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Next Steps - A response to domestic and family violence

Family is at the heart of Best&Less, which is why we strive to always support and help Australian families in need by partnering with charities who are doing incredible work. Let us proudly introduce Next Steps Australia.

1 in 4 women across Australia experience intimate partner violence in their lifetime. 1 in 4. Those stats are staggering. This abuse, more often than not, leads them to flee their homes with limited or no possessions to seek alternative accommodation. Forced out of their homes with nothing. Sadly, domestic and family violence is the principal cause of homelessness for women and their children.

Who are Next Steps Australia?

Next Steps Australia aims to aid and support these women. Established in 2016, Next Steps Australia’s mission has always been to support survivors of domestic and family violence in establishing independent homes and lives by working with women’s refuges across the country. They provide Starter Packs of essential manchester items including sheets, quilts, mattress protectors, pillows and towels.

Basic bedding needs for one mother and a single child can cost, on average, up to $600. If she has four children, this can easily exceed $1500. Next Steps Australia are here to alleviate some of the financial pressure faced by a mother setting up a new home. A survivor shouldn’t have to worry about bedding.

Next Steps Australia aims to supply 365 Starter Packs each year to families in need. Meaning that each day of each year, Next Steps Australia is helping at least one mother or child start a new life. They are wholly funded by the generosity of their donors, who include individuals, corporations, philanthropic trusts, grants, and now - us.

Best&Less is proud to announce our partnership with Next Steps Australia, and can’t wait to contribute to such a remarkable cause which is directly assisting survivors of abuse. As COVID-19 and lockdowns have created a lifestyle shift for many there has been a 70% increase in requests for assistance from women escaping domestic violence. Next Steps Australia needs our help more than ever to assist these women and children transitioning from refuges into their own accommodation.

What can you do to help?

Best&Less wants to make a difference. But we need your help.

From the 1st of November, you can donate to Next Steps Australia with any purchase made in store. Any amount at all. And every dollar counts. The overall goal is to raise $73,000, meaning your donation will assist in providing 365 Kids Manchester Starter Packs, worth $200 each. For every day of the year, you can help make a difference in the lives of women and children affected by domestic and family violence.

100% of proceeds go to Next Steps Australia. So, every single dollar collected will help a woman and her children establish a new life.

We will be setting a fundraising goal for November and December, and updating the status of money raised right here on this blog throughout the campaign. But we can’t get there without you. If you can spare anything, even a dollar, you will be contributing in changing someone’s life.

We would love it if you could take the time to share with your family and friends, in hopes of getting this out to as many people as possible. The next time you are in store, ask our Besties for more information on Next Steps Australia and they will happily make sure your donation goes to the right people.

As you’re shopping for your family with Best&Less, you can help another with one simple donation.