IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM OUR CEO
Dear Friends of St Kilda Gatehouse,
In light of the rapid impact of covid-19 and the reduced resources available for community programs, St Kilda Gatehouse is ceasing operations at our Young Women’s Centre in Dandenong until April 30th 2020. Our desire is for the Young Women’s Program to continue but unless we can secure the required resources, we will not be able to restart this program after April 30th.
In addition, our Greeves St. Op Shop in St Kilda will be closed until April 30th 2020.
Despite the current challenges the Drop In Centre (base in St Kilda) will remain open until further notice. We will operate on reduced hours and provide essential items such as food, toiletries, warm clothes and blankets as well as provide advocacy, covid-19 education and health referrals.
We want to thank you all for your incredible encouragement and support. We could not run our program without you! Be assured that we are committed to exploring as many avenues as possible to keep our doors open during this extremely difficult period and beyond. The economic impact of this pandemic is far reaching, impacting everyone including not-for-profit organisations.
We’d love to hear from you, please feel free to be in touch. In the meantime, keep yourself and your loved ones safe. We look very forward to seeing you in person when we can re-open our services.
St Kilda Gatehouse CEO
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.
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.