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Respite for women and children escaping domestic violence

With the help of a grant from the Foundation and the efforts of volunteers, Jenny’s Place has been made more comfortable for domestic violence survivors.

Monday, 16 October, 2017

Jenny’s Place is a vital service in the Hunter that offers refuge accommodation and other support for women and children escaping domestic violence or who are at risk of homelessness.  

Thanks to the help of several community grants, including $13,200 from the Foundation, and the efforts of volunteers, the service now has a comfortable and safe outdoor area where mothers and their children can relax and play together.  

The renovation work was facilitated by The University of Newcastle’s out(fit) organisation; a volunteer collective of female built environment professionals who use their skills to the benefit of the community. The University’s Head of School for Architecture and Built Environment, Professor SueAnne Ware, also heads up out(fit).

"It was a privilege to work on this project and we are thrilled to have provided Jenny’s Place with a space where women and children accessing the service can spend quality time together," Professor Ware said. 

Four young women in pink out(fit) shirts
Some of the many out(fit) volunteers who worked at Jenny's Place.

"It was a privilege to work on this project and we are thrilled to have provided Jenny’s Place with a space where women and children accessing the service can spend quality time together."

Professor SueAnne Ware

More than 100 volunteers, including staff from the Newcastle Permanent, worked over multiple working bees to reinvent the outdoor space that had previously been under-utilised.

Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation chairman Phil Neat said the organisation was proud to support out(fit) in the makeover of Jenny’s Place. 

"Domestic violence is a significant issue in our community and, whilst we must act to prevent domestic violence, it is also vitally important that women and their children escaping violence have access to safe, comfortable facilities when they need it most," Mr Neat said. 

A spokeswoman for Jenny’s Place said the new outdoor area would give everyone a space in the fresh air to connect and support each other through some of the toughest times in their lives. 

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