Welcome to the Spring edition of the Project Respect Community Newsletter! The newsletter is updated quarterly and is for all women and gender diverse people with experience in the sex industry. We're excited to present our November Newsletter, highlighting Project Respect Events and News, free community events and health & wellbeing resources.
Project Respect Events and News
Community Lunch and Gardening
Come and join us for our last peer community lunch of the year!
Our community lunches are a place to relax and have a chat whilst enjoying a free lunch! Our garden is very green and lush at the moment, and you are more than welcome to take part in some gardening or take some fresh produce home with you if you wish to.
Tuesday the 5th of December will be our last peer community lunch and gardening for 2023. This will be an opportunity to come together and celebrate the end of the year. We would love for you to come if you can - even if you haven’t been able to attend our other lunches, this will be the one to get to, as we have something special planned! Time: 1.00pm – 3:00pm.
Our community lunch and gardening regular first Tuesday of the month events will then be on a break until the 6th of February.
To RSVP, you can connect on our socials, or on 0477 001 110. Please ensure that you provide us with details of any allergies or dietary needs.
We look forward to seeing you there!
Art and Wellbeing
Our last Art and Wellbeing event for the year will be held on Tuesday 21st of November from 1-3pm. Art and Wellbeing (third Tuesdays of the month) will then be on a break until the next session on Tuesday 16th January 2024.
Art and Wellbeing is a safe space to relax and express your creativity. The event is free, no experience is necessary and lunch is always provided.
You can connect with us on our socials, or at 0477 001 110 for more info and to RSVP to the event. (Please include any allergies or dietary needs). If transport is a barrier for you, please reach out on the mobile number provided - we will try our best to help you out!
We hope to see you there!
Our Community Spaces have undergone a makeover!
We have new furniture in our community room and our one-on-one consultation room which have created a more welcoming space. Thanks to a successful grant, we have some very comfortable couches, vibrant rugs and warm fuzzy blankets, along with a new wooden table that serves as a meeting place for our lunches and Art & Well-being sessions.
We hope that you find the space comfortable, safe and inviting when you visit!
We are pleased to be inviting Expressions of Interest to join our LEAG (Lived Experience Advisory Group)! If you are interested, please email our Executive Director at [email protected] with your email address, and we will send you an information pack. Responses are treated as confidential.
Event – La Sobremesa
Project Respect in partnership with Latin Stories invites you to “La Sombremesa”!
Come and play board-games and learn about gender equality and healthy relationships / Ven a jugar juegos de mesa y aprendamos de equidad de genero!
“La Sombremesa” refers to the Spanish and Latin American tradition of having relaxing informal conversations at the table after the meal.
This event utilises board games to explore gender inequality, consent and healthy relationships in a fun, relaxed and safe environment.
The games will be facilitated in both Spanish and English, and is open to all nationalities. All welcome!
Date: Thursday 30th of November
Time: 1:30pm - 4:00pm
Location: Bargoonga Nganjin, North Fitzroy Library, in the second floor community room.
More: Snacks and drinks will be provided.
Please note that this is NOT a peer only event and will also be mixed gender.
The event is free but places are limited. Please RSVP through the event invitation at link to event tickets or via the QR code below. You will be asked on registration to let us know about any dietary requirements. This event is being held as part of the 16 days of activism against gender based violence.
Questions? Contact us on 0477 001 110
Garage Sale Trail
Garage Sale Trail is happening on 11th-12th and 18th-19th November 2023, Australia-wide.
Garage Sale Trail is Australia's festival of pre-loved stuff, dedicated to helping you extend the life of your stuff and find the ultimate pre-loved gem.
This great event extends the life of over 3 million kgs of stuff saving these items from landfill and maximising the value of all the energy and resources that goes in to making the stuff we buy. It's the circular economy in action!
The Kensington Market is held every third Sunday of the month. It is the perfect place to look for some gifts coming up to the holiday season. Browse the carefully curated range of designer fashion, delicious homemade treats and coffee.
Art for Healing Workshop – Women from Multicultural Communities
MiCare and Brimbank City Council are sponsoring an ‘Art for Healing’ workshop available to all women who identify as coming from a multicultural community (including migrants, asylum seeking, refugee, international students, temporary visa holders and also second generation children of migrants). Attendance can be confirmed by SMS or texting on WhatsApp to Amy on 0466 617 757.
The workshop is free, and will be on Saturday November 11, at 4:00 – 6:00pm, at 80B Harvester Road, Sunshine.
Note this workshop is not a Project Respect event, and is not peer only.
Resources - Mental Health and Wellbeing
Blue Knot Foundation have a range of resources for self care. While these resources are provided for people who identify as a survivor of trauma, these resources can be used by anyone who is looking for a little bit of self nurturing in their lives. You can find these resources on the Blue Knot website here.
We would love to hear any feedback you have and any ideas on what you would like to see included in the upcoming editions. You can email us at [email protected] or use the new anonymous PR Feedback Form.
All the best,
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If you need any emergency or crisis support, please see the numbers below:
- Lifeline - Anonymous 24 hour crisis support: 13 11 14
- Beyond Blue - Mental health and wellbeing support: 1300 22 4636
- 1800Respect - Sexual assault, domestic or family violence support: 1800 737 732
- Switchboard - LGBTQIA+ support: 1800 729 367
- Men’s Referral Service – Support for men who use violence: 1300 766 491
- Emergency Services - Ambulance, Police, Fire: 000
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