temporary supported accommodation
- Resolution of the crisis
- Assisting, creating and exploring housing options
- Promotion of good health and well being
- Life skills to promote independence and self esteem
The HKWS takes a client centred approach to collaborative case management. The maximum stay is 3 months.
Some facts & figures:
- Hornsby is a recognised domestic violence ‘hotspot’ with approx 80 reports per month but only about 25% of incidents get reported.
- On a weekly basis an average of 5 women is turned away because we are at capacity.
- Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Women’s Shelter is one of only two women’s shelter or crisis accommodation on the north shore: the other is in Manly. Together they provide 22 beds.
- Australia has over 55,000 homeless women and 1 in 2 of these are turned away every night.
- In many cases women are financially trapped in a situation of domestic violence. They face the choice of becoming homeless or remaining in their current circumstance. There are insufficient services to help women in this situation.
- Most women are homeless due to domestic violence.
- Mental illness also plays a big role in women’s homelessness.
The Hills Women's Shelter Project
The Hills Shire Council, Lisa Harnum Foundation, Women’s Community Shelters and the Community Migrant Resource Centre have joined together to establish a new women’s refuge in The Hills.
A community forum was held on 6 May 2015 attended by over 80 people to discuss the establishment of a refuge in Castle Hill.
The aim now is to establish a steering committee who will have overall responsibility to oversee the project to its completion.