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Blacktown Women’s and Girls’ Health Centre is a not-for-profit organisation with Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status. All donations of $2.00 or more to the Centre are tax deductible.

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“Heart of the Community” Awarded to Jhan Leach, EO of BWGHC

Jhan Leach, the Executive Officer of Blacktown Women’s and Girls’ Health Centre, has received a second major award this year, when she was presented with the title “Heart of the Community” for Blacktown 2016, at the NSW Clubs and Community awards night last week. Jhan is pictured below at the awards ceremony with NSW Premier Mike Baird. For the whole story, click HERE or on the photo below:

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CAN YOU HELP US WORK AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE?

Can you help us raise funds to support women escaping domestic violence? Blacktown Women’s and Girls’ Health Centre, The WASH House and Richmond Women’s Cottage work directly with women affected by domestic and family violence, offering direct support, counselling and ongoing assistance. If you’re a small business and can offer vouchers or have good quality (new and unused) items you think would make great raffle prizes, please let us know! The money we raise will be shared between all three organisations via our Charity Race Day fundraiser, to help our communities become healthier, happier and safer places! If you’d like to support us, phone 9831 2070 or email info@womensandgirls.org.au

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BWGHC EO NAMED BLACKTOWN’S NSW REGIONAL WOMAN OF THE YEAR 2016

Jhan Leach, Executive Officer of the Blacktown Women’s and Girls Health Centre, has been awarded the Local Woman of the Year for Blacktown at the 2016 NSW Women of the Year Awards.

John Robertson, MP member for Blacktown, nominated Jhan for her enduring commitment to supporting the victims of domestic violence and their families. In 2015, Jhan played an integral part in hosting three vigils for local women who were killed as a result of domestic violence.

Speaking on the matter, Jhan said that domestic violence is a power and control issue and it’s often women and children who are suffering at the hands of the perpetrators, mostly male.

Jhan has dedicated her career to the support, advocacy and empowerment of victims of domestic violence, having struggled with domestic abuse in her own life.

READ THE FULL STORY HERE: BWGHC EO named Blacktown’s regional NSW Woman of the Year 2016

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BWGHC EO NAMED BLACKTOWN’S NSW REGIONAL WOMAN OF THE YEAR 2016

BWGHC Executive Officer Jhan Leach was thrilled to receive the NSW Government’s Blacktown Woman of the Year Award last week, to mark International Women’s Day.

The Award was presented by Blacktown MP, John Robertson. Facilitators from our community partner agency, Relationships Australia, joined staff and Centre members to congratulate Jhan on the day :

John Robertson MP congratulated Jhan on her achievement, later saying on his Facebook page: “A pleasure to visit Blacktown Women’s and Girls’ Health Centre today to present Jhan Leach with her Blacktown Woman of the Year Award. Jhan is the manager of Blacktown Women’s and Girl’s Health Centre and is a tireless advocate for women in our area, leading a team which provides crucial assistance to women fleeing domestic and family violence. Congratulations to Jhan and her team for all their good work.”

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DONATION FROM ORDER OF THE EASTERN STAR, BLACKTOWN

Blacktown Women’s and Girls’ Health Centre are extremely grateful to have received a generous donation from the Order of the Eastern Star (Blacktown). Find out more, HERE:

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DONATION FROM LODGE ALPHA BLACKTOWN

Blacktown Women’s and Girls’ Health Centre were privileged last week to attend a meeting of Blacktown’s Lodge Alpha, and receive a donation raised by the members and partnered by Masonicare. For the full story, click HERE.

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SAVE THE DATE

Charity Race Day – 31st May, 2016!

Once again this year thanks to marvellous community supporters, Blacktown Women’s and Girls’ Health Centre, Richmond Women’s Cottage and the WASH House will share the benefits of a fundraising Charity Race Day at the beautiful Hawkesbury Race Club:

You can find out more on Facebook, too!

Click HERE or on the ‘thumbs up’ logo below for details

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GROUP PROGRAM FOR TERM 1

The BWGHC Term 1, 2016, Group Program brochure is now available!

Click HERE for details.

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Join members and friends of Blacktown Women’s and Girls’ Health Centre for 2016 ONE BILLION RISING!

From 5.00 pm on Friday, 12th February, 2016 at the Alumni Green, University of Technology Sydney (UTS).

 ONE BILLION RISING

SYDNEY 2016

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Welcome 2016! The Centre’s services are underway again, and gradually coming back ‘online’ over the next couple of weeks.We look forward to seeing you soon!

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TOYOTA YARIS WINNER ANNOUNCED!

The winner of the Toyota Yaris donated by Lander Toyota Blacktown was drawn at the White Ribbon Breakfast at Blacktown Workers’ Club on Monday, 25th November, 2015 by Mr Rod Cullen, Dealer Principal – Lander Toyota Blacktown.

