Patricia Giles Centre’s Rebecca West House refuge gets a makeover


Pieta Muste of Bunnings, Denise of Rebecca West House, Annette Swift and Julie Otremba of Bunnings Mindarie and Pam of Rebecca West House. Pictures: Martin Kennealey                                       d467439
Bunnings staff Cindy Holloway, Nardia Ginn and Sharon Rice with Denise from Rebecca West House.
Pieta Muste of Bunnings, Denise of Rebecca West House, Annette Swift and Julie Otremba of Bunnings Mindarie and Pam of Rebecca West House. Pictures: Martin Kennealey d467439 Bunnings staff Cindy Holloway, Nardia Ginn and Sharon Rice with Denise from Rebecca West House.

EMPLOYEES from northern suburbs hardware stores recently helped spruce up a women’s refuge.

Bunnings employees from the Clarkson and Hillarys stores volunteered at the Patricia Giles Centre’s Rebecca West House in March to revamp the garden and donate children’s furniture.

Centre chief executive Tillie Prowse said they made garden beds and provided seating for children who stay in the crisis accommodation.

“It will make a very real difference to the children and women at the refuge,” she said.

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“It creates a nice environment for people making them feel safe and that the community supports them at a time that they feel often nobody cares.”

The northern suburbs refuge provides crisis accommodation and counselling for women and children affected by domestic violence.

It also has services to help men who seek to improve the quality of their family relationships.

For emergency accommodation, call the crisis care line on 9223 1111.

Visit patgilescentre.org.au for more information.