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BWC changing the ending of domestic violence in Brisbane

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BWC changing the ending of domestic violence in Brisbane

The Brisbane Women’s Club (BWC) unveiled a red bench outside the Lovewell Café in Mt Gravatt as part of the Red Bench Project to raise awareness of domestic violence last Sunday 24 October.

Lady Mayoress Nina Schrinner and Deputy Mayor Krista Adams were among the guests at the event.

BWC, Red Rose Foundation, Brisbane City Council (BCC) and Lovewell Foundation joined forces to support the Red Bench Project providing a visual reminder that domestic violence is a prevalent issue in all communities.

The initiative is part of the Red Rose Foundation’s commitment to end domestic and family violence related deaths in Australia.

Red Rose Foundation, Chief Executive Officer, Betty Taylor said they hoped the daring red colour would keep the issue of domestic violence at the forefront of people’s minds generating the much needed, yet often taboo, discussions in our community.

“The benches will encourage people to stop, sit, read the plaques and bring the issue of domestic violence to people of all walks of life, whether they have been affected by DV or not,” she said.

“It’s up to all of us to have the conversation about DV in our communities and to help stop these preventable deaths.”

Brisbane Women’s Club, Chair of the Board, Leah Stangle said BWC was delighted to support the Red Bench Project that aligned closely with the club’s ethos, to make Brisbane a better place for women to live and work.

“The BWC board has worked hard with our partners to send a strong message to the community that we want to end the silence around domestic violence,” Ms Stangle said.

“The bench was installed outside the Lovewell Café, run by the Lovewell Foundation, that works with women who are rebuilding their lives to retake their place in our community.

“We couldn’t imagine a better place for our red bench to be placed, outside an organisation that’s sole purpose is uplifting women, and supporting them to regain the confidence they need to take charge of their own life,” she said.

Ms Stangle said the Brisbane Women’s Club has worked collaboratively with the Red Rose and Lovewell Foundations to make this happen with the support of the Brisbane City Council.

“Thanks to the BCC, who approved and paid for the installation of the bench, we are proud to be involved in a project that is helping women to live free from violence and abuse.”

Qld Police responded to 113,779 DV cases between July 2020 and March 2021. To date, approx 270 red benches have been installed mostly in Queensland with eight in New South Wales and two in South Australia and 30 within Brisbane. The first bench was installed on 15 May 2019 in Cleveland.

24 October 2021

Official cutting of the ribbon

L to R: Jim Boden, Red Rose Foundation, Lady Mayoress Nina Schrinner, Annie Stonehouse, Lovewell Foundation, Leah Stangle, Brisbane Women’s Club and Councillor Krista Adams, Deputy Mayor.

Jim Boden, Red Rose Foundation

BWC Board of Directors

Councillor Krista Adams, Deputy Mayor

Leah Stangle, BWC Chair of the Board

Tiffany English & Annie Stonehouse, Lovewell Foundation

Changing the ending of Domestic Violence in Brisbane!

2020 BWC Grant Recipient Round 2

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2020 was a bumpy year for many people, including us here at BWC, who were unable to hold our members face-to-face events. However, in an effort to continue our support for the community, the Board decided to release a second grant of $5,000 in 2020 to help a local charity support local women.

 

Thank you to all applicants for the quality of their submissions and the generous work these organisations contribute to supporting women and girls in Queensland. We received many applications from many worthy causes and worthwhile programs making the decision a challenge for the BWC Grants Sub-Committee and the BWC Board. A big thanks the BWC Grants Sub-Committee chaired by BWC Director Niki Dowsing, and including BWC members Katelin Haynes, Michele Blanshard, Amanda Mannix and Robyn Francis, who took on the hard task of granting these funds.

 

We are delighted to share that the recipient of the 2020, Round 2, BWC Charitable Grant was awarded to 4 Voices (www.4voices.com.au) a local charity whose vision is for a world where any girl or woman who feels unhappy, threatened or alone can find her voice.

 

4 Voices does this by supporting girls and women of all ages who are socially isolated; experiencing bullying, abuse or violence; are homeless; are not connected in the digital world.  4 Voices operates a mobile van service across 10 locations in Brisbane, equipped with telephones, laptops, Wi-Fi, a printer/scanner/copier, Smart TV and coffee machine. The service provides a hub for women to drop in for much needed assistance with MyGov registration, opening email accounts, completing online forms, printing documents, writing their CV, searching for jobs, housing, medical or other support. 4 Voices collaborates with Centrelink, crisis accommodation centres, other outreach services and community centres to ensure they directly connect with vulnerable women and can provide immediate practical solutions to their problems.

 

Brisbane Women’s Club is particularly excited to support the 4 Voices program in Inala. The $5,000 BWC Grant, made possible by our members, will enable the 4 Voices mobile van service to visit the community of Inala on a weekly basis for a year. At each shift, participants will be provided with free access to Wi-Fi, computers, phones, morning tea and non-judgmental conversation. The service will be provided by a team of volunteers operating from the customized van, equipped with facilities that can provide practical support to women requiring this connection.

