Women’s refuge opens soon

Hunter Domestic Violence Support and Advisory Services (HDVSAS) is putting the finishing touches on its new refuge, ‘Jodie’s Place’.

The women’s and children’s refuge is due to open by the end of June or the first week in July, a feat that would not have been possible without the support of local business and community groups.

One such group is Cessnock Wine Country Lions Club, who recently donated $1880 for a fire-proof water tank, on top of the $1100 they had already contributed.

Club members Ed and Ashley have also assisted in placing leaf guard in the guttering around the house.

“The people of Cessnock have been very generous and have taken us to their hearts, but sadly we are always in need of more assistance,” HDVSAS chairperson Paula Mudd said.

Their current wish list includes a people mover to transport women and children from the Cessnock office to the refuge, plus it will also be used to drive their residents to doctor’s appointments and more.

They are applying for a grant to build a playground for the children who come to the refuge; in addition they are also planning to have a vegetable garden and a chicken coop at the house.

For more information on the services available, or to make a donation, phone 4990 9609 or visit www.hdvsas.com.

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