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Women's Safety Program

Women's Safety Program

The Women’s Safety Program is an educational program that provides workshops for vulnerable women with a sensory or physical disability or are otherwise considered ‘at risk’, such as previous exposure to violence, harm or abuse.

The Program is for women over the age of 18 that are seeking to empower themselves and increase their sense of self-reliance, confidence, and personal safety.

The program has two offerings: 

Women’s Safety Program Workshop Series

The workshop series presented by specialists offers a range of topics such as saying no, de-escalating conflict, financial wellbeing, managing stress and much more. 

More information below or register here

Workshops will run fortnightly on Wednesday from 12.30pm – 2.30pm and is free.

Women’s Safety 10 – Week Program

The Women’s Safety 10-week Program provides weekly, face-to-face workshops delivered by professionals that specialise in their topic.

Topics covered include:

  • First Aid
  • Home security
  • Self-defence
  • Healthy vs unhealthy relationships
  • The neuroscience of stress, trauma and survival responses
  • Your legal rights
  • Financial wellbeing
  • Communication techniques and strategies
  • Online safety

The Women’s Safety Program is generously funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services’ Strong and Resilient Communities – Inclusive Communities grant.

There is no cost for participants or their carers/support persons.

Workshops will run fortnightly on Wednesdays from 12.30pm – 2.30pm in  the Griffin Centre

The Art of Saying No and Setting Boundaries respectfully

21 February 2024

Explore the intricate dance of communication styles, meeting your needs, and resolving conflicts with respect. Register here

Stress Better

6 March 2024

The session is designed to build an understating of stress and self-care. This session allows participants to identify stressors as well as equipping them with tools to manage stress more effectively. Register here

Respect and your rights in a relationship

20 March 2024

Understanding respect and consent: what does it mean and what does it look & sound like? Your rights in a relationship. Register here

Nurturing financial safety

3 April 2024

Discover tools and strategies to help you build financial confidence and nurture your financial safety. Register here

Online Safety

1 May 2024

Foundation online skills such as safe passwords, privacy settings on apps, and avoiding scams. Register here

Improving your home security

15 May 2024

Improving home security against property crime, ideas and strategies of make your home safer with opportunity to arrange a personal home assessment. Register here

The relationship Compass: Recognising pink flags before they turn red

29 May 2024

Gain insights into identifying manipulation and toxic behaviours, exploring the Ladder of Escalation, and discovering actionable strategies to reclaim control. Register here

Wisdom in Action: Safe Conflict Management

26 June 2024

Discover the art of de-escalation when faced with difficult people and situations, empowering you to assert your boundaries confidently. Register here

The 10-week program comprises of weekly face-to-face classes that are 3 hours per class. This allows time for the presenter to deliver information about the topic and for individuals to ask questions and complete group activities.

Each cohort, also known as Group, will undertake activities such as developing a Group Agreement, guidance on safe sharing, and at times work together in group settings such as learning how to tag-team during CPR.

Each 10-week program will include the following classes:

  • Week 1: Introduction to Women’s Safety Program
  • Week 2: First Aid fundamentals
  • Week 3: Home security
  • Week 4: Self defence
  • Week 5: Respectful relationships
  • Week 6: Financial wellbeing
  • Week 7: Online safety
  • Week 8: Managing your mind
  • Week 9: Know your legal rights
  • Week 10: Communicating with courage.

Classes are 3 hours in duration to include delivery of the topic by a specialist, group activities, and opportunity to ask in-depth questions.

Face-to-face workshops and classes will be held in the Griffin Centre, Canberra City.

We have successfully run 5 groups over 2023/2024, below are three new groups for the Women’s Safety 10-week Program for participants to register their interest in attending:

Group 6: Tuesday mornings 10am-1pm, 15 October to 17 December 2024

Group 7: Tuesday mornings 10am-1pm, 4 February to 8 April 2025

Group 8: Wednesday afternoons, 1-4pm, 19 March to 4 June 2025.

There is no cost for eligible participants or their carers/support persons.

Allow 3 hours for classes.

If there is a preference for a particular Group’s set of dates, please nominate that Workshop Group on the register your interest form. Otherwise you will be enrolled into the next available Group.

To be eligible for this program you must be:

  • A woman or identify as a woman
  • Be 18 years old or over
  • Live in Canberra or surrounds*
  • Willing and able to attend weekly classes
  • Have a sensory or physical disability or impairment
    or
    Be considered in an ‘at-risk’ or ‘vulnerable’ circumstance, demographic or situation.

 

Examples of ‘at-risk’ or ‘vulnerable’:

  • Invisible chronic illness or mental health
  • Refugee or migrant with limited support / facing other hardships or barriers
  • Single parent under financial or domestic stress
  • Indigenous or culturally diverse background
  • LGBTQI+
  • Having previously experienced Domestic or Family Violence
  • Grown up or living with others where the misuse of alcohol or drugs is a regular occurrence.

