A series of events in Toowoomba has created awareness of the risk of forced marriage of young women and provided support for people in how best to respond. The Catholic Diocese of Toowoomba organised the visit by Liz Payne, a forced marriage expert with ACRATH who facilitated the events covering schools (students and teachers), community … Continue reading Forced marriage put on the agenda in Toowoomba
Bega, New South Wales Establishing a garden bed isn’t a priority for women struggling with family violence or mental health issues. But at the Women’s Resource Centre in Bega there’s a sense of hope that anything’s possible. With support and the talents of three local women, a series of workshops offered at the Centre unearthed … Continue reading Hope grows in safe places
Kangaroo Island, South Australia Kangaroo Island is known for its pristine environment. Its musicians are currently flying under the radar, but that could end if Carmel Batson has her way. Carmel, the youth project officer for Drug and Alcohol with the MOBO Group (formerly Finding Workable Solutions) joined forces with professional musician Christian Teusner and … Continue reading Taking music to where it matters
Kentish, Tasmania Cassandra Speed isn’t interested in creating complicated meals that feature on television cooking shows. Instead, she focuses on nutrition, budgeting and learning to cook basic meals and bringing families together around the table. Cassandra, coordinator of the Glenhaven Family Care – Kentish Family Support House in Tasmania’s northwest, has been breaking down a … Continue reading The family that eats together….
Gawler, South Australia Most art classes might hope to unearth a talent, even genius. But at the Gawler Community House’s art therapy classes success isn’t measured by what is on the canvas. Community house coordinator Sharyn Guy said one of the high points of the class was one participant’s willingness to stay in the class … Continue reading Art class unearths possibilities