We gratefully accept financial donations from our generous community to help us in our work. Because we don't disclose our location, it's the easiest way you can help. As a registered charity and deductible gift recipient, you can be sure the money we receive is spent helping our clients. Our storage space for donated goods is limited, but our fundraising account takes up no space and we can purchase what's needed, when it's needed.
Entertainment Book Fundraiser
Purchase a digital subscription to the 2019/2020 Entertainment Book and the vouchers will always be with you on your smartphone (plus you can start using them right away, at a range of businesses across the South West as well as Perth, and even Bali!). 20% of your investment funds our work if you purchase your membership via this link.
When we have an immediate need, or storage space available, we gratefully accept new, as-new, and handmade items. Below are lists of items we're currently seeking and items we regret we are unable to accept. Good Sammy at 51 Albert Road in Bunbury generously provides a drop-off point for donations to our organisation. Please fill in the register at the drop-off point so we can thank you when your kind donation gets to us.
We understand some donations are best made in person. In this case please contact us so we can make suitable arrangements.
Back to School Supplies
With the children in the refuge returning to school in the new year, we are seeking donations of:
Lunchboxes and Drink Bottles
Back to school iPads. We are aware these are large ticket items, but any support you can provide in this area is greatly appreciated.
What we need
New or as new children’s winter clothing sizes 2 - 16
Infant bottles and pacifiers (dummies)
Bath towels and flannels
Roll on deodorant (no aerosols)
Full size bottles of shampoo and conditioner and hair brushes
Adult colouring in books and craft supplies
Pots and pans with lids
New single-bed doonas
Plastic storage tubs
We also accept vouchers, which allow clients to choose items that suit their needs and preferences
We regret we are unable to accept
Items we are fully stocked with (please feel free to contact us to check)
Secondhand electrical goods
Secondhand car-seats, baby capsules or baby furniture (unless brand new still in box)
Opened self-care products (like skincare, hair products and cosmetics)
Each year we hold a Golf Day and Charity Auction, which is the major fundraiser we run ourselves with the help of volunteers and donors in the community. We're also fortunate that individuals, groups and businesses in the community hold fundraising events on our behalf. If you'd like to hold a morning tea, sausage sizzle or larger event for us, we'd love to hear from you. See our Events page for details of upcoming fundraisers.
Leaving a gift to South West Refuge in your will means we can together continue to support vulnerable women and children who are at risk of or experiencing family and domestic violence.
Your legacy - helping to keep women and children safe so they are able to rebuild their lives, one step at a time.
If you would like further information don’t hesitate to contact us on (08) 9721 9746
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed it’s the only thing that ever has.” Margaret Mead
Individuals with a National Police Clearance and great references can apply to volunteer for half a day a week in six-month blocks with practical tasks, like collecting and sorting donations, or washing vehicles. This releases our specially trained staff for their support work with clients.
Short-term corporate volunteer projects are also available.
We prioritise student placements for Certificate IV Community Services Work students from South Regional TAFE, and this is arranged through the Lecturer. We also accept medical students from the Rural Clinical School, and Social Work students from ECU when our resources allow, and are open to approaches from other tertiary institutions. If you're a student in a related field interested in a placement with us, please arrange for the placement co-ordinator to contact us.
No current vacancies.
We will accept applications for our casual pool of Advocates. If you'd like to help clients in a professional capacity, please contact us for an application pack. You will need:
Certificate IV in Community Services Work (minimum qualification)
National Police Clearance less than six months old
Working With Children Card
Right to live and work in Australia
Support our Sponsors
We're all in this together, that's what makes our community great. We couldn't do what we do without the generous support of our community, and in return we support and promote our sponsors to the best of our ability. Check out the Our Helpers page, and support the local businesses who have our backs.