WISHIN advocates for and supports women experiencing family violence and homelessness in Melbourne’s north. Each year the organisation works with almost 300 women to find safety, housing and to recover from the impacts of violence and poverty. WISHIN is a respected organisation in the social welfare sector and is assisted by a strong network of local agencies.
WISHIN’s purpose is to support and empower women, working with them as they build their capacity to make meaningful and sustainable change to their lives.
The support of the Victorian Women’s Benevolent Trust will enable WISHIN to provide new opportunities for women who have experienced violence. Family violence often means women have to negotiate myriad complex services and systems, too often with little knowledge and minimal support.
Through this project WISHIN will work to build women’s understanding of these systems and enhance their capacity to effectively navigate them, enabling better outcomes for themselves and their families.
– Jade Blakkerly, CEO
Organisation: Women’s Information Support and Housing in the North
Grant type: Small Grant
This project will build the capability of women experiencing violence through a combination of advice and information through practical workshops. It seeks to provide targeted early interventions for women (and their children) in order to prevent them from reaching crisis and becoming homeless. It will also support women, should they reach crisis, to navigate the government systems, maintain employment and manage their finances.
A special thanks to Anne Miller for her generous support.