St Kilda Gatehouse provides spaces of belonging and safety for those involved in street based sex work in St Kilda, and with young women and girls affected by sexual exploitation in the Dandenong region. 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. Many of those we support are tackling complex issues such as addiction, homelessness.
In late 2014, St Kilda Gatehouse was approached by Tedx St Kilda. They invited Gatehouse staff to share on the Tedx stage stories from women who work on the streets. We thought about it more deeply and decided it didn’t feel right to share the women’s stories on that sort of platform. They were the women’s stories to share. We declined the invitation. The organisers at Tedx St Kilda then suggested we share our own stories. Sally Tonkin, our then CEO, did just that. In late March 2015 she shared how the values of Gatehouse and the women who we have the privilege of working with have shaped her understanding.