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Dear <<First Name>>,

Welcome you to our first newsletter for 2022.

Each season we like to update our friends of Starick with stories about our work, the organisations and donors who support us and inform you of upcoming events and fundraisers.

COVID-19 has continued to have an impact on our clients and create additional pressures on our service, however we are managing these challenges and continuing to respond to the needs of women and children accessing our services.

The goal of our newsletter is not to over-burden you, and we do not share your contact details with any other organisations. We would love you to stay with us on our journey and support us when and how you feel able. If you would prefer not to receive these newsletters, you can find an unsubscribe link at the end of this newsletter.

Happy reading.

Leanne Barron
Starick CEO

Starick Board and staff have worked hard to finalised our 2021-2025 Strategic Plan, continuing to focus our vision of a future free from violence for women and children by:

  • Providing a person-centred service delivery model for positive, sustainable outcomes for women and children.

  • Creating strong partnerships and collaboration.

  • Advocating for safe and just communities.

  • Educating children and adults to build respectful relationships to prevent family and domestic violence.

  • Implementing strong organisational and practice governance.

You can view our 2021-2025 Strategic Plan on the Starick website here:

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We have been successful in sourcing grants for a range of projects and items to support our work in 2022. These include:

Safe Homes project funded by Bendigo Bayswater Community Bank

This funding will enable Starick to enhance safety for women and children escaping family and domestic violence through our Safe Home project which provides advocacy and support services, and security upgrades to women’s homes. This practical support means women are able to stay safely in their own homes and maintain community connection, and prevent homelessness. It will be delivered in the Bayswater area in partnership with Orana.

Upgrades to Refuge Facilities funded by Department of Communities Local Commitments grants

Starick has received funding to replace the beds in our refuges, upgrade our CCTV security systems and upgrade communal furniture in our Starick House refuge.

Department of Industry, Science and Energy’s Powering Communities Program

This program aims to assist not-for-profit organisations in reducing their energy use, improve energy productivity and reduce emissions. Starick has received funding for additional solar panels and replacement of all halogen lighting within Starick House Refuge.

At our 2021 AGM in December, the Starick Board acknowledged employees who have worked with the service for five years or longer by presenting them with commemoration pins and a small gift. Congratulations goes to our Women’s Advocate Nadia, Safe at Home Outreach Worker Jodie and Volunteer Op Shop Manager Sandie for their long-standing commitment to Starick.

Activities included beach swims, Arty Brella’s parasol painting, movie screenings, night walks, scavenger hunts, kite making, water play and more.

It was a lovely experience for the mothers, children and hard-working Starick staff and we are so grateful to be able to provide this event for our refuge and outreach families each year.

Our thanks to those who donated funds towards our 2022 Children’s Camp- you made it a great success!


Thanks to everyone who assisted Starick over the past year.

Special thanks to supporters of our Corporate Breakfast, and those who responded enthusiastically to our call out for support for the Children’s Camp. We were overwhelmed by your generosity. We were able to achieve our goals and provide the children and their mums with wonderful new memories, thanks to your support.

The 2021 Corporate Breakfast exceeded our expectations with guests and donors providing over $25,000 towards our services to support children, including counselling and other children’s activities.

We rely on community support to provide specialist programs to the women and children in our service, including children’s counselling, baby massage, nutrition courses, meditation and therapeutic writing programs. There are many ways you can help:

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