Bags of Share the Dignity goodies have been delivered to Sydney's girls refuge.

Bags of Share the Dignity goodies have been delivered to Sydney’s girls refuge.

Have you heard of a group called ‘Share the Dignity’? The group’s aim is to provide homeless and at risk women around Australia with sanitary products to allow them a sense of dignity at a time when they need it most. Well, just before Christmas one of their collectors contacted us about passing on handbags to homeless women and women in refuges, and the bags had been filled with pads, tampons and toiletries. A heap of the bags were gratefully received by an organisation close to our heart, Young People’s Refuge, which is the only girls crisis refuge in Sydney. Every year, the girls’ refuge provides care for around 200 girls aged 13 to 17 years, both in the large house in inner Sydney and also in the community. The girls often have nothing, or very little. Packing and affording pads/tampons and toiletries has often been an impossibility. The girls can be from all manner of life experiences, but usually it’s because the girls aren’t able to be at home. Sometimes it’s because the family’s going through difficulties or experiencing a crisis, often however it’s because home isn’t a safe place due to domestic violence, child abuse or neglect. The skilled staff at the refuge work with the girls to stabilise their circumstances until safe, longer term accommodation is found – sometimes this means reuniting families, or the girls being able to live with aunts or grandparents, sometimes it means foster care, a longer term refuge or, for older girls, transitioning to living independently. These bags of expensive goodies are going to be very useful. Big thanks to all the people who donated so generously and to the hard work of Share the Dignity for making it all possible. For more detail about Share the Dignity, go to their website: www.sharethedignity.com.au

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