SSFS celebrates 30 years supporting women, children and families in the Sutherland Shire with Fundraising event at Parliament House

12th October 2017

Sutherland Shire Family Services last night celebrated its’ 30th Anniversary, with a fundraising dinner at Parliament House. Over 100 people gathered on the night to mark the milestone, with MC & Guest Speaker Ita Buttrose describing the organisation as “the engine room of the community” and “protecting those who need help most”.

Hosted by Lee Evans, MP for Heathcote, the event offered attendees an insight into the work of an organisation that has been at the forefront of supporting women and families suffering trauma of domestic violence and other disadvantage for 30 years.

Diane Manns, CEO for Sutherland Shire Family Services, commented on what an honour it is to lead an organisation with such heart, and work with incredibly dedicated staff who take the responsibilities of their role seriously, keeping families safe and promoting hope for a better future.

The Minister for Family and Community Services, and Elimination of Domestic Violence against Women, Pru Goward, also gave an emotional speech about the impact and cost that Domestic violence has on society, and the far reaching economic and social impacts on children’s lives. She thanked Sutherland Shire Family Services for being at the forefront of Domestic Violence support in the Southern Sydney region, and called upon every person attending the function to not only support local organisations delivering services, but to take personal accountability for their family, friends and colleagues behaviour towards women in society

171011.SFSS.30th anniversary002(L-R), Ita Buttrose, Diane Manns (CEO), Lee Evans MP, Eleni Petinos MP, SSC Mayor Carmelo Pesce & Mark Jones (Assistant Police Commissioner)

A key part of the night was the first public screening of “Escape” – the final instalment of Pull Ya Head In domestic violence awareness campaign, produced by Sutherland Shire Family Services which follows the stories of 3 women impacted by domestic violence.

Founded in 1987, and starting from humble beginnings working from a small back office in Miranda, Sutherland Shire Family Services, a local not for profit organisation building parenting capacity and providing support services for families impacted by domestic violence, now employs 40 people across their 3 locations at Jannali and Engadine. They are the “go to” organisation in the Shire for most government initiatives that deliver front line domestic violence support, building on their established track record in delivering high quality, trauma informed practices in supporting children and families impacted by domestic violence by casework, referrals to specialist services, therapeutic programs and more.

Sutherland Shire Family Services will hold their AGM & Service Showcase on 31st October 2017 at Doltone House at Sylvania Waters. This is an opportunity for any interested party to see the work the organisation does in the community, and hear from their staff about the success of many programs.

To honor the 30th Anniversary, SSFS is calling on able community members to donate to their service in the “30 for 30 campaign”. By making a once-off or regular donation of $30 via their website, you can help continue to fund their programs, which provide much needed support within the community. You can donate at