About Friends With Dignity 2017-05-19T08:59:05+00:00

Proudly supporting Victims 
of Domestic Violence 
re-build their lives with

Purpose, Dignity & Hope

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Board at StepUp For Friends Luncheon 2016

Founded in September 2015 by Manuela Whitford, former Founder of successful charity Assist A Sista Australia, Friends With Dignity is a national not-for-profit community organisation providing assistance to men, women and children who have been displaced by domestic violence.

We work with a network of refuges and community services to provide critical and practical services for people who are displaced due to domestic violence.

There are no paid positions at Friends With Dignity. We are all dedicated volunteers who believe in a world where everyone has access to a safe and loving home free from violence and abuse.

Friends With Dignity Programs

Friends With Dignity Sanctuary Program

Friends With Dignity Urgent Request Program

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Meet the Team

There are no paid positions at Friends With Dignity. Our Board of Directors, Program Coordinators and Fundraising Teams are all dedicated volunteers who believe in a world where everyone has access to a safe and loving home free from violence and abuse.

Manuala Whiteford

Manuela Whitford

Founder & CEO

Manuela is a passionate career woman, wife and mother choosing to make a positive difference in the lives of those affected by the ravaging effects of domestic violence.

Since Founding Assist A Sista, Manuela has been recognised and received numerous Awards; Westpac Start up Leader Award, Women in Business – Community leaders and several from the local services that she has assisted recognising her commitment to the community and volunteer contribution.

Manuela is supported by an equally passionate Board of Members and Volunteers who aim to provide practical services and support to those displaced due to domestic violence regardless of race, ethnicity, gender or sexuality.

Zoe Scharenguivel, Events and Fundraising Manager

Zoe Scharenguivel

Events & Fundraising Manager
(Company Director)

Bianca Stubbs – Operations Manager

Bianca Stubbs

Operations Manager
(Company Director)

Treasurer

Julia McKenna

Treasurer
(Company Director)

Darrell Whitford – Business Strategy (Company Director)

Darrell Whitford

Business Strategy
(Company Director)

Rae Burton – Sanctuary Co-ordinator

Rae Burton

Sanctuary Co-ordinator

Angela Dixon – Secretary

Angela Dixon

Secretary

How can you help?

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Follow us on Facebook

We post lists of what we need in each Sanctuary as we need them. Please like our page to help us help others.

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Donate

Gift cards and cash donations help us purchase items that we have been unable to source through other donations.

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Make a difference

Do you have a skill that will make a difference? There are a many ways you can volunteer with Friends with Dignity.

Step Up and Volunteer

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Fundraise for Friends

Can you host a fundraising event for Friends? Check out some ideas for hosting a fundraising events and help Friends With Dignity raise critical funds to support our programs.

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