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White Ribbon Breakfast

posted 23/11/2015


FWT+DP showed our support for  the male led White Ribbon Campaign to end men’s violence against women.

The breakfast, at Blacktown Workers club, began with the arrival of the White Ribbon Bike Riders who rode from Newcastle to Blacktown, spreading awareness.

Hosted by Channel 9’s Simon Bouda, the event was attended by over 700 people and raised over $100,000 for our local community.

Guest speakers were Australian of the Year Rosie Batty and Channel 7 and White RIbbon Ambassador Andrew O’Keefe



FWT+DP thanked  Julianne Abood and Jackie Stewart for their many years of great service to FWT+DP. We wish them well in their future endeavors.

Julianne’s role as the – Inclusive Service Support Project (ISSP) worker was to assist mainstream organisations to engage with, and improve access for, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and communities living in the Metro West region.

Jackie’s role as the ACYFS worker provided support to Aboriginal workers in Western Sydney.  Jackie (and Maria Losurdo) also developed and delivered the ‘Womens Aboriginal Leadership program’ to meet the needs of Aboriginal women in Western Sydney to be better able to support their communities.

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 Judy Atkinson is Back!


A short message from Judy about her October visit to the US.

“Hi all,  I was working with Humanity United, to help develop a new philanthropic funding approach.  We had people from South Africa, Nigeria, South America, Northern Ireland, and so on who have all had major projects designed to address high level trauma violence and conflict.

This week I am in Boston, having talks with the team from the Harvard Program for Refugee Trauma – Global Mental health Trauma and Recovery.  Today I gave a presentation to the team College for Expressive Arts Therapies, at Lesley University which is on the Harvard site”

Emeritus Professor Judy Atkinson is a Jiman (central west Queensland) and Bundjalung (northern New South Wales) woman, with Anglo-Celtic and German heritage.

Judy Atkinson

Her academic contributions to the understanding of trauma related issues stemming from the violence of colonisation and the healing/recovery of Indigenous peoples from such trauma has won her the Carrick Neville Bonner Award in 2006 for her curriculum development and innovative teaching practice.

Judy will be joining us for Three days in November 17-19th at Penrith Panthers for a series of workshops and a forum.

 “Sharing Our Stories” Resource available now!

Posted 01/09/2015

Sharing our Stories

The ‘Sharing our Stories’ resource was developed for professionals and organisations to assist them to begin, or continue along their journey towards improving access for Aborginal and Torres Strait Islander individuals, families and communities.

The ‘Sharing Our Stories’ DVD is intended to be viewed individually or in a team setting to promote reflection and lead discussions that are focused on the various stages and elements that are key to this journey. A reflection worksheet has been developed to assist you to get the most out of the resource. Click here to go to Resource


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Membership, apply or renew to access cheaper training rates

Posted 15/09/2015

Training Membership is now open for the 2015/2016 financial year.  Standard day training rates are $88 for members or $148.50 for non-members and this includes morning tea and lunch.

This is a small increase from previous years but our training is still great value and we remain committed to delivering  local and affordable training of the highest quality that is responsive to your needs.

Membership for organisations is on a sliding scale with prices starting at $198 per annum for small organisations up to $990 for very large organisations with 50+ staff OR you can join as an Individual for only $44.

Join up NOW by completing the application form and pay before 30th June. ONLINE membership will be available from July 2015

Membership offer: buy 10 prepaid places and get ONE FREE


 Father Inclusive Practice E-Learning Development Series

Posted on 15/09/2015


Family Worker Training + Development Programme has developed an on-line Father Inclusive Practice Learning Program that allow participants to work through four training modules at their own pace.

Module One describes why we should be more father inclusive. Then Modules two to four you will look at how we can achieve the aim of father inclusive practice. Click here to go to the Father Inclusive online training


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