2019 JUNE APPEAL
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 part of St Kilda Gatehouse, and supported by Whitelion and Deakin University. 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.