Girl Friday is a Newcastle based not-for-profit charity providing practical assistance to women and children fleeing domestic violence. Working closely with local refuges, Girl Friday donates essential personal and household items to women who find themselves in desperate situations, and often with no possessions aside from the clothes they and their children are wearing.
But really, Girl Friday represents so much more than the goods they donate. Underpinning the Girl Friday philosophy is an unwavering belief that every woman is worthy of genuine support and deserves to feel nurtured, valued and capable of moving forward. The founders of Girl Friday, friends Kathie Good, Michelle Barnett and Sandra Jarvie insist that goods donated to the charity are in excellent working condition and that any items purchased new are top quality in order to uphold this requirement.
Founded in 2012, Girl Friday favours fundraising via fun, social events where friendship and community spirit can shine. Kathie, Michelle and Sandra firmly believe that friendships, new and old, are key to maintaining positive mental health and cultivating strong, caring communities. Their annual flagship events; the Girl Friday Luncheon and Girl Friday Race Day, provide wonderful opportunities for women to connect, have fun and contribute to ending domestic violence.
Girl Friday has a positive and collaborative relationship with local women’s refuges and an ability to provide tangible assistance, often at very short notice and without the red tape. With a growing network of supporters eager to help, the Girl Friday team can source items as needed simply by alerting followers via social media and making a few phone calls.
Refuge ‘makeover’ projects fill The Girl Friday team with immense pride, and they have completed three to date. Thanks to the generosity of the Girl Friday community and a lot of hard work, refuge rooms receive a welcome transformation with fresh new bedding, linen, curtains, lighting, soft furnishings, and paint making the refuge a warm sanctuary giving the ladies a real sense of worth.
Girl Friday also supplies linen packs and kitchen-starter packs for families ready to move on from the refuge. Children receive school back-packs filled with essentials, and at Christmas time, Girl Friday Christmas hampers, hams, provide Girl Friday Santa’s for the children and know the importance of a special and thoughtful gift for the Mums often the only gift they receive.
Want to know more?
Pop over to the Girl Friday Facebook page to keep in touch with events and discover how you can get involved.
Kathie, Michelle & Sandra xo