inSpire held our first School Holiday Excursion on 7th April, providing an opportunity for women and their children who have experienced family violence to have some fun and respite during the school holidays. The weather was perfect for a trip to the Zoo with our 26 participants.

For many children in attendance, this trip was their first time at a zoo, and their first time coming face to face with a variety of animals- the monkeys in particular were a big crowd pleaser. Families explored the zoo in small groups and finished the visit by gathering together for lunch and ice cream under a beautiful pergola.

This excursion was made possible by inSpire’s Mother and Child Relationship stream, which focuses on providing opportunities for women and their children who have been affected by family violence to come together, share experiences and make new and positive memories. For women who came from similar backgrounds, it was a chance to meet other families, chat in their own language and know that they are not alone.

‘Thank you for inviting us, and for everyone’s time and effort! I’ve been wanting to take my son to the zoo, but did not get a chance… It was so good, and he got to play with other children – he loved the elephant and we got a photo of our family with the elephants! Thank you for giving us this day, we hope that there will be many more’- inSpire Program Participant

We know that school holidays can be a stressful time for parents, in particular for those who may not have the resources to engage in many activities. Many participants are still living with the impacts of their family violence experience, from ongoing court cases, to seeking work, to creating a new life for themselves and their children in Australia. Providing an opportunity to just focus on themselves and their family, to do something new, exciting and fun, and to start looking to the future can be an important part of the healing process.

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