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.
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Do you have any suggestions for our stall at next year’s Wodonga Children’s Fair?
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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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We’re proud to have started working towards being an accredited Rainbow Tick organisation and this week celebrated the start of our journey by holding a “Wear It Purple” Day.
The Rainbow Tick is a national accreditation program for organisations that are committed to safe and inclusive practice, and service delivery for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) people.
Wear it Purple Day is an international movement to foster supportive, safe, empowering and inclusive environments for rainbow young people and show LGBTIQ+ young people that they have the right to be proud of who they are.
Our Wear It Purple event, which was organised by our Rainbow Tick Working Group, attracted the usual passion from our team.
We held an afternoon tea and presentation by our Rainbow Tick Working Group to share what we are doing as an organisation to make sure that everyone who comes through our doors feel safe and included.
The judging panel, made up of staff from non operational teams, gave the chocolates to Specialist Adolescent Services team, pictured below, for its “bad purple minions” theme and team effort.
Thanks to all of our team who never fail to surprise us with their passion and creativity.
Thanks to a grant of $5000 through Border Trust, local young Aboriginal people will benefit from Cultural Adventure Camps to be run by Junction Support Services.
The funding was provided by 1494 2AY, Edge FM and the Geoff and Helen Handbury Foundation.
The camp will benefit local young Aboriginal people aged 13 to 17, who have experienced difficult circumstances in their lives.
Youth Services manager Katharine Hodgens said the camp and associated program would focus on self-esteem, self-confidence, teamwork and connection to community and culture.
“Adventure activities such as hiking and camping create challenges for these young people that will support them to grow and develop,” she said.
“The camp will give young people the opportunity to develop an understanding of their place in society and to contribute back to their community.’’
The young people will be guided through this journey by three Junction Support Services staff members, two of whom identify as Aboriginal people.
We developed the camp in response to an increasing number of Aboriginal young people seeking our support.
All of us at Junction Support Services would like to thank Border Trust, 2AY, Edge FM and the Geoff and Helen Handbury Foundation for supporting our work and assisting young people in need.
Congratulations to all the other organisations that also received funding at Border Trust’s The Big Give event.
We sold 2,640 Krispy Kreme donuts (220 boxes), raising more than $1700 for our L2P driving and Leaving Care programs.
Thank you to everyone who supported this fundraiser, especially to our great “Friends of Junction”, McRae Holden, in Wodonga, and RSM, in Albury, for their donut orders and also for their ongoing support for the work we do to support young people in our community.
The Krispy Kreme donut drive fundraiser was so successful that we’re thinking about making it an annual event!
Briony, our Team Leader in Specialist Adolescent Services, and Jacque, our Volunteers Co-ordinator, drove to Melbourne to collect the donuts.
And, to their great excitement, they had so many orders that they got to visit the secret donut factory to collect them!
Jacque says: “This money will go directly to helping support young people to reach their full potential through additional professional driving lessons and activities to encourage their community engagement.”
The funds raised will be used in two programs that support young people to achieve their full potential:
Our L2P driving program matches experienced volunteer drivers with local young people who do not have a car or anyone who can teach them to drive.
Funded by VicRoads and supported by the Transport Accident Commission, L2P supports Learner drivers to reach the required 120 hours to obtain their P-plates.
Our Leaving Care program supports young people who have lived in Out of Home Care because they have been unable to live with their families or in foster care to transition to independent living in the community.
Our volunteer Leaving Care mentors are an important part of this support, providing guidance and a positive role model.
To find out more about volunteering with us (or to express your interest in the next Krispy Kreme donut run), please contact Jacque on 02 6043 7400.
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.