Winter donations warm hearts

Good will knows no bounds.

Students, teachers and friends of Woodleigh School’s Penbank campus in Moorooduc have considered the welfare of others during a particularly icy winter this year.
The high quality items will go to Wayss’ Southern Women’s Integrated Support Services (SWISS) centre, a family violence refuge for women and children, which offers specialist crisis support.

In addition to their winter woolies, the school’s Parents and Friends Committee raised a $1,000 donation to SWISS.
Wayss Family Violence Crisis and High Risk Response Manager, Lisa, said the donation will go towards a new computer for the youth and children’s sensory room, which forms a crucial part of the refuge.

To help our most vulnerable, the school-led coat drive netted well over 100 men’s, women’s and children’s jackets and winter clothing.

“To provide children fleeing family violence a place to be able to continue with their education, using the computer to assist them with homework and assignments,” she said.

“It will also provide an opportunity to have access to the normal types of activities they are used to, such as playing computer games.

“Both these types of activities give vulnerable young people a chance to feel ‘normal’, for even a short amount of time.”

Wayss in the 1990s

Then in September 1997 the organisation became WAYSS Limited with a Board of Directors and day to day management by the Chief Executive Officer.

Wayss underwent further transformation with the restructure of community housing and the funding of the Transitional Housing Management (THM) program. The Regional Housing Council ceased operation and transferred direct service operations to Wayss in 1997.

During this decade Wayss became responsible for the then South East Women’s Domestic Violence Outreach Service. Funding was also received to establish a Children’s Services Worker within the outreach service. SAAP funded Women’s Outreach Program was also transferred to Wayss in 1999.