By Lieran Docherty, WomanACT Project Manager
WomanACT are in the running for an Aviva Community Fund Award and are now through to the public voting round. We need as many votes as possible to support us through to the final round. If awarded, the funding will support the delivery of the Telling Our Stories project.
The Telling Our Stories project will provide training and support to front-line staff who are working directly with women and children in crisis. We know that providing support to women and children in crisis is incredibly important work that brings much gratification. However, we also know it can be extremely stressful and intensely demanding work as needs increase, and resources are stretched.
The project will provide a series of workshops for front-line staff, including staff working in shelter settings, advocacy roles, counselling capacities etc. The workshops use an interactive and creative approach to learning and sharing and offer a one-of-a-kind refreshing antidote to the pressures, isolation and stress that front-line staff may experience in the course of their daily work.
Find out more about the project and vote here today.
Every single vote counts! Voting is open from October 10th to 19th so don't miss out on your chance.
After voting please help us spread the word to your family, friends and colleagues. We have posts on Facebook and Twitter that you can share. If you would like to send an email to your family, friends and colleagues, download the word document here and copy and paste into an email.
Thank you for your support.
In November WomanACT’s “Telling Our Stories” workshop had its second meeting of the year.
Through expressive arts participants reflected on themselves and the impact that their work in the Violence Against Women sector has.
We are looking forward to our next workshop in December!
Learn more here: Telling Our Stories
Donations go a long way in helping us keep this program running.Visit our donation page and select the "Telling our Stories" fund to help us continue this program.
By Irene Gabinet, M.Ed. Facilitator, Telling Our Stories Workshop Series
Telling Our Stories, a one-of a kind art based professional development workshop series, is an opportunity for front line staff to engage in creative and self-reflection practices and collectively create an art installation to be exhibited at the 2017 Supporting Survivors by Supporting Staff two-day training hosted by WomanACT.
This is a place to share your stories of challenges and fulfilment in providing services and support to women and their children experiencing violence in their lives.
Through visual art-making, movement, writing, music and drama, you will explore and creatively express what motivates, inspires and energizes you to do this incredibly vital work in your community.
Workshops are held once a month between September-November and January-February. There are 5 workshops in total and each workshop is 3 hours in length. The content and process of each workshop is accumulative, therefore a commitment to attending all 5 workshops is essential. Space for the workshop is limited to 15 participants. A brief telephone intake will be conducted with each participant.
In this workshop series you will:
No artistic training or experience is required to participate in this workshop series.
To register and for more information contact Irene Gabinet.
This workshop series is generously funded by The Ministry Of Community And Social Services - Services and Supports Branch.
By Bianca Caputo, Social Media Placement Student at WomanACT
On Wednesday, March 9, Harsha Baxi spoke about her experience participating in “Telling Our Stories” to the attendees of our Supporting Survivors by Supporting Staff Training. Telling Our Stories is organized by Irene Gabinet on behalf of WomanACT and is an opportunity for workers to collaboratively create artwork throughout a workshop series. After completing the four sessions, Harsha explained her feelings toward the process:
“As we know, working in the VAW sector, we get affected by secondary trauma and I feel this was the best way of self - care for me”.
She was extremely overjoyed by the collaborative participation and support that all of the members put forth during this workshop. Their creativity and dedication lead to some beautiful pieces of artwork that are displayed below. Besides the amazing physical work that resulted from this workshop, Harsha enjoyed the whole process of building, learning, and relaxing which assisted her in rejuvenating and caring for her own well-being.
WomanACT would like to give a big thank you to Harsha Baxi for sharing your experience with the attendees of End Violence against Women Week. We would also like to thank all of the workers who participated in Telling Our Stories; we are very excited to share your artwork.
I believe any kind of art is a medium of expression. This art work we created is an expression of our mind, our feelings, our thoughts and ultimately our actions.- Harsha Baxi
Special thank you to Stephanie Campos, a student studying digital photography, for taking such amazing photos throughout End Violence against Women Week. We appreciate your wonderful photography skills and your passion towards the art. Thank you for your work!