Roots of Change is a storytelling platform dedicated to the Alumni community of The Funding Network Australia. Here we share their stories of ingenuity, courage, determination, spirit, growth and the impact these grassroots organisations have had, as a direct result of funds and support received from The Funding Network community.

St Kilda Gatehouse

St Kilda Gatehouse

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Working alongside those involved in street-based sex work as a result of abuse, addiction, poverty and other hardships.

St Kilda Gatehouse works alongside those involved in street-based sex work as a result of family violence, addiction, homelessness, poverty, mental health and social isolation. They provide emergency aid, counselling, advocacy, outreach and links into other services and programs, as well as mentoring to these young women and girls.

2017 Pitch
Funds raised: $26,900

St Kilda Gatehouse raised $26,900 at TFN Live in Melbourne. The funds raised will enable them to build a boutique shop called Greeves St. Boutique, which will include a client and community social inclusion hub. Women, as they attempt to leave street sex work and all the associated hardships such as addiction, homelessness, domestic violence, mental illness and poverty, will be able to undergo a formal volunteer and retail-training program through the Greeves St. Boutique, as well as sell their own craft product. 

2014 Pitch
Funds raised: $30,200

The Gatehouse pitched at TFN event Melbourne held in partnership with Australian Communities on 29 July 2014. Their aim was to support the employment of a Therapeutic Support Worker for their Young Women’s Project. The project targets young women aged 12 - 25 years old who are vulnerable to commercial sexual exploitation as an corollary of childhood trauma, abuse, family breakdown and poverty - and who lack traditional support and diversion.

The impact...

"She's someone 's sister... mother... daughter....wife..."

Working alongside those involved in street-based sex work or affected by sexual exploitation as a result of hardship, St Kilda Gatehouse prioritises dignity and hope over judgment and ignominy. The Gatehouse seeks to humanise the women who access its services while offering a safe haven from which individuals can address the underlying trauma of family violence, drug addiction, homelessness, poverty, mental health and social isolation. 

The Gatehouse raised $30,200 at TFN Melbourne live crowdfunding event and receive a subsequent donation of $6000: this new service now supports 18 young women, with figures expected to rise to 50 over the next 12 months.

Individual contacts made through the event also donated personal products and supplies that can be passed on to women who access the Gatehouse services and there is a product wish list maintained on its website. The Gatehouse is always happy to receive clothes, cosmetics and toiletries, phone cards and footwear – as this story goes to press, requested items include carry bags, food and clothes packaging - and that essential paraphernalia for springtime Melbourne -  umbrellas! 

The Gatehouse found TFN pitch coaching helped strengthen its message but equally important was the response at the event which has been up-cycled into a confidence to ask - and ask again. To be appreciated, understood and remembered, and to be shown unequivocally that these women – regardless of what they do, but who they are - really matter, is oxygen for both the Gatehouse and those 50+ more women who are someone but just don’t know it yet.


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