Supporting Beryl Women Inc. Australia’s longest running women’s refuge
Built’s team in the ACT have been proudly supporting local charity partner, Beryl Women Inc since 2020. Most recently the team have transformed an underutilised garden of Beryl’s main refuge into a much-needed nature space.
As Australia’s longest running women’s refuge, Beryl Women Inc provide crisis accommodation for women and their children who are homeless or at risk of homelessness due to domestic and/or family violence.
Turning a dream into a reality, Built provided skilled volunteers, as well as referrals to trades and subcontractors to help re-build the play area of their main facility into an Indigenous-themed nature space for women and children.
“The therapeutic design creates a space for mothers and children to bond, play and develop their connection and relationships with staff and other families. It also provides an undercover group work area and a fire circle for cultural activities,” said Rachel McMenamin, Beryl’s Women and Children Domestic Violence Support Worker.
“We know that many future generations will be able to enjoy this space through the hard work of the Built team.”
Our team embraced the initiative and provided support with project planning, organising subcontractor and supplier donations, and turning every stone to ensure we not only met but exceeded the brief.
The new space was officially opened in January 2023 with a Welcome to Country by Ngunnawal Elder Nin Jannette Phillips and speeches by Minister Yvette Berry, Beryl CEO, Robyn Martin and Built’s National Social Impact Manager, Pippa Harrison.