In the news
The last few months have seen McAuley Community Services for Women in the news on a range of issues from housing through to material needs for women and
children escaping family violence, as well as providing comment about the Royal Commission into Family Violence.
We were featured in an ABC special on family violence, Breaking the Cycle, where our CEO Jocelyn Bignold talked about the importance of policies and funding to keep women and children ‘safe at home’ and keeping women employed.
774 ABC Melbourne afternoon presenter Clare Bowditch discussed the Royal Commission into Family Violence’s findings with Jocelyn Bignold shortly after the 2,000 page document was released, with grabs from the interview being shared across the ABC Victoria network throughout the day.
We’ve been briefing journalists from The Age, Herald Sun, AAP, and 3AW about our homeless services, as well we have talked about the importance of material aid for women and children with ABC journalists and The Weekly Review.
Articles about our safe at home and Court Support 4 Kids services will shortly appear in Parity and The Advocate.
Talking with politicians
It has been a busy few weeks talking with politicians about our work and our response to the Royal Commission. Our briefings included the advisors to the Minister for Women, the Hon Fiona Richardson, about our McAuley Works and Court Support 4 Kids programs, and Greens MPs Ellen Sandell, Nina Springle and Colleen Hartland, about our work with a particular focus on homelessness, and Tim Watts, Federal Labor MP for Gellibrand, about our new McAuley House building in Pickett St, Footscray.
Engaging with the community
We love speaking about our work with community groups, and supporting fundraising efforts for us. The past month has seen us talk with the Royal Park Ladies' Golf Club members who chose us as their charity at their recent golf day where they raised over $2,000. We were delighted to be at the family violence panel discussion hosted by the Migrant Resource Centre North West St Albans and Brimbank City Council talking about family violence and what services are available in the area. We were thrilled to talk with the congregation from the Pentecostal Apostolic Faith Church Werribee about family violence in Australia, what we do and how they can help. They donated a basket and bag of linen and anther basket of children's items including books.