Sentrian staffer a friend to others in need

Sentrian staffer a friend to others in need

James Sowry October 26, 2016 Sentrian One

I'm always impressed with the drive and motivation that our people bring to their work everyday, and it's inspiring to hear how their great skills and energies are put to use outside the workplace. In a change of pace from our usual blog posts, I would like to share one of their stories here in recognition of a valued member of our team.

Trish Jones is the driving force behind our Operations team. Chances are you've spoken with her before when calling the Service Desk for help. She keeps our Engineers scheduled and tickets updated so that Sentrian can keep up our stellar record of meeting service level targets for our clients.

Her energy doesn't relent after she leaves the office though. Completely independent of her work at Sentrian, Trish takes time each month to be a leader at Friends with Dignity. The group is a domestic violence support network offering housing and a safe place for survivors.

Friends with Dignity tackles a serious dilemma for many survivors - that freeing themselves often means being left with no choice but to leave the family home and starting again with nothing. The group works to provide survivors with a roof over their head, a full stomach and a warm bed. Or as they call it, a sanctuary.

Running a sanctuary takes goodwill and great organisation. That's where Trish comes in. When she isn't being a hero at Sentrian, she's lending her logistical skills to Friends with Dignity.

friends-with-dignity-pic Trish (left) helping out at Friends with Dignity

A home takes hard work

Friends with Dignity makes sure all the essentials of life are available to survivors. Trish takes that idea to heart. She has jumped into the charity by volunteering as a Sanctuary Team Leader, Merchandise Coordinator and even a Curtain Coordinator. Her efforts with others have resulted in over 150 sanctuaries becoming available across the country, but more are needed.

I ask Trish what motivates her:

"Friends with Dignity was an obvious choice for me as my life had been affected by domestic violence in the past and the help we provide goes directly to making a positive change in the lives of the survivors. The volunteers are a wonderful, positive group of people and I have made many new friends and connections.

It's been a welcome discovery to find there are so many generous people willing to provide the help and assistance required."

Help is always needed

Chenoa Nichol is Friends with Dignity's National Community Engagements Manager.  She told me household items like bathroom and laundry supplies are always welcome, but it's volunteers that can make the biggest difference.

"Our dedicated team of volunteers have helped over 295 families that have been displaced by domestic violence since September 2015.  Without volunteers like Trish, our organisation would simply not operate!  We are so grateful for every volunteer that has made a choice to work with us to help survivors and work towards domestic violence free communities."


As we enter the Christmas season, please consider donating to Friends with Dignity. Or visit their website to find out more about the organisation and how to volunteer.

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