Following on from our Domestic Violence Awareness Month last May - We hope you can help too?
This Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we locked in essential workplace education and shared unique insights regarding children. We also sponsored two incredible initiatives to help support those impacted by domestic and family violence (DFV) and work towards ending violence and abuse in Australia for good.
First up, five homes will be refurnished so families impacted by DFV can make a fresh start.
We couldn’t resist getting involved in the practical and hands-on initiative that is RizeUp’s Home Program. Essentially, when a family leaves a refuge, RizeUp facilitates the furnishing of their new accommodation so that the family has everything they need to make it a home. Across the Lendlease Office Portfolio, we're funding the establishment of five homes valued at $5,000 each.
RizeUp relies on volunteers to help set up the homes—this is where you come in. We’re looking for 5-10 volunteers from International Towers Two, Three & International House to spend a day helping set up a home. From unpacking the truck to putting the final touches on the beds, you'll truly be making a difference to those in need.
If you're keen to roll up your sleeves and volunteer, simply let us know by visiting our Partner Portal page via the button below. This is a first-in best-dressed opportunity. We’ll then confirm the finer details with the lucky volunteers shortly.
A heads up that you’ll need to undertake a Police Check to volunteer.
Secondly, more than 500 students will learn about the impact of domestic and family violence.
That is, collectively across our Lendlease Office Portfolio, we're supporting the expansion of the Walk the Talk school program by funding an additional 5-6 high schools across Sydney and Melbourne this year. The program is all about starting ‘em young when it comes to domestic violence awareness and includes two phases:
- Students participate in a half-day workshop by Enlighten Education, where they learn about gender equality, healthy relationships, consent, and the serious and long-term effects of DFV. The education is trauma-informed, survivor-centred and promotes positivity while avoiding shame and gender stereotypes.
- Students then undertake a service-learning activity at their local shelter. They can fundraise, donate goods, or undertake needed projects like building art supplies baskets for Shelter kids to use in afterschool care.
The program aims to build empathy, connection, and an understanding that these issues don’t just happen in ‘other’ communities. By taking early action and providing education on DFV to high school students, we might just stand a chance in changing community attitudes towards violence and abuse.