Protea Place Women’s Support Centre provides a unique approach to supporting women.
Situated in a beautiful old home on Russell Street in the heart of the CBD, the service is centred around connection, care and dignity. Three days per week a “drop-in day refuge” is available for women to access a range of vital services. These include a homestyle hot lunch that is focused on comfort and nutrition. The dining table is the centrepiece of engagement and connection and allows women to feel safe and nurtured no matter what they may be facing. All services are free.
- Hot lunch
- Tea and coffee
- Clothing Boutique
- Toiletries and hygiene products
- Telephone, internet and WIFI
- Assistance with accessing accommodation
- Assistance with Domestic and Family Violence
- Counselling Referrals
- Case Management
- Legal Referrals
- Assistance with accessing training and employment
- Assistance with accessing drug and alcohol treatment and support.
The Welcome Home Project
The Welcome Home Project was created in March 2020 to assist women once they have secured housing. Often, women are starting over and do not have the finances to set up a home. Women who have been working with Protea Place to achieve a housing outcome may be assisted with this program. A team of volunteers will go in and completely set up the house to create a home. Depending on available items, this will generally include white goods, furniture, linen, soft furnishings and decorative items, laundry and kitchen essentials. This program is available to women who may have experienced homelessness, been displaced by domestic and family violence or other life crisis that has left them without a home or belongings. The WHP allows women to then be able to focus on healing and getting life back on track.
Oakey is a small rural community 20 minutes west of Toowoomba.
Protea Place has been able to extend our support to women in the wider community who may not have ready access to transport to attend on-site in Toowoomba.
Staff from PPWSC attend Oakey each Tuesday and provide connection, support, referrals, morning tea, clothing, toiletries and activities. Held at the local Council Community Hall, all women from the community are welcome to attend.