ICV’s Hospital Chaplaincy coordinator Sr Lina Ayoubi recently extended her helpful hands to another exciting and rewarding role – ICV Women’s Support Officer.
The portfolio acts as a one-stop-shop and referral service for women, by women. Referral services include; financial, social, religious, housing and settlement, domestic violence and mental health and wellbeing services.
Sr Lina said demand for this role was steady and on the increase.
“To support this role ICV’s Zakat and No Interest Loans Scheme (NILS) team have jumped on board, the masjid Imam and the Muslim Legal Network (MLN) team are ready to step in and also take on a role in finding a solution for our clients,” she said.
Upon reflecting on her role as a community volunteer for several years, Sr Lina said she was lucky enough to have a strong network of aid.
“Extensive friendships and networking over the years has worked miracles in this role. Sometimes being aware of what is going on around you allows for a wealth of information and solutions are floating around and are easily accessible.”
Sr Lina shared a success story from the program…
“A client came in to the ICV office one afternoon not knowing where to go to get support. She had just had a relationship breakdown and had recently converted to Islam and was unsure of the support provided by the ICV. She was referred to the Women’s Support Office (WSO) and a meeting was arranged as soon as possible, as she was leaving Melbourne. She wanted to receive professional help with an Islamic perspective.
WSO provided emotional support and made appropriate referrals that addressed her needs; she was referred to a lawyer and spiritual services (psychological support).
The client was very appreciative for the support.”