Friends with Dignity Programs
The purpose of our Sanctuary program is to create a safe living environment for people who have escaped domestic violence so that they are able to commence their new journey with dignity, free from abuse.
Our dedicated Team Leaders coordinate volunteer teams that work hard to create a Friends with Dignity Sanctuary using items donated by our supporters. These can take the form of household and personal care items, gift cards and financial donations which allow us to purchase necessary items. Our primary goal is to create a welcoming home for survivors of domestic and family violence who have literally left behind their entire lives (and, in many cases, everything they own) when they escape their Domestic Violence situations.
This service is suited only to those specific clients who you feel fit the complete criteria, have been affected by Domestic Violence and are fully prepared to move on with their lives in an independent living environment. We do not provide accommodation per se; we simply provide the fit-out of client- or Agency-sourced accommodation to a basic comfortable standard (with a few extras thrown in, if we are able!)
They must have:
- Already secured permanent accommodation
- Limited or no furniture and household items with no ability to source these from elsewhere
Sanctuaries are completed in up to seven days from when our Team Leader receives the keys and the feedback from clients (via their liaison person) is very heartening to all of us as volunteers.
An Urgent Request is for specific individual items to provide immediate assistance to your client. Some examples include: furniture, toiletries, help with bills, etc. No request is completely out of the question, so please ask for whatever your client needs. In most cases, we’re sure to be able to assist.
While some support is available for parents to settle their children in a new school, the financial barriers during the transition from refuge to sanctuary often mean that the child isn’t able to have the right uniforms or the right books and they are often unable to go on school excursions. This makes the transition for the child more difficult and can result in the child being bullied or developing self-esteem and confidence issues at school.
The Little Friends Program gives a helping hand with ‘getting life back to normal’ as much as possible through funding uniforms and booklist costs as well as after and out of school sports activities and club memberships.
The sole criteria for a Little Friends’ request is simple:
•More than anything else children should be able to play – will this request assist them to do so?
If you would like more information about any of our programs, or would like to register your agency with us, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please click here for our Referring Agency Request Portal. If you do not know the password, please email email@example.com and we will assist you.