Please Help Keep these Vital Programs Open

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Ann Petrou
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What I am asking for and why

Women and at-risk youth need your help!

This organisation is close to my heart.

Can you imagine being released back into the community with no support or access to the services you need? No family support? Nowhere to go and no idea where and how to re-start your life?

And when you throw COVID-19 and self isolation into the mix, any chance of preparing for a future is non-existent.
Women and girls entangled in the criminal justice system have backstories filled with trauma - DV, sexual abuse, addiction and mental illness.

During this time of self isolation I found that I have saved money on train fare, coffees, and packets of Tim Tams. If you have extra cash and want to help a charity doing good work for women and at-risk youth, please donate to this fundraiser so these vital programs can continue.

Please help as the programs are stretched to capacity and under threat of closure due to lack of funds.

Will you provide woman or young girl a lifeline so that she can feel validated and connected to the community?

Please share with your networks and make a donation if you can.

Mentoring Works

What the charity is asking for and why

This is one of the hardest letters I have written since taking up the role of CEO at the Women’s Justice Network. As the Covid-19 virus has evolved over the last few weeks and as we all practise social distancing ourselves and ensure that our families and loved ones are safe, please spare a thought for the impact on the women and girls we walk alongside every day.

We have lost our opportunity to hold our fundraising events that keep our programs going.

Our Healing from Within girls Creativity, Culture and Connection groups have ceased with these girls now becoming extremely isolated and unsupported as a result. Our Mentoring Programs for girls and women entangled in the Criminal Justice System continue to support and virtually walk alongside them as they become isolated within their homes, refuges, rehabilitation centres with some falling through the cracks and living on the streets and finding refuge with unsafe partners.

I am hearing firsthand how women and girls are suffering from anxiety, depression and are feeling as though they are still in prison even though they have completed serving their sentence. It breaks my heart that we have over 30 women and girls who have been referred to WJN to be supported as they have no-one to turn to and we cannot take them on at this time.

Our June 2020 fundraiser and other planned fundraising events will not go ahead due to the Covid-19 virus and the current governments forced social distancing and closure of venue rules.

What this means is that we have a higher than usual demand on our services, staff and our amazing volunteer mentors are staying in touch with 100 women and girls who are being supported over the phone and through virtual means.

Without additional funding being received by the 31 May 2020 our Programs will be severely affected with 50% of our staffing being stood down.

This will mean that less women and girls will be supported, no new women and girls will be able to receive support and women and girls entangled in the criminal justice system will fall through the cracks and will end up back in custody.

I am urging you to donate what you can, as little as $10 can help, circulate this to others, share our story. We need $250,000 to enable us to keep offering support to women and girls through this crisis.

Further support will be needed to support and finalise our On-Line Healing from Within Creatively, Culture and Connection Program for girls in custody and community, we need to continue to provide opportunities for girls and women to feel hopeful about their future.

I know that all over the world people are being impacted by the spread of the Covid-19 Virus and our lives are being changed through the government interventions put in place to keep us all safe, I am pleading with you to show your compassion and give what you can to help WJN to keep its services open and allow us to remove the isolation that women and girls in the criminal justice system are currently experiencing more than ever before. Together we can make a real difference and support women and girls to not go back to prison and to be able to stay safe and healthy during the Covid-19 period and beyond.

Thank you and please share our appeal to others.

Yours in solidarity

Gloria Larman
Women’s Justice Network