We have just finished our first round of virtual job readiness support! What an amazing group of women!

Made possible by a partnership with the Brotherhood of St. Laurence’s Given the Chance and a generous donation from the Helen Macpherson Smith Trust, this project enables women to work with a dedicated job coach to receive tailored support in areas such as goal-setting, developing a resume and cover letters, looking for work, and interview techniques. We work with women both individually and in groups, providing opportunities to build connections, learn from their peers and support each other, while also focusing on their own self-care and wellbeing. For the women we are working with, this may be the first time they’ve had the opportunity to understand how to look for a job in Australia, what to do and where to apply.

We know that COVID-19 is already affecting the economic prospects of Victorian women, and in particular the women we have the privilege to work with. Many already face barriers to employment, from not having Australian work experience, to English being their second language. Now, more than ever, this support is crucial. As the job market becomes more competitive, ensuring that women have the skills, understanding and confidence to put themselves forward and showcase their capacity has never been more important.

Below is some feedback we have received from participants.

“Before this project, I don’t know who to apply for jobs, no confidence – now I know, you people help me a lot. These things were new to me and now I know. It’s good for me” – participant

“I’m learning now and getting more independent” – participant

“You know that you’re important as well. If you don’t look after yourself then you’re not good for anyone” participant

“Before you called me, I was feeling depressed but now it’s better, thank you so much for introducing me to this project and all the help, I really appreciate” – participant

“I feel like I found strength…learning about skills I didn’t know I had” – participant

 “I didn’t know how to write a resume … I only got a job through friends before” – participant

The inSpire initiative was established in 2018 to support Victorian refugee and migrant women moving beyond family violence, helping them establish their economic independence and emotional wellbeing.

To continue to support inSpire to make a difference in the lives of women affected by family violence, please consider donating here.