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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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May 28, 2018

Don’t keep History a Mystery

Dixie Link-Gordon, a prominent figure in the Indigenous Women’s Rights sector and a domestic violence educator, photo by Dean Golja “National Reconciliation Week (NRW) is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and to explore how each of…

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May 21, 2018

The Power to Choose

I started at Bonnie Support Services as a Family Worker a few weeks ago so I’m new to this organisation. I’m not new to this work though. I have worked as a social worker with families in a range of services including Family and Community…

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May 14, 2018

First we Marched, now we Huddle!

While living in a multicultural area can be enriching and lively, it can also be isolating for many women. Language can often be a barrier to establishing new relationships and friendships. Here at Bonnie’s, we noticed that in our local area of Liverpool, women needed…

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April 30, 2018

Bonnie’s creative group

For the past two years, on Tuesday mornings, the cozy and light-filled lounge room at Bonnie’s has been transformed into an art studio, where women have been coming together to create, connect and heal (not to mention talk, laugh and cry!). Our Creative Group is…

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April 18, 2018

What it’s like to be you

In my day-to-day work at Bonnies, it’s such a privilege to get to know people from all walks of life. Every day I am surprised by their stories, their life experiences, the way they think, their skills and talents. It’s so easy to make assumptions…

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April 11, 2018

Women doing it for themselves

I’ve been working with families in crisis for about six years now, two of those at Bonnie’s. Basically, I work with our mums. When families first come to us, there’s always a lot to sort out. I’ll help with going to the police, getting Mum…

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April 3, 2018

Life without a clitoris

I recently watched a TED Talk by an Australian woman called Khadija Gbla, who had her clitoris cut out with a rusty knife at the age of three. Khadija and her family were refugees, fleeing Sierra Leone. Her mother thought she was empowering her daughter…

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March 20, 2018

The work we do

A few years ago I wrote a blog post about my experience of being a caseworker again – even though it was only for a few hours. It was a powerful experience for me and I was struck by how easy it is to lose…

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March 9, 2018

Rob Porter: A cautionary tale

Rob Porter, the White House aide who resigned last month, after he was publicly accused of abusing his two former wives, was an upwardly mobile Harvard-educated Rhodes scholar with a well-connected family, and a Mormon. It’s no wonder the allegations against him remained secret for…

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