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White Ribbon Day Public Forum at BVSC

A Public Forum to raise awareness of the issue of violence against women will be held on Wednesday 23 November 2016 from 12.30pm at Bega Valley Commemorative Civic Centre.

The Forum will include presentations from Council’s Brighter Futures, South East Women and Children’s Service (SEWACS) and the Staying Home Leaving Violence Programs.

If you, or someone you know, is experiencing domestic violence you can ring the Domestic Violence Line for help on 1800 656 463 (TTY 1800 671 442) 24 hours, seven days a week.

Monday 21 November 2016

http://www.begadistrictnews.com.au/story/4312603/stop-violence-at-home/?cs=509

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Don’t stay quiet about friends’ abuse

Say no: Geoff Bevitt of Far South Coast Family Support Services and Tahnee Austin of South East Women and Children’s Services chat in Ayres Walkway on Wednesday for White Ribbon Day. Picture: Alasdair McDonald - Bega District News 09 December 2015

http://www.begadistrictnews.com.au/story/3520578/dont-stay-quiet-about-friends-abuse/

 

 

Apps are launched

The SkillBot and Safe Around Me apps were Friday 21st November at Merimbula RSL.

SkillBot’s aim is to provide handy living skills information that demystifies many of the processes and steps to accessing, understanding and utilising services within communities.

The Safe Around Me app provides direct support and information to people who have experienced or are experiencing domestic and family violence.

 

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Woodwork for Women

This exciting project was designed for women to learn how to use tools and acquire basis skills in woodwork. The aim of the four week project was to design and build a set of shelves from pallets. The participants were taught how to use various tools including a hammer, saw, plane, mallet, chisel and drill.

The shelves have been completed and look fantastic.

Jo Saccomani from Two Sheds lead the project. Look out for her other classes in the local area, including Woodwork for women.IMG_4896

House About Us

House About Us is an exciting pilot project designed by SEWACS. It’s aim is to give women the skills and knowledge to do small maintenance around the house and garden. It gives women the confidence to be self reliant and to seek further skills.

Some of the skills that the women have learned so far include how to:

  • patch holes in walls and then paint them
  • replace fly screens on windows and doors
  • safely remove carpet
  • cost effectively dispose and recycle household waste.

The project has also purchased lawn mowers and whipper snippers for women to use at home. This allows the women to maintain their lawns and gardens, giving them a sense of pride in their place.

Healthy Living Project

Build the garden beds out of timber, soil, netting and seedlings supplied by Bega Valley Shire Council. Women were taught about companion planting, seasons, Got to eat the vegetables. Also had to establish and maintain a compost bin for use in the garden beds. Had to organise a roster system for water, maintaining and harvesting the vegetables.