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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.

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.

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 2015 17-19th at Penrith Panthers for a series of workshops and a forum.

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.

FWT+DP Reconciliation Action Plan Launch

Posted 21/5/2015


This is the second RAP for FWT+DP Inc, a continuation of our commitment to building and exploring new approaches to working as an organisation toward reconciliation. It has been developed as an act of best intention and commitment to the process of reconciliation.

FWT+DP  aims to identify and address specific practices and procedures where FWT+DP can improve in the areas of recognition, respect and access to service provision for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community sector workers, families and communities.


Child Protection Forum- “Broader Issues and Implications of the “Safe Home for Life” reforms

Posted 17/6/2015

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The Forum covered changes to child protection legislation and practice under the ‘Safe Home for Life’ reforms and the broad implications for families and the service system. The day offered keynote speakers on the reform, shared discussion and presentations on the key messages.

“Take Home Messages” panel included Louisa McKay FamS, Wendy Foote Deputy CEO ACWA, Megan Neal FACs, Gabrielle Cantrell Legal Aid, Louis Masters Catholic Care, Julie Hourigan-Ruce CEO FamS.

The second day was a smaller intimate group which drilled down into Impacts and Practice Implications for Aboriginal Families and Community” and featured Guest Speaker Chery Orr, Cheryl has been nominated Indigenous Lawyer of the year 2014.

Apology Day 2015 Entertainment Beat boxing…Have a listen

Posted 31/3/2015

David, a local high school student with exceptional ‘beat boxing’ talents that combined elements of the didgeridoo sounds provided entertainment throughout the Apology Day 2015 Event.

Apology Day 2015 Panel Discussion

Posted 31/3/2015

Aunty Faye Mosely, Brendan Kerin and Annette Lavender share their very personal stories and healing journeys….that never end….experienced since Kevin Rudd’s Apology to the Australia’s Aboriginal Peoples on February 13, 2008, which acknowledged in particular the Stolen Generations. The Apology represented a public admission of the governments responsibility for the trauma, loss and separation from family, community, culture and land that the Stolen Generations have experienced, and represents an important stage of the journey of healing.

Apology Day Event

Posted 9/03/2015

On  Friday, 13 February 2015, over 350 Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people came together for Apology Day at Muru Mittigar!
The Apology to Australia’s Aboriginal Peoples was delivered by then Prime Minister Kevin Rudd on February 13, 2008, and acknowledged in particular the Stolen Generations. The significance of the Apology is enormous – for many the Apology represented a public admission of the governments responsibility for the trauma, loss and separation from family, community, culture and land that the Stolen Generations have experienced, and represents an important stage of the journey of healing.
It was amazing to see double the number of attendees this year. There were over 40 stalls, children’s activities, a smoking ceremony by Uncle Wes, workshops and many attendees participated in creating a Healing tree.  Attendees also had the opportunity to listen to stories past and present from Local Elders and community members. We would like to thank the The Healing Foundation for funding this event, a partnership between FWT+DP and Muru Mittigar.

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White Ribbon Day

Posted 24/11/2014

White Ribbon Day is on Nov 25th. The staff at FWT+DP will be taking part in activities to raise awareness about Domestic Violence and White Ribbon Day. We have wrapped our office in white. White Ribbon is Australia’s only national, male led Campaign to end men’s violence against women. The campaign works through primary prevention initiatives involving awareness raising and education, and programs with youth, schools, workplaces and across the broader community.

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Welcoming Catherine White, FWT+DP new Executive Officer

Posted 24/11/2014

Our new executive officer- Catherine White has been settling in since joined the team on the 17th September 2014. Catherine was previously the manager at the Women’s Activity and Self-Help Center for ten years. We all look forward to this new chapter in FWT+DP’s development.


Celebrating 30 Years AGM 1984-2014 +  Jackie Wilgress Retires

Posted on 22/9/2014


At  Family Worker Training & Development Program (FWT+DP) AGM a farewell was held for Jackie Wilgress our Executive Officer, as this was her last formality before her retirement.  Jackie has been with FWT+DP for 19 years we all wish her well in her retirement. Some amazing details about the growth of FWT+DP from 2 part time workers in 1984 to the 11  as well as the amazing numbers of workers who have benefited from our training.

2014 Impact Measurement Awards!!!

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Family Worker Training + Development Programme Inc has received the ‘Honourable Mention 2014 Impact Measurement Award’ for Achievements in Impact Measurement for a small Not-For-Profit’.

The Impact Measurement Awards recognise excellence and achievement in impact measurement across the community, corporate and government sectors. FWT+DP was one of 136 finalists from across Australia. This year’s Judges focused on organisations that were using organisational impact measurement in ways that demonstrated striving for improvement, embedded sustainability, transparency and accountability.

 Aboriginal Womens Leadership Graduation Celebration

In March 2014 ten Aboriginal women from Western Sydney graduated from the first ever Aboriginal Women’s Leadership Program run locally. The ‘Strong Women’s Voices = Strong Communities Program’ was developed by Jackie Stewart from Family Worker Training + Development Programme

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