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January 30, 2021

More than just a name

As a part of the 2020 International 16 Days of Activism campaign to challenge violence against women and girls,  Bonnie Support Services hosted a Candlelight Vigil on Wednesday 16 December 2020. One of the most powerful and moving parts of the vigil is the roll call…

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December 24, 2020

Bring on 2021 – we’re ready!

Hi everyone, I’m Ciara and next year I’ll be stepping into a new role as Team Leader here at Bonnie’s. I’m excited, and of course a little bit nervous too. It’s a role that’s new to me (and I definitely have big shoes to fill!)…

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November 25, 2020

Protection for pets

Libby has a dog and two kids. They live at home with Libby’s partner Fred. Fred is abusive. He’s hit Libby many times and is emotionally abusive. Libby’s had enough and wants to get out. But she doesn’t know where to go. She knows she…

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November 16, 2020

Reclaiming the home

When Covid hit this year, Bonnie’s staff had to come up with some creative ways to physically distance. One of these ways was to use the office in one of our crisis homes. While spending more time in the home, ideas emerged about how to…

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November 11, 2020

Supporting my daughter

‘Dear Danni’ is a column from Women’s Agenda where Dannielle Miller shares tips on parenting kids aged 10+. Following is a post from the column. Dear Danni, My ex was abusive. My daughter and I have been free from him for a few years, but…

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October 29, 2020

The attractions and dangers of online dating

Online dating in 2020 looks very different from what it was like in 1998. I was 15 with my dad’s laptop in hand. New to the internet, I stumbled across chat rooms where people would exchange messages about anything and everything. You never knew who…

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October 19, 2020

Reaching Out

In my outreach work at the Liverpool Women’s Health Centre, I often find myself feeling like I am reaching across a void to the women who contact me and they are reaching across back to me. While on the phone, their voices are low in…

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October 6, 2020

Cultural sharing

Here at Bonnies, we are a very multicultural team with workers from all different backgrounds. As a team, we are all respectful of each other’s cultures, just the same as when we are working with our clients who are also from different backgrounds. We are…

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September 23, 2020

Vale Mary Stanley

I am writing this blog on behalf of our team to pay tribute to our much-loved colleague, Marie (Mary) Stanley, who passed away at her home on the 16th of September 2020 after a short illness. We feel immense sadness losing our dear Mary. It…

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September 7, 2020

With Gratitude

Change is difficult and it is very well known that some, including myself, would rather stay in their comfort zone than take steps into the unknown. Coronavirus (COVID-19) has had a huge impact on Bonnie’s, especially on our physical and mental wellbeing. We’ve had to…

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August 31, 2020

One woman’s journey

I never thought that when starting a family worker’s role at Bonnie’s I would find myself feeling so grateful for being part of so many women’s journeys. The process of working with clients to set goals on paper is one thing. But to see these…

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August 25, 2020

A team approach

In an organisation like Bonnie’s, you don’t really know how the day is going to unfold. You can have your checklist ready to go and a plan for the day, however, the term ‘be ready for anything’ is a motto needed to go by. Staff…

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August 17, 2020

Peta’s Painting

Reconciliation can be a hard thing to do when there are ongoing injustices to my people! When I first started work at Bonnie’s, the moment I walked in I felt at ease. There were no ‘first-day jitters’. Somehow I felt a sense of peace and…

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August 6, 2020

A fresh perspective

Jasmine was on placement at Bonnie’s since just before Covid-19 restrictions commenced. Here she shares some of her experiences. I had a range of emotions when starting at Bonnie’s. There was a bit of excitement about going into a new learning experience and at the…

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July 29, 2020

Students as teachers

To our students today and tomorrow. Every year we are approached by TAFE and Universities to have students do their placement at Bonnie’s. We usually take on 2-3 students a year. We love having students doing their placement with us. As workers, we tend to…

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