Join the 2019 Wodonga Community Walk Against Family Violence and show that our community will not tolerate family violence.
The 2019 Community Walk Against Family Violence will be held on:
Wednesday 4 December, at 11am
The walk will start outside St Stephen’s Church, head down High St and finish with a free barbecue in Junction Place at 12pm.
Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Albury through a generous community grant, the walk is part of the City of Wodonga’s 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence.
The aim of the walk is to contribute to and generate conversation in the community about family violence, raise awareness of the work being done locally to tackle family violence and to support survivors.
Please join us and, if you can, wear orange to show your support.
Did you know?
- Wodonga is in the top 10 per cent in Victoria for reported incidence of family violence
- An estimated 40 per cent of family violence occurs in front of children
- 1 in 3 Australian women have experienced physical violence since the age of 16
- On average, one woman a week is murdered by a current or former partner
For assistance or advice for yourself or another person, please call Junction Support Services on 02 6043 7400 or 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732).
If your life is in danger, call 000.
Enquiries about the Community Walk Against Family Violence: Junction Support Services on 02 6043 7401 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you to everyone who visited our stall at the Wodonga Children’s Fair on 27 October.
We had such a great time that we’ll be back next year!
In honour of our organisation’s 30th birthday, we had a giant cardboard birthday cake and asked children to draw on and write messages on it.
We had lots of play and activities for children but by far our most popular attraction was Daisy The Wonderdog.
Daisy belongs to our Continued Care team member Colleen and loves assisting the children and young people who visit Junction’s offices.
Thank you to Bunnings Wodonga for donating the play equipment for our stall.
Please tell us what you think:
Do you have any suggestions for our stall at next year’s Wodonga Children’s Fair?
Please email us and let us know: email@example.com
We’re celebrating 30 years of our work in the community and all the children of Wodonga are invited to celebrate with us at our stall the Wodonga Children’s Fair on Sunday (27 October 2019).
A FREE event, the Wodonga Children’s Fair is on from 10am-3pm on Sunday, 27 October, at the Wodonga Racecourse.
Our stall will have a birthday theme and a large birthday cake, made of cardboard, that we want the kids of Wodonga to come and decorate.
Junction’s Families and Children’s Services Team Acting Manager Lauren Wallace says: “Junction’s mission is to work with families and individuals to support them to achieve their potential. No one deserves this opportunity more than our children. We invite parents, carers and children to come and chat to our team at the fair on Sunday.”
A not-for-profit organisation, Junction supports people in need across north-east Victoria.
Our work started in Wangaratta in 1989 – with one program and one worker to support people at risk of homelessness.
Today, 30 years later, we have 28 programs and support more than 1500 people a year right across north east Victoria!
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Thank you Good Deed Garage for raising $5000 to support young parents and their infants in the Wodonga area.
The team at Good Deed Garage take tired old motorcycles, recondition the bikes and then raffle them to raise money for charity.
In the most recent Good Deed Garage raffle, a lovingly restored 1971 Honda CB350 raised $10,000. The funds will be split equally between our young parents programs and for Lilydale charity Holy Fools and used to support people experiencing homelessness.
Our Youth Services Manager Katharine Hodgens said it was the most significant donation from the community that our programs to support young parents had ever received.
“We’ll use the funds to support local families who are part of our supporting young parents program or living at our Young Mums Unit because they are experiencing or at risk of homelessness,” Katharine said.
“Our sincere thanks go to Good Deed Garage’s Cliff Overton and locals Mark Riddell, from MLR Custom Coachbuilder, and Dave Payne, from Status Customs.
“Thank you Good Deed Garage for supporting these young parents and their infants, this support will be life changing.”
You can find out more about future raffles on the Good Deed Garage facebook page.
Unfortunately, because of predicted bad weather, we have had to cancel the planned Homelessness Week event in Wodonga on 8 August.
But you can still join the fight against homelessness.
Did you know that more than 1000 local people who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness have sought assistance for themselves and their families from the region’s support agencies so far this year?
Hume Region Homelessness Network Coordinator Linda Grellman says homelessness is a growing crisis in our community.
“The housing affordability crisis has created a dire shortage of affordable options for people on very low incomes. There are families, couples and single people right across the Hume region who are doing it tough and are at risk of homelessness,” she says.
“Homelessness Week is an opportunity for us to shine a light on the issue and spark important discussions about the issues that are driving homelessness in Wodonga.”
Junction Support Services Youth Team manager Katharine Hodgens said homelessness can happen to anyone of any age.
“Family violence is one of the main reasons for homelessness,” she says.
“Family violence is a reason that young people have to leave home with nowhere to go and struggle to get a rental property because they don’t have any references.
“Family violence is the reason why some marriages end after 20 years, leaving people with nothing and nowhere to live.”
Ways you can help:
1. Donate funds online at junction.org.au/campaigns
2. Add your name to the Everybody’s Home campaign everybodyshome.com.au and join the campaign for a better, fairer housing system for everyone
Thank you to the Commonwealth Bank team at Wodonga for donating $500 to support local parents and children in crisis due to family violence.
When families flee violence they often leave with nothing but what they are wearing.
That makes it especially hard to change schools and start over.
So, we’ll use the donation to buy school bags, shoes and the basics for families in need.
Thanks to Rachael and Rebecca for visiting our office to deliver the cheque, which was funded by the Commonwealth bank foundation’s Community program, and hearing about why we do the work we do.
Over the next few months, Commonwealth Bank has pledged to donate $500,000 nationally to recognise organisations that make a difference in the communities in which we live and work.
Each Commonwealth Bank branch and customer-facing team has been allocated $500 to donate to causes important to their local community.
Commonwealth Bank’s Wodonga branch team voted to support the great work of Junction.
“We’re very excited to have the opportunity to support the Junction Support Services,” Rachael Holt, Commonwealth Bank Wodonga Branch Manager said.
Our Families and Children’s Team Leader, Colleen Crispe, said the $500 donation would make a significant difference to families in crisis.
“Thank you Commonwealth Bank Wodonga on behalf of all of us at Junction, and the families this donation will assist,” she said.
Thank you Bunnings Wodonga for generously donating $500 worth of products to our Young Mum’s Unit.
We’ll be able to make the Young Mum’s Unit more homely thanks to the children’s furniture, household items and storage equipment.
Special thanks to Bec from Bunnings for going above and beyond for these mums and children, even supplying “doggie” door snakes to block any winter drafts.
And thanks also to Jamie for delivering all the products to our Wodonga office.
Our Young Mum’s Unit is a safe place in the Wodonga area where we support pregnant women and new mothers between the ages of 15 and 25 who have been homeless, or are at risk of homelessness.