The lucky winner is Bhamini Nanthan.

Bhamini is pictured here with Blacktown Police Domestic Violence Liaison Officer, and White Ribbon Bike Rider, Genelle Warne, and Lander Toyota Dealer Principal, Rod Cullen! She looks pretty happy with her win, and why not – what a beaut prize. Congratulations Bhamini and a big thank you to the White Ribbon Riders, and to Lander Toyota for their generosity and support for The Women’s Cottage Richmond and Blacktown Women’s and Girls’ Health Centre:

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2015 OPEN DAY!

A great day of fun, entertainment, good food and sharing!

Click on the photo below for more photos and information:

Michelle Rowland MP officially opened Blacktown Women’s and Girls’ Health Centre Open Day 2015. She is pictured (at left), with Centre Manager Jhan Leach on the day.

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Domestic Violence Remembrance Vigil

- 28th September, 2015

Members of the Outer West Domestic Violence Network, including Blacktown Women’s and Girls’ Health Centre, have committed to holding a candle light vigil on every occasion we lose a member of our community to domestic violence. It is with great sadness that we advise that a vigil will be held from 5.30 pm on Monday, 28th September, 2015, in remembrance of Kirralea Dugo and her unborn child:———————————— * ———————————

BLACKTOWN VIGIL AGAINST DOMESTIC AND FAMILY VIOLENCE

WEDNESDAY, 16TH SEPTEMBER, 2015

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VALE AUNTY SHIRLEY COLLINS

Along with the entire community, Blacktown Women’s and Girls’ Health Centre is this week mourning the loss of Aunty Shirley Collins, who peacefully left this life last Sunday.

For details of the celebration of Aunty Shirley’s life, please click on her photo, below:

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Blacktown Women’s and Girls’ Health Centre has achieved Certificate level in the Australian Service Excellence Standards.

According to the letter advising the Centre, “Your achievement is a culmination of hard work and dedication by the people within your service to create a quality organisation”.

Management and staff are incredibly proud, and want to thank all those who supported us through this process.

We are now entitled to display the ASES symbol on our promotional material, letterhead, etc.

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Family Planning NSW Clinic at BWGHC every Wednesday

Bookings are now being accepted for the Family Planning NSW Clinic at the Centre every Wednesday! Female clinicians from Family Planning NSW are available at the Centre every Wednesday for bulk billed medical services, including pap smears, contraception and fertility advice, menopause information, and other reproductive and sexual health services, such as pregnancy and STI checks.

For an appointment, phone 9831 2070 or email info@womensandgirls.org.au

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“Say No To Domestic Violence”

Charity Race Day ~ ** Photos! **

A wonderful day was enjoyed by all at the “Say No To Domestic Violence” Charity Race Day, held at the beautiful Hawkesbury Race Club on Tuesday, 2nd June, 2015. Over 300 guests and members attended the event, where they enjoyed a marvellous luncheon and all the fun of a race day event.

Photos of the event are now available! Check them out HERE

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AARON’S OUTDOOR LIVING AMAZING DONATION TO THE CENTRE!

Blacktown Women’s and Girls’ Health Centre has an amazing new play cottage for children … all thanks to the wonderful team at Aarons Outdoor Living! Find out more HERE

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FREE WEEKLY EARLY CHILDHOOD CLINIC AT THE CENTRE

MONDAYS, 9.30 am – 12.30 pm

Blacktown Women’s and Girls’ Health Centre is proud to welcome the Child and Family Health Nurses from Blacktown Mt Druitt Community Health who will be providing an Early Childhood Clinic at the Centre every Monday from 9.30 am to 12.30 pm.

The Clinic will give local parents the chance to have their children’s development monitored by professional nursing staff with expertise in early childhood development. The Clinic is FREE and appointments are not necessary if you are willing to wait.

For details about the Clinic, please phone 9831 2070 or email info@womensandgirls.org.au

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BUNNINGS SAUSAGE SIZZLE FUNDRAISER 2015

Staff and volunteers of Blacktown Women’s and Girls’ Health Centre had an awesome day of sizzling sausages and raising awareness of the Centre and its services on Saturday, 28th February when we held our first ever Bunnings Sausage Sizzle! See photos and find out more about the event, HERE

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2015 ONE BILLION RISING – Blacktown

One Billion Rising is an international event which uses dance and drumming to raise awareness of violence against women in an empowering way.

On Thursday, 12th February, 2015 Blacktown held its own “Blacktown One Billion Rising” event, to join the global conversation anout ending violence against women in all its forms. One in three women around the world suffers vioelnec ~ abuse, rape and injury, often at the hands of those she should be most able to trust and rely upon to respect and protect her.

