Wollumbin Family Support, like its’ symbol, the wide-branching tree, has deep and strong roots that span thirty years of loyal and professional services to families in the Tweed Shire.
Tweed Valley Women’s and Children’s Refuge was founded in November 1985 by a group of seven local women who, together, became the Tweed Valley Women’s Refuge Collective. The women were motivated to establish the refuge in response to a lack of women’s health and support services in the Tweed Shire; the state’s second highest unemployment figures and a lack of non-institutionalised options and support for women in a highly conservative rural area.
Statistics were gathered and the support of local politicians and Council members were canvassed and to progress the vision of the collective, an application was made to integrate a Women’s Refuge and Resource Centre. In January 1991, the collective was successful in securing funding to the amount of $190,000. The entity became known as Tweed Valley Women’s Service and this service managed a women and children’s refuge and walk-in support centres at both Murwillumbah and Tweed Heads.
These centres and the refuge provided a range of support, access, education and welfare-based services to women and children with a strong integration of services to the Indigenous community. Despite the success, high community regard and sound management of Tweed Valley Women’s Service, it was closed by OnTrack Community Program in December 2015.
In response to this closure, the community has rallied and Wollumbin Family Support Inc was registered in December 2016.