Our ‘Bra Gifting Days’ are all about empowering women with dignity and respect. The purpose is twofold. Firstly, we provide women with bras, underwear and toiletries which provides dignity and encourages a sense of self-worth and self-care. Secondly, we get to connect with the women face to face. (This is what we are about). We meet and find out what their needs are. Once we understand their needs, we can then connect them to the relevant services that we believe can best support their immediate needs. This is critical.
Our Bra Gifting Days consist of women coming to an event and getting a full day of care and pampering. We professionally measure the women and they leave with a bag of correctly fitting bras. We also provide them with new underwear, a complete toiletry care pack, sanitary items and refreshments.
Along with bras and products we have wonderful services that gift their time freely to provide haircuts and makeovers. The women leave these events feeling empowered and cared for. We are also fortunate to have the BreastScreen clinics supporting our events.
MOBILE SUPPORT SERVICES
The first purpose of the Street Outreach Project service which provides on the ground mobile support to the most vulnerable women and girls who are homeless or facing extreme hardship.
REMOTE SUPPORT SERVICES
The second purpose of the Outreach Project is our commitment to providing women and girls in remote and inaccessible location especially indigenous communities.
We are going to be expanding our face to face support in 2020.
We have always had a strong emphasis on collaboration and have some extremely successful partnerships with organisations within the homeless sector and support sector.
We are aware of serious gaps in the support service sector in regard to face to face support and connections. We aim to work in conjunction with, and connect women too, mental health care, rehabilitation/therapeutic services, financial planners, nutritionists, social workers, legal practitioners and advocates, and any other associated support service. Too often women are given paperwork or directed to a service but do not have the knowledge, resources or strength to engage with these services. This year we will be developing the support program to meet the needs of women in the community.
A few of the successful partnerships we have are the likes of Kalwun Health Services. (https://www.kalwun.com.au/) We support their community with regular Bra Gifting Events. These events have a tiered purpose. Firstly it allows us to support and educate indigenous women/girls on their health and wellbeing when it comes to wearing and fitting of their bras, but it also facilitates a positive environment in which women can meet and connect outside of their normal routine. The benefits have been huge.
We work alongside https://orangesky.org.au/. This has been a really exciting partnership for us. The ethos and purpose of Orange Sky is all about connection and conversations which we aspire to with our friends. Working alongside their laundry vans allows us to connect and support friends that are already on the street and who feel safe using their service. It has been an excellent platform for us to launch from.
SUPPORTING SOCIAL WORKERS IN HOSPITAL
Can you imagine being discharged from hospital in a hospital gown? For many homeless and disenfranchised women this is a sad and unacceptable reality. We currently supply Gold Coast University Hospital with care packs which include bras, underwear and toiletries. We have even helped to provide care for women suffering from terminal illnesses and in the last stages of their lives. We aim to expand these services to various hospitals in 2020.