See more photos, HERE

Blacktown Girls’ High School drumming group, Tribal Drums created wonderful joyous music and attracted lots of interest at the Blacktown One Billion Rising event on12th February, 2015.

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2015 ONE BILLION RISING – Parramatta

Blacktown Women’s and Girls’ Health Centre has a wonderful time at Parramatta’s One Billion Rising event. Read all about it HERE

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WANT TO VOLUNTEER AT THE CENTRE?

Are you interested in volunteering with Blacktown Women’s and Girls’ Health Centre?

We have some great fun activities coming up, including a Sausage Sizzle day at the new Prospect Bunnings Warehouse in February and a stall at this year’s Blacktown IWD event! We’re also keen to talk to local women who are interested in fundraising for our Children’s Playground and Garden project!

If you’d like to get involved, email info@womensandgirls.org.au today

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*FREE* BACK TO SCHOOL PACKS

Thanks to the amazing Assist A Sista Sydney organisation, we are able to offer FREE Back To School Packs for primary and secondary students.

FREE Back to school packs Term 1, 2015

If you would like your child’s or childrens’ name/s included to receive a pack, please email us at info@womensandgirls.org.au or phone 9831 2070, and tell us your child or children’s age, gender and school year they will be entering.

The packs will be distributed on a first come first served basis, so please make your request early!

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CENTRE OPENS FOR 2015!

BWGHC open for 2015

The Centre opens for client services on Monday, 12th January, 2015.

We look forward to seeing you then!

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BWGHC OPEN DAY 2014

Even if you could not be there, enjoy the day via this selection of photos!

WITH THANKS! Louie Elia of the Blacktown Inn presents the proceeds of a White Ribbon Day raffle at the Inn to BWGHC Manager, Jhan Leach on Open Day 2014

See more here: BWGHC OPEN DAY 2014

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RSVP today for our Open Day!

BWGHC Open Day 2014

Please join us for our OPEN DAY on TUESDAY, 2ND DECEMBER, 2014, from 12 noon to 3.00 pm. It will be a fun day and a chance for you to meet with the Management Committee, Staff and Volunteers at the Centre, and have some fun! All women and children are welcome to come along, and if you RSVP by 27th November (Thursday), we will provide lunch for you.

Speakers will include Blacktown Council IWD 2014 Woman of the Year, Rabia Azzizi, BWGHC Management Committe Chair, Suzie Van Opdorp and White Ribbon Day ambassador Superintendent Garry Merryweather, Commander of Blacktown Police LAC.

There will be entertainment from the students of Blacktown North Public School and Quakers Hill East Public School, among others plus some great information stalls, face painting and balloon animal making for the kids!

We’d love you to join us! RSVP today!

 

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Women and Trauma Group ~ Free Group

THURSDAY, 11.30 am – 1.00 pm  |  13th November, 2014 ~ 18th December, 2014

This free educational and therapeutic group is for women and girls who have experienced trauma in their lives. Experienced counsellors and therapists Janet and Julie will facilitate the group process, which will support women through a therapeutic process.

The group is open to women and girls of all ages and backgrounds who have experienced trauma in their lives.

The group is free, but registrations are essential and should be made no later than Tuesday, 11th November 2014.

To register, phone BWGHC on 9831 2070 or email to: info@womensandgirls.org.au

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Term 4 Group Program now available

Check out the Centre’s Group Program for Term 4, 2014 (this term is from 7th October – 19th December, 2014) – and don’t forget to come back often, as new items are being added all the time!

 BWGHC.Group Program Term 4 2014

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Expressions of Interest Sought!

From: Doctors (General Practice), Nurse Practitioners, Counsellors, Therapists and Practitioners of Natural Therapies

Submit your Expressions Of Interest (EOIs) now!

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Save Our Women’s Services!

Services providing specialist homelessness, domestic violence and sexual assault support, counselling and practical assistance for women are under threat in NSW. Find out why, and what YOU can do to help Save Our Women’s Services!

Save Our Women’s Services

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OUR VISION STATEMENT:

To provide a professional, affordable and holistic service for women based on feminist philosophy and delivered in a safe environment with an emphasis on promoting health, well-being and empowerment for all women.

As a not for profit women’s health centre, we offer a holistic approach to understanding, managing and supporting women and girls to make decisions about their own health and well being.

Funded almost entirely by the NSW Department of Health we are an incorporated association managed by a committee made up of women who work or live in the Blacktown local government area.

We operate with a social view of health and provide a holistic approach to health care where the ‘whole woman’ and her life circumstances are taken into account.

OPENING HOURS:

Monday -  Friday

9.30am – 12.30pm & 1.30pm – 4.30pm

Other times by appointment only.

OUR STAFF:

Our team is made up of number of wonderful dedicated Women, who bring a diverse range of skills and experience to the Health Sector.

Thank you to Ebony for the beautiful picture.