Rising up to support families fleeing domestic violence, RizeUp

RizeUp has been nominate for the Volunteering Impact Award, for the inspiring and vital practical support they provide to families fleeing domestic violence.

With three key programs – the Homes Program, Rapid Response Program and Rize4Liam Program - RizeUp ensures that families are linked with domestic violence services to receive the vital wraparound support required to break the cycle of violence and to increase their safety and the sustainability of their decision to leave the abusive relationship.

In 2016 alone, RizeUp ensured 150 homes were created for families fleeing domestic violence, 122 children were given financial aid to help with relocating schools, and 346 children found safety in their Homes program. 

Jodie Frisch, a volunteer with RizeUp, noted the effort and love that went into creating a safe home for families fleeing abuse.

“I am seeing first-hand how much of a difference we are making in the lives of others regardless of what capacity in which we contribute,” Ms Frisch said.

“I love being a part of this amazing team because not only do we spread awareness of Domestic and Family Violence, but because we provide practical assistance to those that need it most.”

CEO of Volunteering Queensland, Mara Basanovic, said the Volunteering Awards acknowledge the extraordinary and valuable work done every day by hundreds of thousands of volunteers across the state.

“These prestigious awards highlight and pay tribute to the caring individuals who inspire and epitomise the spirit of volunteerism through their compassion, commitment and hard work. The positive impact they contribute strengthens and connects their communities.”

“The awards also promote the enormous value and vital contribution of volunteering to the economic, social, cultural and environmental well-being of Queensland.”

Award recipients will be announced during National Volunteer Week, which runs from 8-14 May 2017.