An update from our CEO

Dear Friends of St Kilda Gatehouse,

We have some good news! Super good news! 
 
Thanks to the Australian Government’s Job Keeper scheme St Kilda Gatehouse has reopened the Young Women’s Project (YWP) in Dandenong. As of this week the YWP will be operating on Wednesday and Thursdays  providing critical support for young women and girls experiencing sexual exploitation and all the associated hardships. 
 
Our Drop In Centre in St Kilda will extend its operating hours an extra afternoon meaning we are now open Tuesday and Wednesdays from 2-5pm and Thursdays from 2-6pm (including a takeaway dinner). Since Coronavirus the Drop In has experienced a rise in demand for food, blankets, toiletries, needle and syringes, warm clothing, methadone, food parcels for homeless women temporarily housed in hotels and human connection – even from a distance. We are exploring ways we can engage our support to those even more isolated and suffering during this crisis. 
 
Our beloved Greeves St. Op Shop is yet to open its doors but it has remained a supportive community hub. You can pick up a treasure from our online shop and our social enterprise continues to meet virtually, creating beautiful items which will be available for sale once the Op Shop reopens. 
 
During these past weeks the Government has moved to provide emergency relief for the most vulnerable in our society and those experiencing family violence and hardship. St Kilda Gatehouse is privileged to be on the frontline of providing an essential service. So often the women and girls we work with to support are overlooked, forgotten and stigmatised. 
 
In these difficult and challenging times the values of hope, compassion and love which are common to us all are ever more important. 
 
That’s why we want to say a big THANK YOU to all who have responded to our calls for help and have donated particularly this past month. 
 
Thank you to our generous donors and supporters who share our vision in making St Kilda Gatehouse a place of respect, belonging, healing and hope. 
 
Our May 22nd, ‘Friends of St Kilda Gatehouse’ event has been postponed. However, I’m looking forward to an even bigger celebration ‘on the other side’ once restrictions are lifted and we can gather together in real life! 
 
Please continue to follow us on Facebook – tag and share our stories, keep in touch, donate and know that your kindness changes lives. 
 
With thanks, take good care, 
Stacey Aslangul  

St Kilda Gatehouse CEO

5th May, 2020

During the Covid-19 crisis you can op shop at home on our online shop www.greevesst.org.au

St Kilda Gatehouse provides spaces of belonging and safety for women involved in street based sex work in St Kilda, and with young women and girls affected by sexual exploitation. Many of those we support are tackling complex issues such as addiction, homelessness, mental illness, poverty, domestic violence, abuse and social isolation.

St Kilda Gatehouse creates spaces of belonging and connection, providing opportunities for individuals to experience social inclusion with respect and unconditional acceptance.

St Kilda Drop-In operates within a community development model. Our approach is relational and we are guided by the identified needs of those we are working with. We primarily provide a space of belonging and safety for women who are involved in street based sex work as a result of hardship. 

The Young Women’s Project supports young women and girls aged 12-25, who are at risk of or affected by sexual exploitation in the South Eastern Metro and was developed in response to the stories and experiences shared by women in St Kilda and the evidence-based understanding that experience of childhood trauma and abuse, family breakdown, poverty and lack of traditional supports can increase the likelihood of involvement in sexual exploitation.

Greeves St. is the umbrella name for three social enterprise projects:
Greeves St. Op Shop / The Greeves St. Sewing Project / Greeves St. Voices
The Greeves St. shop opened in mid 2017 and is located at 12 Belford Street, St Kilda. Selling mostly pre-loved quality donations, there is also a selection of boutique products made on site by a team of volunteers and women we work with through the sewing project.

ARISE (Australian Research and Innovation for Safeguarding against Sexual Exploitation) is an initiative of St Kilda Gatehouse. We are proud to be providing professional development focused on understanding, preventing and intervening in child sexual exploitation (CSE).

OUR MISSION / PURPOSE

St Kilda Gatehouse takes a relational approach to deliver practical assistance, places of belonging, and to holistically build on strengths and capacity to enable positive pathways for women involved in street based sex work and young women and girls affected by sexual exploitation.

OUR VISION

Women involved in street based sex work or young women and girls affected by sexual exploitation have access to the space, support and connections they need to respond to challenges and to cultivate personal strengths aiding recovery and empowerment.