Welcome to your Project Respect Community Newsletter! This newsletter is updated monthly and for all women who have experience in the sex industry, including experiences of trafficking.
What’s On Around Us
We are so very proud to announce that are officially a Rainbow Tick accredited organisation! We support anyone who self-identifies as a woman including all LGBTQIA+ women, as well as gender diverse and non-binary people. We commit to inclusion and ensuring everyone can be supported in a safe space.
We're still in lockdown in Victoria but we have put together COVID-19 related information for you at the Project Respect COVID-19 webpage and in our Resources highlights on Instagram.
Our support is still available throughout all stages of lockdown and COVID-19 safe settings and all of our services adhere to the Victorian Government's COVID-19 safe settings.
We have started posting Instagram stories! You don't need to have an instagram account to check us out so you can visit our stories and highlights for great resources, helpful tips and self care.
There's a lot going on right now in the media around the sex industry and trafficking. Including that the Victorian government has announced its plan to decriminalise sex work. We really encourage you to practice self care through all these big changes and challenging conversations. Support is always available to you 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday.
Community Lunch and Garden
Our Community Lunch and Gardening activities aren't able to take place in person in the current Victorian COVID-19 safe restrictions.
But while we're in lockdown, get connected through our Instagram page to see community lunch and gardening themed resources, online events, recipes and virtual activities in nature.
Keep an eye out on the first Tuesday of the month for Community Lunch focused virtual opportunities and the third Tuesday's for Community Gardening focused virtual content.
See you there!
Our new section highlights what is meaningful to you. This month we have a quote:
“You alone are enough. You have nothing to prove to anybody” - Maya Angelou
To share your meaningful moment, you can message us on Instagram or email your contribution to [email protected] All contributions will be kept anonymous.
What’s New - Recent Resources
If you are experiencing rental hardship due to COVID-19, you may be eligible for a Rent Relief Grant up from the Victorian Government up to $1,500.
To be eligible for the grant you will need to:
- Have lost income as a result of the pandemic on or after 27 May 2021;
- Have less than $2,000 in savings (excluding superannuation);
- Have a single income of less than $1,208.85 per week, or $1,813.46 as a couple, aligning to an annual income limit of $62,860 for singles, and $94,300 for couples;
- Provide proof of a rent reduction agreement for a period after 27 May 2021; and
- Be paying more than 30% of your income in rent.
More information is here and a portal to apply for the grant is coming soon.
Location: 23 Lennox St, Richmond VIC 3121
Contact: (03) 9418 9800
RCHC are also offering gentle yoga classes for women every Wednesday from 2pm - 3pm. Classes are delivered by a yoga therapist and focus on breathing and relaxation.
Location: Online via Zoom
Contact: Email Nazik Nasser with your interest [email protected] or call 9418 9975.
Free and Cheap Online Exercise Classes
The city of Melbourne have compiled a list of online exercise classes that you can do at home to help keep your body moving this lockdown. Free options include:
- Carlton Baths has a variety of Free circuit training, HIIT, yoga and pilates available through their Facebook feed.
- Kaya Health has a range of free online workouts including a 20 minute high intensity interval training session to get your heart rate up or some at-home pilates to help you wind down.
- Join Victoria’s flagship contemporary dance company, Chunky Move for a series of guided movement classes lead by six professional dance artists. Dance along following the artist’s instructions, improvise your own movement with guidance from the instructor, or simply enjoy the class as a spectator.
What’s On - Opportunities & Fun Stuff
Melbourne Writers Festival
The Melbourne Writers Festival brings Pulitzer winners to exhilarating debut authors to the most talked-about novelists of the year, into your home, online. Hear Rachel Cusk, Jhumpa Lahiri, Rumaan Alam, Viet Thanh Nguyen, Brandon Taylor, and more, in conversation with local authors and journalists.
MWF Digital events are available individually on a pay-what-you-can basis, or you can go all in and purchase a Digital Pass.
Time: All day from 7th - 13th September
Location: Check out the online program and reserve your spot here
Virtual Exhibitions at the NGV
The National Gallery of Victoria presents a free virtual tour of Maree Clarke: Ancestral Memories. This is the first major retrospective of Melbourne-based artist and designer, Maree Clarke, who is a Yorta Yorta / Wamba Wamba / Mutti Mutti / Boonwurrung woman. Clarke is a pivotal figure in the reclamation of south-east Australian Aboriginal art and cultural practices and has a passion for reviving and sharing elements of Aboriginal culture that were lost – or lying dormant – as a consequence of colonisation.
Covering more than three decades of artistic output, the exhibition traverses Clarke’s multidisciplinary practice across photography, printmaking, sculpture, jewellery, video, glass, and more.
Time: All day until 31st December 2021, no booking required
Women's Leadership Program
Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health are offering five free 2-hour interactive Zoom workshops for migrant and refugee women in Victoria. The PACE (Participate, Advocate, Communicate, Engage) Women’s Leadership Program builds on migrant women’s knowledge and experiences to take on leadership roles in their lives, work and community.
Participants do not need any prior knowledge to attend the PACE program. However, a basic level of English is required.
Time: 10am - 12pm every Friday from 24th September to 22nd October
Location: Online. You can reserve your spot here
Fast PACE Single session
Do not have time to participate in the full program? Join the FAST PACE single session on Thursday 16 September 12 – 1 pm to still have a taste of the full program.
Behind Closed Doors (on 3CR Community Radio)
Behind Closed Doors is 3CR's award-winning best new program of 2019. The only show in Australia that provides a comfortable space to explore the world of sex work on air.
A radical current affairs broadcasting program that offers weekly conversations with diversity of guests from various cultural backgrounds. BCD focus of the interests of sex workers, sharing platform for their voices to be heard and provide them with the opportunity to express their hopes, fears, dreams, and share the reality of their day to day lives.
The Unusual Suspects (SBS On Demand)
Warm, funny and utterly gripping, The Unusual Suspects is a compelling heist caper about female friendship and empowerment.
Filmed and set in Sydney's glamourous Eastern Suburbs, this four-part drama series event is now available on SBS On Demand, with all episodes available to stream.
Our Ongoing Resources List for 2021 with further ongoing resources, is available for you to access at any time.
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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