Act for Kids safe house coordinators, Lyn and Jon Wilton, have taken on a project of refurbishing the safe houses in Kowanyama and Pormpuraaw. The safe houses offer short term accommodation for Indigenous children while authorities investigate child protection concerns.
The safe house refurbishment began in June 2013 and aims to make it a more homely and warm place for the children. The project includes everything from repainting the bedrooms walls, new bedding and furnishings to placing fun, kid-friendly decals on the walls.
Andrew Rushton, SafeKIDS Program Manager at Act for Kids said the refurbishment will help improve the wellbeing of the children we care for.
The new furnishings have created a more homely environment for the children living away from home. We want all children to have a safe and comfortable home and we hope this gives them a renewed sense of belonging.
Act for Kids hopes to refurbish all the safe houses across the Cape York in the next two years.