Alcoa gives back to Pinjarra community by supporting women's refuge

Volunteers from Alcoa's Pinjarra Alumina Refinery took part in a backyard busy-bee for Safe Woman Safe Family (SWSF) recently, as part of the Alcoans Coming Together in Our Neighbourhoods (ACTION) program.

SWSF focuses on healing, supporting, strengthening and empowering women whose lives have been impacted by family and domestic violence.

The organisation's 10-module program, delivered in partnership with Alcoa's Pinjarra refinery, provides guidance and mentoring for women who are recovering from abuse and trauma.

SWSF founder and director Tanya Langford said the support from Alcoa had been overwhelming.

"The busy-bee was so important in helping us to create a safe and welcoming space for our clients," she said.

"It's incredible to have such strong advocacy for what we're achieving in the community."

Alcoa's ACTION program encourages employees to volunteer in their local communities by donating $3000 to chosen charities in recognition of those volunteering efforts.

Alcoa employee Kylie Haines said it was a pleasure helping such a deserving local initiative.

"This group is just starting out in the community and needed a helping-hand to raise its profile and, in turn, support local women in really difficult circumstances who might not know where else to turn," she said.

The program is this year set to inject more than 2000 volunteer hours and $200,000 into communities in Australia.