Our wish for a van comes true

In the lead up to Christmas, McAuley Community Services for Women ‘wished’ for a transport company who could quickly provide pro bono help with a van and people to help move furniture and other items into new homes.

Man With A Van has come forward to make our wish come true by providing donated services during weekdays throughout the year.

Jocelyn Bignold, CEO for McAuley Community Services for Women, said the pro bono arrangement was not only generous but also vital in helping the organisation move women into new homes after living at McAuley House and in refuges.

In 2015, 18 women from McAuley House were moved into new housing, a joyous occasion as some have been homeless for a considerable time.

“The turn around on housing is quick and it is often hard to book vans in advance. This special relationship with Man with a Van is a wish come true,” Ms Bignold said.

Man with a Van’s CEO Tim Bishop said he was delighted to be supporting women.

"It’s well known that moving house is one of the most stressful times in a persons life, when combined with the sorts of ordeals faced by the women from McAuley House that stress is only compounded. We’re glad to be able to help out in these situations where people are at their most vulnerable,” he said.

McAuley Community Services for Women has access to a range of housing. Some properties are furnished, but public housing and other properties are not, leaving the organisation to scout around very quickly to secure funding or to seek free furniture such as fridges, beds, couches and other essential items, and then transportation.

Housing applications can take a number of years to come through, and when the right house does come along, whether it is Office of Housing, supported, private rental or transitional, the action picks up.

“It is then time to find to that all important removal van, load up and transport everything to the new home,” Ms Bignold said.