Mineral Resources has committed $1.5 million to fund front-line support positions at the under-construction Ruah Centre for Women and Children.
Mineral Resources has committed $1.5 million to fund front-line support positions at the under-construction Ruah Centre for Women and Children under a three-year partnership.
The miner announced the partnership with crisis accommodation facility operator Ruah Community Services at a community breakfast on Wednesday, during the 16 Days in WA campaign.
Ruah Community Services will operate the $30 million, seven-storey Ruah Centre for Women and Children for domestic violence victim-survivors once operational in mid-2024.
Ruah also operated a women's crisis accommodation service from the Rod Evans Community Centre, in partnership with the City of Perth and its Safe Night Space trial.
The two-year trial came to an end yesterday, sparking a spat between City of Perth Mayor Basil Zempilas and Premier Roger Cook over the centre's closure.
The $1.5 million partnership will fund the positions for five Koorta Guides, who will be the first point of contact for clients at the new centre in Northbridge.
Once up and running, the centre's 10 guides will aim to help women navigate and connect with services such as healthcare, child protection, income support and housing.
Ruah chief executive officer Debra Zanella said the organisation was pleased to partner with MinRes in delivering this first of its kind service to Western Australian women and children.
“Without supportive partners such as MinRes, we would not be able to create new, innovative services focused on long term recovery and healing,” she said.
“MinRes represents a new paradigm in corporate giving, where social responsibility and generosity converge to drive real change for WA.”
The partnership announcement comes in line with the 16 Days in WA campaign that aims to encourage more people to take part in stopping violence against women.
The state government committed $6.6 million to the new Ruah Centre for Women and Children.
MinRes executive general manager of people Andrea Chapman said the company was inspired by Ruah’s work and felt privileged to partner with them.
“As the Ruah team has shared with us, effective support for women and children who have experienced family and domestic violence goes beyond helping them through the immediate crisis,” she said.
“Koorta Guides will be on the frontline every day to provide comprehensive, sustained support that can make the difference between surviving and thriving.”