*Open to participants from surrounding areas, willing and able to undertake the travel on a weekly basis.

I am not sure if I meet the eligibility criteria for ‘vulnerable’ or ‘at-risk’. What should I say on my enrolment form?

The Women’s Safety Program is for women who are experiencing (or are at risk of) disadvantage, reduced opportunities, and vulnerability to abuse, manipulation, or harm.

Examples of ‘at-risk’ or ‘vulnerable’:

    • Invisible chronic illness or mental health condition
    • Refugee or migrant with limited support / facing other hardships or barriers
    • Single parent under financial or domestic stress
    • Indigenous or culturally diverse background
    • LGBTQI+
    • Having previously experienced Domestic or Family Violence
    • Having previously experienced psychological abuse, such as bullying
    • Grown up or living with others where the misuse of alcohol or drugs is a regular occurrence.

If in doubt, just tick the ‘unsure’ box and someone will contact you.

I am almost 18, can I still apply?

This program is for participants aged 18 and over but you can still apply now for one of the later workshop groups, provided you will be 18 at the time it runs.

Just note on your enrolment form which workshop group you wish to enrol into.

When do the classes run?

Classes are on Tuesday afternoons from 10am to 1pm and Wednesday 1pm – 4pm.

You will get a schedule of class dates, times and locations for your specific workshop group that you have enrolled into.

Do you provide transport?

No. Participants are responsible for arranging their own transport and ensuring they can attend classes on the set dates and times.

On acceptance into the program you will be provided a Welcome Pack with the dates, times and locations of your classes. This is provided to ensure you can pre-arrange your transport.

Can I record the classes for my own use?

You are welcome to take notes and complete any activities but for confidentiality and privacy reasons you will not be allowed to record sessions. This includes recording sessions through zoom.

This is to respect the privacy of others.

If I am not comfortable with members in my group, can I change to a different group?

We recognise that sometimes when sensitive topics are discussed, our sense of vulnerability and wellbeing comes into greater focus.

We encourage participants to resolve any issues within the group and stay the course. If needed, participants can request to change to a different group. 

Changing into a different group is dependent on availability and will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

I am experiencing a crisis and need help. Do you have a counsellor in your program, or offer additional supports?

The Women’s Safety Program is designed as a preventative program. If you are already in a crisis situation, we recommend you contact some of the crisis support services below.

If you or someone you know is in danger call Triple Zero 000

Domestic Violence Crisis Service (DVCS)

If you require emergency, crisis support to leave a Domestic Violence situation phone DVCS on 6280 0900

Canberra Rape Crisis Centre

If you require crisis support regarding sexual abuse, rape, or sexual harassment phone Canberra Rape Crisis Centre on 6247 2525

Onelink

If you are at risk of homelessness and need urgent housing support phone Onelink on 1800 176 468

Toora Women Inc

Toora provides women-only counselling and support services to women who need help with homelessness, domestic violence, addiction, or trauma related issues.

To make an appointment to see a Toora counsellor phone 6241 7233

YWCA Canberra Domestic Violence Support Service

YWCA Canberra provides support services for women and their families in domestic violence situations and related issues.

To make an appointment to see a YWCA Canberra domestic violence support services counsellor phone 6185 2000 or email Respect@ywca-canberra.org.au

Can I do the program again?

No, sorry, participants can only undertake one workshop group.

Each group is a 10-week program of workshops and classes. Enrolment into one group will give you the same classes and activities as what other participants are experiencing in their groups.

We do this to keep group sizes down and spread out the opportunities for participation across the year.

What is the Identified Participant storyline?

The Women’s Safety Program is designed to be as confidential as possible, to respect the dignity of participants as they tackle some sensitive and confronting topics. As a general rule, any information we collect for reporting purposes is done in an anonymous way to ensure participants can not be identified.

However, we have opportunity within each Group for a participant to volunteer to be the face of that group and share their story. It is purely voluntary and can be as low-key or out-there as you want. At minimum it is the reporting of a participants’ personal journey as they complete the program with their name, photo, some quotes and personal insights about what they thought about the program. 

If this sounds like something you might be interested in, talk to us and we’ll help you work out if it is something you want to engage in.

 

 

Women’s Safety Program Groups 6, 7, 8:

For more information about the Women’s Safety Program email sarc@eflc.org.au

The Women’s Safety Program is an initiative of Eyes for Life Canberra that is generously funded through the Department of Social Services’ Strong and Resilient Communities – Inclusive Communities grant.

Funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services.
Visit www.dss.gov.au for more information.

Email: sarc@eflc.org.au

 

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