Elandra Women and Children's Refuge
Elandra Refuge provides crisis accommodation and support to single women and women with children. Safe and secure accommodation is provided to women and children who may be victims of domestic violence.
Clients are assisted to develop the necessary living, social and parenting skills which will help them to sustain their own tenancy. Elandra is a supportive and caring environment which assists women and children to overcome the effects of domestic violence and rebuild their lives.
Initially, Lilly was very nervous about moving into a refuge, but soon found that it was a very warm and nurturing environment.
Lilly and her four children moved into Elandra after a period of homelessness due to a relationship breakdown. They had been staying at her mother’s house for some time, which had caused friction in the household and then began ‘couch surfing’ with family, but was worried that this too would cause problems.
Initially, Lilly was very nervous about moving into a refuge, but soon found that it was a very warm and nurturing environment. The children were enrolled at the local public school and staff organised health and dental checks for them and found that the youngest child did in fact need glasses. One of Lilly’s sons showed great potential as a Rugby League player and staff registered him in the local team, where he absolutely thrived.
With encouragement and support from staff, Lilly began applying for private rentals and was successful in the local area, which meant the children could remain in their school and sports teams. This was a great result for this family and the children visited recently showing us their school Merit Awards.
Elandra is funded by Community Services as a Specialist Homelessness Service and is supported by numerous community groups and organisations.