May 9, 2018

Hansard – Statements by Members – Detour House and The Girls Refuge – Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Mr ALBANESE (Grayndler) (13:53): I rise to support Detour House and its sister organisation The Girls Refuge, which are crisis centres for young women and girls located in the inner west. Detour House provides up to 15 months support to young adult women recovering from drug and alcohol dependency and other complex problems, while also providing support for independent housing transitions after a stay at the house. Since 1975 The Girls Refuge, based in Leichhardt, has cared for over 200 girls at a time aged 13 to 15, either on site at the refuge or within the local area. The refuge helps girls who are at high risk of homelessness due to family breakdown, domestic and family violence, trauma, abuse or other problems related to drug and alcohol misuse or problems with mental health. The refuge is a supportive home-like environment where the girls are able to receive assistance to stabilise their lives. I’m pleased to be supporting these organisations at a fundraiser on Monday, 11 June 2018 at the Leichhardt bowling club. The main attraction is a performance by the Day Street Band, a group of musos from Day Street, Leichhardt, who will give up their time, as they have for the last few years. I’ll be providing a bit of support at the event, DJ’ing as the warm-up act to support these women and girls— (Time expired)