Our pre-employment support projects provided an opportunity for women to build their confidence in the employment environment, understand the Australian employment landscape and build their skills and capacity in successful job searches. Twelve women were supported to create tailored pathways to employment through our partnership with the Brotherhood of St Laurence, with six of them now in employment. A series of interactive webinars provided individual and group coaching to eight women, with another four women supported into work and training through our partnership with Good Samaritan Inn. We continue to build strong relationships with others across the sector.
“Employment workshops really helped me in terms of doing my resume, knowing my skills and what I can do boosted my confidence. I slowly began to feel good about it. Because of this project, I got interviews, I understand about CVs. It was really great” (project participant)
Last year, many women in the community experienced increased loneliness and social isolation due to COVID-19. For women who have lost connections due to their experiences of family violence, this support meant more than ever. InSpire hosted cultural celebrations for Diwali and Christmas to bring women together, create a sense of community, and ensure that women felt connected, seen and supported on a day of celebration. Over 40 women and their children had an opportunity to come together, celebrate (online and in person) and share this time with their children, and each other.
“When I was left alone in this country with no friends and family, these events makes me feel that I am not alone and bring joy and happiness in my life”. (Diwali attendee)
Many of the women we support are parents, and their experience of family violence might impact of relationships between mother and child. With the help of InSpire Scholarship program, individual financial support was available to those children for participation in artistic and sporting activities, to enable them to engage in the community, and help them to nurture stronger family relationships to share time together and build new, positive memories.
“My daughter is so happy about it and never thought she could attend such a class…it gave us a chance to come together and enjoy time together”- inSpire Scholarship recipient
June-December 2020 in Review:
- Our Emergency Food Relief Project was highly commended by the Victorian Multicultural Award for Excellence.
- Over 300 women and children from 13 countries were supported through InSpire projects
- Our first pilot employment skills projects were completed, with 37 women supported to build their capacity, confidence and knowledge about Australian work environment.
- More than 40 women and children engaged in inSpire community festivals for Christmas and Diwali.
We would like to thank many of our wonderful supporters who have contributed generously toward the cause of our program.
Our focus for the next six months is on continuing to grow our impact, promoting economic sustainability, the bonds between mother and child and social connections in our communities. You can help deliver this vital support by making a tax-deductable donation to inSpire, or click here to find out how you can join our incredible community of supporters!