Everyone deserves the warm cocoon of a bed, a safe haven, an intimate place to call their own.
At The Sheet Society, we believe in this wholeheartedly. It’s woven into every sheet, packed into every parcel and celebrated at every opportunity. But for a staggering portion of Aussie families facing domestic violence, reality looks very different.
This Mother’s Day, we’re partnering with Victorian-based charity Berry Street, to support those who might not have a place to safely rest their head at night due to the tolls of family violence.
We’re donating 10% of our profit this week to the remarkable initiatives Berry Street put in place to protect the most vulnerable in our community.
Unfortunately, the pressures, stresses, unemployment and isolation due to the pandemic have all culminated into devastating challenges for some Aussie families.
4,500 Victorian children could enter care by 2026, as a result of the pandemic which has increased risk factors like social isolation, poor mental health and lack of employment. And tragically, there’s been a 30% increase in family violence, with Melbourne’s St Vincent Hospital reporting that hospital admissions due to family violence have doubled in the first three months of 2020 when compared to 2019.
While it’s just a statistic for most of us to read, it’s a crippling, often futile battle our community faces.
We’re incredibly proud to be partnering with Berry Street, one of Australia’s largest independent family service organisations that lifts these families back up. Like us, Berry Street believes that children, young people and families should feel safe and loved.
Berry Street has provided services to children, young people and families for over 140 years, and today they are one of Australia’s largest independent family service organisations.
For all of us here at The Sheet Society, we want to do what we can, however big or small. While we can’t fix the problem in a week, we can still make a difference and help Berry Street deliver on invaluable services back to the community.
For more on Berry Street, click here.