Wellsprings for Women’s inaugural patron Jo Stanley says she’ll do anything for women feeling isolated and unsafe.
The well-known radio and TV presenter was recently announced in the position just ahead of the Dandenong service centre’s 25th anniversary year in 2019.
The centre offers womens’ services to alleviate poverty, unemployment, dislocation, mental health and family violence in the South East.
A “thrilled” Ms Stanley said she was hoping to open new avenues and networks for Wellsprings.
“I have been fortunate in my life to have always felt safe and supported.
“Because of this, I am passionate about doing whatever I can for women whose experiences have meant they have been isolated, disadvantaged and unsafe.
“It is a grassroots organisation with limited resources but unlimited capacity for welcoming the most disadvantaged women in the South East of Melbourne.”
Wellsprings chairperson Janet Cribbes said Ms Stanley’s connections, skills and experience would be “extremely valuable”.
Ms Stanley is an experienced radio broadcaster, as well as currently appearing on The House of Wellness on Channel 7.
She created the Play Like A Girl kids book series, which tackles gender equality, resilience and girls in sport.
She is a member of the Ministerial Council on Women’s Equality.