Bunnings Bellambi giving a helping hand!

Thank you to Bunnings Bellambi for their generous donation of laundry and bathroom starter packs. Starting out fresh can be expensive, so these items will be of great help to our clients when they are setting up in their new homes”.

Home starter packs are very useful for our clients, it’s so expensive to purchase cleaning products including sponges and wipes , brooms, mops, bathroom accessories, laundry powders, pegs and peg baskets, cleaning gloves, buckets and washing baskets, dustpans, toilet brushes, hand paper towels and tissues  and can save our clients a lot of money and these items aren’t thought of until needed.

Country Women’s Association Nowra

These lovely ladies, Barbara Grant, Grant Officer and Deborah Kelly, Treasurer from the Country Women’s Association Nowra, called in to the DVRE today out of the blue.  They said they had some funding to purchase groceries and wanted to know what we were short of.  A couple of hours later these lovely elves returned with bags of grocery items for our women and children.

Quota International Leisure Coast and Cancer Carers

12 November – SAHSSI were invited to the annual Installation Dinner for the Quota International Leisure Coast and what a great night it was! SAHSSI sincerely thanks the club and appreciates the support we receive from this wonderful group.

SAHSSI was presented with bags of toiletries from Quota and Cancer Carers along with beautiful hand-made bags sewn by the president herself, our clients will love them!
Behind every great woman are great women, thank you for your ongoing support!

Homelessness Sleep out – Towradgi Public School

7 November –  SAHSSI staff visited the Towradgi Public School where the students had their first ever sleep out to raise awareness of homelessness. Approximately 50 students form years 3 to 6 participated.

The students nominated homelessness as their Passion Project and asked if they could do a sleep out to raise awareness for people experiencing homelessness. Their teachers said that the sleep out was an award for their outstanding assessments.

SAHSSI were the ones that were rewarded with donations of non-perishable food items and shoes, which will be of great assistance!

During the evenings, activities the children read out poems they had written and they were very insightful and moving, showing that they had an understanding of what a person may feel and have to go through.

They asked great questions and the staff could see that these lovely caring students could be future social workers!

Well done and thank you to all the students, teachers and parents for including SAHSSI in your amazing initiative to raise awareness and reduce stigma for people experiencing homelessness.

Zonta Club of Wollongong

20 November 2019 –  SAHSSI had the pleasure of attending the Zonta Club of Wollongong dinner meeting where we were presented with 12 home starter packs. The tubs were filled with much needed items such as toilet paper, kitchen utensils, tea towels, personal hygiene items, kitchen cloths, household cleaning items and much more! .

We just love donations like these; our clients can be ready for when they move into their new homes. This REALLY helps in a big way.

Zonta have been supporters of SAHSSI for many years and we sincerely thank them for their ongoing support.

“When women support each other incredible things happen”

Donation – Shoalhaven City Council Charity Wheel Winners

SAHSSI’s Shoalhaven Manager Lesley, attended a presentation at Shoalhaven City Council today. The invitation was extended by Jane Lewis, Acting Group Director of Corporate, Finance and Community to receive a donation that had been raised by staff at the Council through their Mufty Day fines. A total of $6,000 had been raised and six local charities were successful when the Council Charity Wheel was spun: SAHSSI being one of them. Congratulations to the charities and a big thank you to Doug, Vanessa, Ashlea, and Michael from Shoalhaven City Council (pictured). SAHSSI is so very grateful for the support and their very generous donation.

White Ribbon Day – Shoalhaven

This White Ribbon Day the Nowra DV White Ribbon Committee organised a White Ribbon Morning Tea that was supported by Shoalhaven City Council. The event was organised to celebrate some of Shoalhaven’s young artists who entered into an art competition demonstrating their take on a respectful relationship. Congratulations.


2019 Illawarra White Ribbon Day Walk

SAHSSI walks at the 2019 Illawarra White Ribbon Day Walk

At 7.00am Friday morning SAHSSI staff were ready to walk to raise awareness of domestic violence in our local area. We enjoy being a part of the Illawarra Committee Against Domestic Violence and the ongoing message to “Say NO to Domestic Violence”. We were thrilled to see our friends the Zonta Club of Wollongong and Quota International Leisure CoastWollongong Police DistrictLake Illawarra Police District and the many other organisations we partner with.

Event – HMAS Sunset Ceremony

This month SAHSSI gladly accepted an invitation to the Sunset Ceremony at HMAS Albatross appreciate the support we receive from HMAS who are always thinking of us. A beautiful night, thank you.

Donation Drive – Lake Illawarra HEaRD Women’s Group

Last Friday the year 9 girls group at Lake Illawarra High School ran a bake sale within their school community to continue to raise funds to support women and children. Girls, we thank you for your enthusiasm and initiative in raising funds that go directly to make a difference in the lives of women and children who are doing it tough.

SAHSSI and Oak Flats High School White Ribbon event

Yesterday SAHSSI were invited to participate in Oak Flats High School White Ribbon event.

It was a great morning and the ceremony started with the student’s providing information on domestic and family abuse

The oath was led by the students and a long white ribbon was rolled out for teachers and students to sign.

The school band and signers performed a beautiful song.

After the ceremony the teachers and students formed a big white ribbon on their school oval and where joined by the Fire and Rescue NSW Station 488 Shellharbour and Lake Illawarra Police District in support of raising and preventing violence against women and children.

Thank you for having us as part of your White Ribbon Day.


SAHSSI and Albion Park High  – White Ribbon Event

In October, SAHSSI were invited by Albion Park High School to attend a workshop to talk to some very amazing Year 11 boys about our organisation and what it means to be an Upstander, not a Bystander when it comes to violence against women. These young men chose to attend because they want to make a difference and arranged fundraisers such as Basketball competition, BBQ and a mufti day where students wore a white accessory in honour of White Ribbon Day.

On 26th November, SAHSSI were invited to Albion Park High School’s White Ribbon Assembly. This was a powerful event where the students spoke about Domestic Violence and its impacts. Principal Suzi Clapham spoken about how women are portrayed in pop culture and challenged the students to question this even when it is uncool.

Students heard that the cycle of violence can be broken and that it takes a promise and commitment. Students took the White Ribbon Oath together and learnt that help is available. We explained the services of SAHSSI and why our work is important and shared de-identified client journey. Students presented SAHSSI with two Playstation 4 consoles, board games, dress ups and LEGO sets.

SAHSSI commended the school (teachers and students) on being so proactive, especially in regards to young men respecting women. Albion Park High School are certainly leading the way and we are so grateful for their support. We look forward to continuing our partnership next year!