Women’s Network Australia (WNA) is not just an organisation, it’s a community. Since our inception, Women’s Network Australia has taken a leadership role in inspiring and encouraging our members to use their lives to make a difference.
Our members are successful businesswomen with competing demands on their time. Nevertheless, charitable and community support remains high on their agenda. Giving back is in our DNA here at Women’s Network Australia. It’s something we think (and act) on every single day. We know that when a woman helps another woman, everyone wins. And never is that more evident than when we’re able to back the women who are less privileged than us.
Over the years, we’ve used our platforms to help countless organisations raise money for the people who need it most.
Mummy’s Wish understands the REAL LIFE impact of the words ‘you have cancer’ and know that when a mum is diagnosed with cancer it affects the entire family. Every day around Australia, 13 families have their lives turned upside down when mum is diagnosed with cancer. The Mummy’s Wish support program has been designed to alleviate the pressure on mum and most importantly enable families to spend precious time together during what can be a distressing and traumatic period. We do this through provision of healthy ready made meals or house cleaning and therapeutic resources to help families talk to their children about mum’s diagnosis.
“The work we do allows mums undergoing treatment to cope with their illness and meet the physical and emotional needs of a young family, because a mum with cancer is still a mum. “
Drought Angels provides a unique service for which it is has become well known for within the rural sector. Drought Angels is a small charity run by big hearts, who offer a listening ear, a warm hug and personalised support given to each family. We like to tell our farmers that this is not a handout but a Thank You. “Thank you for all you do to put the food on our tables because without you we would all go hungry”. Through direct personal contact with the farmers, Drought Angels has earnt a reputation for providing personalised, heartfelt and discreet assistance. We help those who would not normally reach out but prefer to battle it alone, which can lead to severe depression and in some cases suicide. One-on-one support aides in ‘breaking down the barriers’ of a proud demographic who quite often have never received a hand up.
SAFE HAVEN COMMUNITY
Safe Haven is a National Register of community minded citizens who offer their spare rooms as temporary accommodation to assist women in low risk domestic abuse situations. It is an innovative service that utilizes existing resources within the community in a similar way to Air B’n’B or UBER. We operate a 1800 number and use purpose-built software that links women with a community provider that complements both needs. There are strict security protocols for women and the providers to ensure safety for all parties. We have housed over 650 nights of accommodation this year.
Domestic violence isn’t just about physical violence. It includes emotional, psychological, financial, and spiritual abuse; intimidation and forced isolation from family, friends and support networks. In these circumstances, when a woman has absolutely no option to leave, the relationship can escalate to physical abuse, sexual abuse, strong physical violence, and even homicide
Safe Haven Community are quiet achievers working at ground level and saving women from despair. To show them that they are not alone and we as a community aim to provide them with some care and love.
SHARE THE DIGNITY
Share the Dignity is a not-for-profit charity, founded by Rochelle Courtney, providing homeless and at-risk women Australia-wide with sanitary items to alleviate period poverty. More than 4,100 volunteers and some of Australia’s biggest corporates support the charity, which has collected in excess of 1.9 million packets of sanitary items since forming in 2015. Courtney designed a world-first Dignity Vending Machine, known as the Pinkbox to dispense a free period pack of sanitary items. Pinkboxes are being installed in at need areas nation-wide. Share the Dignity now also runs a Christmas appeal called #Itsinthebag where women are asked to donate a pre-loved or new handbag filled with sanitary items, some of other life’s essentials plus any other gift they may wish to donate.