Empowering vulnerable, disadvantaged and isolated women and girls with access to professionally fitted bras, essential products and the support needed to lead healthy, fulfilling lives.
We’d like to welcome you to our homepage by acknowledging the Traditional Owners of the land in which we work and live. We pay our respect to their Elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today.
We Welcome all Women!
At Support the Girls, we welcome all women, non-binary, a-gender, gender non-conforming and marginalised genders. We’re dedicated to creating safe, inclusive, and diverse spaces for everyone involved.
As a previous Crisis Counsellor, survivor and Founder of Support The Girls, Jane Holmes, knows first-hand the impact that trauma, poverty and disadvantage can have on Australian women and girls. Having dedicated her life to supporting those in crisis, Jane knew she needed to draw on her community to help women and girls on a larger scale. So, in 2016, Jane started her not-for-profit, Support The Girls. Read Jane’s full story.
For many Australian women and girls, having access to supportive bras and essential hygiene products, is something we take for granted. And yet, there are so many vulnerable, disenfranchised and disadvantaged Australian women and girls who do not share this privilege.
Access to these products is a basic human right and a lack of these resources can perpetuate shame, stress and mental health issues for women and girls who are often already facing disadvantage, trauma and abuse. This issue is seen far and wide across metro regions as well as rural, remote areas and Indigenous communities.
By contributing to Support The Girls, you’re giving women and girls the dignity they deserve. You’re empowering them to feel confident, build their self-esteem and garner resilience so they can reach their potential in school, at work and at home.
Ways You Can Support
As a non for profit there are so many areas that we need support on. Obviously, the biggest issue any non profit faces is funding and product. No organisation can run on air and to be able to keep Support The Girls Australia functioning and operating takes funding.
With your support we can also create the much needed social enterprise facilities required to help empower women. We want to assist women to function independently but also become a valued community member with skills. We also want to increase the assistance to those elderly and vulnerable people that do not have the capacity to go into independent living but still need support with bras and underwear to provide them with a sense of dignity.
We believe in the power of collaboration to drive positive change. That’s why Support The Girls and BreastScreen NSW have joined forces to operate events focused on bra fitting and early breast cancer detection and prevention. Our partnership has a significant impact on boosting mammogram participation rates of both indigenous women and women in rural communities.
We work with service providers, businesses and communities to deliver professionally fitted bras, underwear, hygiene products and various support services to support and connect women and girls in need. Our dedicated Outreach team travels to rural communities to host bra gifting events at local community centres.
Why we need Volunteers?
Our volunteers are pivotal to us being able to support women and girls in Australian communities.
Volunteers play a crucial role in the success of Support The Girls Australia. Support The Girls Australia is predominantly managed and run by volunteers being a non-funded grass roots organisation. Our volunteers are pivotal to us being able to support women and girls in Australian communities.
We have numerous roles for our volunteers and it is entirely up to them how they would like to donate their time. Nearly all our work is done during the working week, so availability during the week is vital. We also need people for our Outreach Projects. This requires people who have the capacity to be away for a few days.
If you are a business professional that has a skill set that can add value to our purpose and ethos we would love to hear from you. If you are wanting to make new friends or just give back to your community, or you would like to meet more people and want to be appreciated for the values you can bring to others come on board and join us.
Upon reflection of almost two years of my volunteer work with Support The Girls Australia, I’d like to say that I continue to be inspired by the amazing women that we have the privilege to work with, and the wonderful camaraderie and relentless commitment to the ethos of our charity by yourself, and our fellow volunteers.
The stories that our women openly share, the trust they place in us as bra fitters, and the humility and appreciation shown when receiving our support is truly humbling. Many of the women we support entrust us with their stories of social, emotional, physical and economic abuse and/or disadvantage. I feel so much compassion and respect for their trust and resilience shown.
To witness the smiles on their faces, and hear their expressed words of gratitude at our events, is truly priceless. As a volunteer, not only do I get to meet and contribute in a small way to improving the lives of the remarkable women we serve, I also benefit greatly from the friendships, fun and connection shared with a wonderful group of like minded volunteers working with STGA.
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