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September 17, 2018

Re-energised through art

Recently, a group of women from Bonnie’s Creative Space connected over inspiring art and fine dining. They visited the 2017 Archibald prize exhibition at the Casula Powerhouse and ignited their taste buds at the Bellbird Dining and Bar for a special celebratory lunch. Bonnie’s Creative…

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September 12, 2018

Seeing more

A few of us were at lunch when a child from Bonnie’s joined us. Her mother was in a session with another worker. She had all of our attention. One of us played with her using the ‘Bear Cards’, a set of emotion cards; she…

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September 6, 2018

Words CAN make a difference

When Tracy, Bonnie’s executive officer suggested I attend FACS Domestic Violence training I thought “Why send me, the Administration Officer?” But she knew better. I must admit, I found myself regularly feeling unsure how to respond to people when they enquired about my work. They…

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August 30, 2018

The breath

One valuable resource inherent to all of us is our breath. Breathing deeply allows us to release stress, become calmer and feel more energised. However, it’s easy to forget to breathe deeply. Particularly when our nervous system has dealt with more than what seems fair for…

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August 20, 2018

The difference a phone call can make

A little while back, I received a phone call from a woman. She was softly spoken with a hesitant voice, enquiring about obtaining support for her and her 2 children. She had been physically assaulted and she was summoned to appear in court to testify….

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August 14, 2018

One woman’s story

On the 14th November 2014 I made the decision to leave the relationship I was currently in due to ongoing domestic violence. I left with my son who was at the time eight years old in hope of starting a new life. I tried to…

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August 8, 2018

A little more kindness

My role as a child and youth worker often involves lengthy outings with Mum and kids to Centrelink, childcare centres, medical centres and counsellors. In many of these trips, children get bored, upset or unsettled during the wait time to see a worker. When mum is…

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July 31, 2018

Nite Under the Stars

“At the last Census collection 2226 people were identified as being homeless in Fairfield whilst 1058 people in Liverpool were similarly recognized. That’s almost 3500 people in the area, experiencing homelessness.’’ Change is something that can occur when people with the same idea work together…

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July 19, 2018

Seeing People Grow

It never ceases to amaze me, the strength and perseverance of women who are set on achieving their goals. I didn’t know what to expect when I started at Bonnie’s. However I did know that I wanted to help make things easier for our mothers…

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July 11, 2018

The little things

One Friday night I had the privilege to share some time with a bubbly and spirited young person (who we will call Rosie). This experience had a profound and positive impact on me. As family workers, we don’t normally get much one-on-one time with children….

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July 5, 2018

Sweet and sour

A small team from Bonnie’s had the privilege to travel to Darwin in May this year, to attend the Overcoming Indigenous Family Violence conference. Those of us who attended shared our insights and appreciations when we returned. Here are some of our main takeaways for…

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June 25, 2018

The power of a phrase

I am often struck by the power of a phrase or an expression. Those few words can convey and embody a person’s experience so poignantly at a time in their lives when most words fail. I have worked for a number of years as a…

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June 20, 2018

Bringing new life and colour to Bonnie’s

Over the last 4 weeks, I’ve had the amazing opportunity to coordinate an Aboriginal Art Workshop with local Aboriginal Artist Danielle Sullivan. The ‘painting group ‘ consisted of both clients and staff and we’ve all been working together for one common goal – to bring…

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June 14, 2018

No more boys and girls – can our kids go gender-free?

In my work environment, I see gender stereotyping all the time. I see this in the way the children dress and the games they play. I see it in the roles they believe their parents are required or designed to do. I often get told…

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June 6, 2018

My Money, My Life

I remember my first client really clearly. It was a difficult case for someone like me just starting out but it was a good outcome. And that was so motivating for me. It was like, ‘Yes, I can do this!’ I really wanted to work…

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