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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. It was like, ‘Yes, I can do this!’ I really wanted to work in this…

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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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