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23 Jul

Open Support awarded $70,000 from the Estate of The Late Harry Leslie Howden Bequest Trust

Open Support is very pleased to announce that we have been awarded $70,000 from the Estate of The Late Harry Leslie Howden Bequest Trust, granted through the Perpetual IMPACT Funding Program. The funds will be used to assist women and children on temporary visas escaping Domestic and Family Violence. In particular, they will allow us to provide transitional housing and specialist support to women and their children for up to 18 months, enabling them to live a life free from abuse...

01 Jul

Helping Domestic Violence survivors to safety and independence

Helping Domestic Violence survivors to safety and independence In the last eight weeks, five women were killed by their partners or ex-partners across NSW – a shocking statistic reminding everyone, though no reminder is required, that more actions and support are needed urgently in Australia to tackle the complex issue of domestic abuse. At Open Support, we have been working on reducing the impact of domestic violence for 30 years, caring for women and their children escaping a violent home. We support...

23 Jun

30 years of Mission in action

Open Support: 30 years of Mission in action By Sr Clare Nolan, Congregational Leader, Sisters of Charity. Celebrating an anniversary in the midst of a pandemic can be unsettling. But it can also be truly inspiring. I believe this is the case for Open Support. Drawing on 30 years of experience, meeting the needs of our time, Open Support knew how to read the signs of these difficult times and act on it. The birth of Open Support in 1990 is intertwined with...

19 May

Commitment, kindness, resilience: celebrating our wonderful volunteers

Commitment, kindness, resilience: celebrating our wonderful volunteers This week is National Volunteer Week and this year’s theme, “Changing Lives, Changing Communities” could not be more apt. The uncertain times we live in have undoubtedly tested our ability to adapt to a world that has never changed so drastically and quickly before. When it’s about adjusting to better support the vulnerable in the community, we find a way. At Open Support, that adjustment unfortunately included the suspension of activities with volunteers for a while...

08 May

Intensity of care meeting intensity of need for domestic violence survivors

Intensity of care meeting intensity of need for domestic violence survivors  Marianne Ibrahim, Domestic and Family Violence Manager at Open Support, spoke with Dr Dan Fleming in his podcast series “Compassion, Courage, Consolation : Voices for St Vincent’s during COVID-19”. Listen to the discussion to learn from Marianne how she and her team have adapted the intensity and delivery of care to domestic violence victims to meet the challenges presented by COVID-19. Click here to listen to the Podcast   Message from Marianne Staying...

17 Apr

COVID-19: How Open Support is stepping up to address rising social needs

COVID-19: How Open Support is stepping up to address rising social needs Helping the most vulnerable through the crisis The Coronavirus pandemic has disrupted the way we live to an unprecedented level over the past few weeks. Yet the vulnerable in our community have seen their lives affected by the crisis even more heavily. At Open Support, our mission has been to address unmet social needs since 1990, and today these unmet needs are rising in the face of the crisis. Actions...

12 Mar

Spotlight on our volunteer Jane Worsfold

Spotlight on our volunteer Jane Worsfold Jane Worsfold has been a volunteer Country Care Link Driver for the past 3 years. Jane embodies the values of Open Support and she is dedicated to her voluntary work and the work she does to help others. We are so grateful to have her as part of our team. What are your reasons for volunteering at Open Support? I began volunteering as a driver as soon as I stopped working. Being able to accept requests that...

09 Dec

Myer Gift wrapping, we need YOU!

At Open Support we do a variety of social services to help the poor and the vulnerable and we need YOU to help us. We are doing a Christmas wrapping campaign at Myer (City store, 436 George St, Sydney) from Friday 9th Dec to Tuesday 24th Dec and we have positions that need to be filled to help wrap Christmas presents. This generates much needed money that allows us to continue the good works that Open Support does, so sign up...

09 Dec

3 Questions to Sister Jan O’Grady

3 Questions to Sister Jan O’Grady, Open Support champion As a Sister of Charity, Sr Jan has carried out the congregation’s mission through her work at Open Support for 10 years, and is embarking on a well-deserved retirement at the end of this year. If you ask Open Support volunteers and staff to describe her, they will tell you Sr Jan is a source of inspiration, a great example of humility and a caring woman. In her eyes, her successes are...

05 Dec

16 Days of Activism

Taking action against gender-based violence Did you know 16 Days of Activism is run by over 6,000 organizations in 187 countries? Since 1991, this campaign has been taking a stand against gender-based violence from 25 November and 10 December. On average, one woman is murdered every week by a partner or an ex in Australia. Marianne Ibrahim, Domestic and Family Violence Program Manager at Open Support, talks about the multitude of obstacles for women who experience domestic violence. How important are...

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