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CEO Update: January

By Helen Silvia

Published on January 14, 2022

Happy New Year WAGEC Community!

Although the year has not gotten off to the smoothest start, I feel excited by the potential the next 12 months hold and the projects, initiatives, and work WAGEC will be delivering this year.

WAGEC remained open throughout the festive period and will continue to support women and families during this new surge of COVID-19 cases. Our staff have continued to work tirelessly, managing COVID positive cases with our clients and workforce and ensuring the best possible care and safety for all.

I want to take this moment to wish everyone the greatest safety as we ride the wave of this new variant, Omicron. I also want to extend my sincere thanks to everyone who supported WAGEC over the Christmas period by making a financial donation, collecting and dropping off material aid, volunteering and raising funds. Your unwavering support meant that women and families in our local community received the essential material items they needed throughout, what is usually, the hardest time of year.

In other news, we are very much settled into our new space at 36-38 George Street, Redfern and look forward to inviting our WAGEC Community into the space once it is safe. I want to acknowledge and thank all the staff who supported our clients in Redfern and across our three crisis refuges over the Christmas period. Their patience and dedication to supporting women and families, despite the ever-changing environment we find ourselves in, is truly commendable.

This week we have also launched the next round of our ACCESS Mentoring training, with an incredible cohort of nearly 170 volunteer mentors. This program has grown from strength to strength and exemplifies at its heart the power of community.

I feel excited to lead WAGEC into the next year and look forward to working with all of you to create safe futures for women and families.

Stay safe,

Helen