 

We look forward to sharing more information with you about the amazing work of 4 Voices!  Any questions or interest in volunteering to support 4 Voices, please email Niki Dowsing at niki@bwc.org.au

Meet our 2021 BWC Board & Members

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You’re invited! Come meet the 2021 BWC Board & Members and hear about our 2021 activities over tapas and Spanish wine!

Join us at MODA, The Barracks (Petrie Tce, Milton) on Thursday 25 February from 6pm – 8pm.

Tickets are $55 per person for dinner (chef’s selection of substantial tapas) plus cash bar on the night.

Please RSVP via email to secretary@bwc.org.au if you would like to attend (members and non-members invited). You need to RSVP before Monday 22 February for booking purposes (unfortunately we can’t take walk-ins due to COVID restrictions in the restaurant).

MODA will be providing 2 hour free secure undercover parking for guests. Hope to see you there!

Calling for Volunteers! Movie Fundraiser Sub-Committee

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We are seeking 2 enthusiastic BWC members to work with our Board, to form a Movie Fundraiser Sub-Committee.

The Movie Fundraiser Sub-Committee is responsible for taking the lead in planning, resourcing and delivering an upcoming Movie Fundraiser event with the support of the Board, other volunteers and any guests as required.

Our next movie event is scheduled in a month’s time – so please only volunteer for this sub-committee if you can assist over the next few weeks.

 

Position criteria

You will need to be a member to be apart of this committee. If you aren’t already a member, the process to sign up is simple and quick – Register Here!

BWC holds volunteer insurance for all our members.

 

How to apply

if you want to give back and be part of the bigger BWC organisation, making an impact in our community, please email the following details to BWC Company Secretary at secretary@bwc.org.au

  • Name
  • Email
  • Phone
  • General location (ie do you live/work in inner Brisbane or further afield)
  • A brief statement telling us your experience and why you are interested in being involved in our Movie Fundraiser Sub-Committee.

We don’t want to give away our secrets but it is going to be fun, so please get your expression of interest in quickly!

BWC 2019 Grant Recipient Announced!

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We are thrilled to announce the successful BWC Grant recipient for 2019 is A Brave Life, an organisation that is passionate about equipping, empowering and encouraging young mums to dream big and to “Live Life Brave”.

The BWC Grant will assist A Brave Life to deliver an ongoing mentoring program that provides peer support and mentoring to young mothers who are completing their high school education. The program includes an appreciation of the importance of completing high school, self-worth, goal setting, healthy relationships and support to finish high school as a teenager/young mother.

A Brave Life tells us that teenage and young mothers are 40% less likely to complete high school (year 12) and 54% less likely to find employment.

BWC has awarded A Brave Life our 2019 Grant to improve the futures of these young mothers and their young families.

For more information about BWC, A Brave Life or the annual Grants Program, visit the Grants Program section at bwc.org.au or abravelife.com.au

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BWC grant well suited to Brisbane charity

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Brisbane charity Suited to Success which helps people one woman’s outfit at a time to overcome barriers to employment has received a grant for $10,000 from the Brisbane Women’s Club (BWC) charitable Grants Program.

The not-for-profit community organisation started as a group of fashion conscious ladies getting together to provide clothing to women needing smart outfits for job interviews has become a successful social enterprise assisting more than 7,000 people.

The $10,000 grant from BWC means Suited to Success can assist even more women in getting job ready and will contribute to the charity’s association with the Australian Catholic University (ACU) to extend, review and further develop a youth program to specifically identify and address women’s issues related to employment.
“We saw the incredible work Suited to Success were doing for women and just knew we had to support this program, which aligns perfectly with what BWC represents,” BWC President Robin Francis said.
“What we particularly liked about Suited to Success was we could see real potential to make a tangible difference to employment outcomes for disadvantaged women.”

Suited for Success General Manager Nicole Hard said the grant will allow them to select 10 women facing barriers to employment and work with them to provide a styling session, assistance with their resume and interview skills, and most importantly help develop a personal and professional plan.
“We will be supporting our clients on their journey over a three to six month period and are excited to see the results,” Ms Hard said. “We hope this program will give us a real insight into specific women’s needs when searching for a job.

“It’s all about identifying the barriers and developing a program that can really make a difference. Programs like the Brisbane Women’s Club Grants are vital to continue to operate.”
In 2017 two Grants Program recipients were awarded $5,000 – Queensland’s oldest charity, Lady Musgrave Trust, and Logan Women’s Health & Wellbeing Centre.

For more information about BWC, Suited for Success or the annual Grants Program, visit the Grants Program section at bwc.org.au or suitedtosuccess.org.

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