About our Charity
How we began
I would personally like to thank you for visiting our website. What you will see on our site is a non for profit organisation that is run by women for women. We are a business that puts its heart and soul into everything we do. We are a non for profit that operates with transparency and integrity. We are supported by incredible volunteers, generous supporters which is you the public and I am extremely proud of Support The Girls. It is truly a labour of love.
People often ask me what is it like to run a non for profit and what qualifications does one need to be able to know what women need. The answer is simple. I am a mother, I was widowed at 39, a survivor and have succeeded through my roller coaster life with strong skills of resilience. I have walked the journey that so many of these women have walked on multiple levels. I can with absolute conviction identify with so many of their stories. So when I respond in a conversation, I not only respond with empathy but firsthand knowledge as do many of our volunteers. I also have my corporate background to tap into that allows me to run the business side of Support The Girls.
I understand what it is like to live in your own “bubble” and not broadcast to the world your struggles. I have always been an intensely private person, but also a very proud person so I would never ask for help. This is the reality of so many of our clients. It is not just the homeless women, or women impacted by domestic issues that are in need. Even in the everyday world, I know there are so many women out there who are trying to start their own business’s and have nothing in the fridge, yet go out there as if the world is at their feet and go home and dissolve back into reality. For them buying a bra, underwear or menstrual hygiene products is a struggle. It is that “fake it till you make it” attitude that we have to change. We need to make it, but as women we need to support each other more whilst we get there. We need to feel comfortable to reach out to our friends or community and say I need help. On the whole most women do not do this.
As an organisation, we are very much a work in progress. We expand and create new processes as we recognise and see a need. We are not funded and rely heavily in the generosity of the public. We are not wealthy from a fiscal value, but our wealth is in what we do. The look on a women’s face when she comes out of a fitting room is absolutely priceless. The hugs you receive from women when they leave a Bra Gifting event is real and filled with genuine appreciation.
As an organisation, we are very much a work in progress. We expand and create new processes as we identify a need. The landscape we work in is huge and varied. With growth and financial strength, we will be able to expand on what we deliver to women and girls. We know that our rural outreach service is essential as the need for support is far and wide in both our rural farming and rural indigenous communities. We have to support women and girls within our own communities. Why is this important you may ask? Well it is simple it is the cause and effect that is so vital. It is the long term impact that counts. If a woman has dignity, she can go out and seek employment, the flow on effect has so many positives. If she is a mother, she can be the role model for her children, she is supporting herself and indirectly her community. It reduces mental health issues that are so prevalent in so many of our communities.
So how can you help? There are various ways. Funding is obviously always needed. But we really need people/business’s that would either like to support us with their skillsets or product or financial. Bras, underwear etc.
So once again thank you for visiting our site and reading this. If there is one thing I would love you to take away from reading this, it would be to think about someone in your life that could possibly be struggling but not telling anyone. Just pick up the phone and ask them how they are.
My LIGHTBULB MOMENT
Jane spent a month researching the available services that supported women with underwear and could not find a single Australian service.
There were a few organisations that sent offshore but none that specifically looked after their own women and girls. So Jane threw all caution to the wind and walked away from her paid career in order to follow her heart and create a platform that would give women and girls their dignity back.
Our aim is to contribute to the foundation of a new social order for disenfranchised and isolated women, and the communities in which they live in. We are creating a platform that changes the hearts of its women, by burning away the prejudices of homelessness, enabling women to rediscover their merits, reinstate their creative capacity, exalt their dignity, enable their motives and transform their relationships between themselves and their respective community.
We aim to provide a grassroots framework of action to empower women to escape the cycle of poverty, violence, trauma or multiple structural oppressions. Transformation of the individual and transformation of the community unfold simultaneously. Spaces are created for women from all walks of life to foster relationships with other women in the community regardless of income, creed, age, or cultural background.
The women we support have experienced, or are experiencing, domestic violence, financial hardship, homelessness, loss of a spouse or family member and various other circumstances beyond their control. Support the Girls Australia want to cater for all facets of being disadvantaged. We aim to delve into the root causes of each individual’s hardship, and then equip them with the resources and knowledge required to overcome it.
We do this by:
- Reaching out to vulnerable and disadvantaged women and girls within our community
- Providing support services to meet the basic needs of vulnerable women and girls who are homeless, at risk of homelessness, disadvantaged and marginalised through poverty
- Providing bras and personal hygiene items to women and girls
- Providing personal support and advocacy for vulnerable women and girls
- Enhancing personal development, relationship skills and other life skills for those who access our service through the provision of personal and group support in a variety of responses and activities
- To identify need in our communities and work to address that for the target groups identified
The media often portray a drug and alcohol fuelled image of disenfranchised women and we know, from first hand experience, that this image could not be further from the truth. Our mission is to tackle this stigma by unveiling each woman’s full potential.