Thanks to support from the Foundation and its industry supporters, Jannawi Family Centre has a refreshed space at their new premises in The Flour Mill of Summer Hill.
The Property Industry Foundation’s Charity Partner Jannawi Family Centre is a child protection service provider and a national leader in advocacy for the needs of children who have experienced trauma.
When Jannawi were making plans to move to a new premises, they reached out to the Foundation for support. “We had plans to fit out and move to a new premises and a suggestion was made for us to contact the Foundation for any potential support,” says Biljana Milosevic, Director of the Centre. “We knew we were a small charity but that the Property Industry Foundation’s great relationships and knowledge of the property and construction industry would be a great resource for us to access. We were blown away by their willingness to support our vision.”
“We have a space that is bright, welcoming, child-friendly and has a new energy about it.”
Biljana Milosevic, Jannawi Family Centre
The perfect match was found when Jannawi had the opportunity to relocate to heritage buildings at The Flour Mill of Summer Hill in Sydney. “We wanted a new, fresh space to match the innovative and unique work we do in supporting our families,” says Biljana. “We looked at many commercial properties and nothing seemed to fit with the vision of what we were hoping to achieve. When the opportunity arose for us to create a unique space in Summer Hill in the old Flour Mill building, we jumped at the chance to design a fit for purpose space.”
A $26,000 donation from the Foundation went towards fitout and new furniture, while Milliken supplied new flooring for the children’s playroom and counselling areas. “We had a tight budget for the fitout and this assistance was greatly appreciated,” says Biljana. “A working bee is planned in September to help us refurbish old children’s wooden furniture.”
Jannawi now has a welcoming new space for children to access critical services, including specialist trauma counselling, risk assessments, safety planning, case management, home visiting, parent education, child development interventions and court support. “We have a space that is bright, welcoming, child-friendly and has a new energy about it,” says Biljana. “Our former premises needed a lot of work to maintain and so to have a space that supports our work and can take us into the future is exciting. This flows on to the work we do with children and families – showing them that they deserve nice spaces and that better things lie ahead.”