Karen Lindley Wins Volunteer Award
Karen Lindley, the owner of Diamonds by Design, has won the NSW Adult Volunteer of the Year Award for her work with the Bravehearts charity. The charity and its volunteers are dedicated to preventing child abuse and Karen’s work with the organisation has played a vital role in putting sex offenders behind bars.
The Sydney-based business woman works tirelessly with Bravehearts and has been known to work on more than 40 different cases at the same time. On occasion, Karen assisted an individual who had shown up at the charity clearly distressed; Karen’s assistance in the case help to ensure that a paedophile ring was brought to justice.
Karen’s role with Bravehearts involves working as a mentor and a nurturer, helping the victims of abuse to feel able to give a statement against the person or persons responsible for their abuse; she acts as a “victim whisperer” or “fairy godmother” to the victims.
As part of her work with Bravehearts, Karen has assisted people of all ages to get justice, and Karen’s role with the non-profit has helped to ensure that 16 sex offenders have been jailed for their offences.
Commenting on her work, Karen told The Senior
“I do the really bad cases that need a really intensive fairy godmother treatment. “It’s emotionally challenging at times and it’s a service that is available 24/7. I can get a call when I’m least expecting it.
“One in five children will be sexually assaulted before the age of 18. People always think it’s not going to happen to them.”
Karen’s role is crucial in helping to convince the victims that they will be listened to when they go to the police and it gives them the support they need throughout the legal process, however, Karen’s work extends far beyond the supporting of victims through the legal system.
Karen will work with victims to help them find a safe place to live and negotiate with debt collectors and employers; it is not unheard of for the gemmologist to occasionally take victims home if they need a safe place to go and there are no other options open to them.
Diamonds by Design creates custom, bespoke jewellery that requires the skilled craftsmanship of a trained gemmologist just like Karen herself.