Housing Plus is committed to ensuring women and children experiencing domestic and family violence in Orange have access to accommodation and support to help keep them safe in their community.
With rates of violence at double the NSW average and no crisis centre, domestic violence services in Orange currently have few resources to offer victims.
Without a crisis centre, women and children are forced to leave Orange to find safe refuge, uprooting them from their home, employment, schools, family supports and community. Others feel the situation is hopeless and return to the violent perpetrator, leading to further isolation, shame and abuse.
This is all set to change with the establishment of The Orchard, the Orange women and children’s domestic and family violence centre. Housing Plus has submitted a Development Application to council and construction of the centre is expected to begin in February 2019.
We are proud to announce that we have raised $2.9M towards the cost of the build and the fit out following overwhelming support from state and national governments, local businesses, schools and community groups. There is still a shortfall in funding; however, we will continue to fundraise and seek out grants, and hope to fill this shortfall over the coming months.
The Orchard will be the first of its kind in NSW. Unlike a traditional communal refuge, which can re-traumatise victims, The Orchard is based on a ‘core and cluster’ model. Independent units offer families greater privacy to recover from the violence and re-establish their routines, whilst onsite services ensure women and children have access to support to overcome the trauma and move forward in a positive way.
The design includes:
Click here to see the plans, which give a better indication of the layout of the site. The development presents an attractive streetscape and complements the surrounding homes and neighbourhood.
The Orchard will:
To make a donation to The Orchard, click here http://www.housingplus.com.au/donate-now/
If you are interested in fundraising for The Orchard, telephone Rochelle Monaghan, Marketing and Fundraising Coordinator, on 1800 603 300
For all other enquiries regarding The Orchard, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Housing Plus is a progressive social enterprise that re-invests ALL profits back into improving social outcomes for individuals and communities in regional NSW. Housing Plus is a registered not-for-profit company limited by guarantee, and is a Tier 1 accredited community housing provider.
Suite 8, Level 2, 113 Byng Street
Orange NSW 2800
PO Box 968 ORANGE NSW 2800
Phone: 1800 603 300
Fax: (02) 6361 1609