Children Of Phoenix Workshop Programme



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Focus will be on understanding disclosure and delayed disclosure (what motivates and facilitates disclosure); responding to disclosure, understanding trauma impacts and providing support. The role and value of psycho-education to assist in the recovery and healing process. Legal literacy: understanding and negotiating the criminal justice system.
Suitable audience: professionals from welfare organisations, health professionals, teachers, school counsellors, trauma counsellors, grief counsellors, advocates, lawyers, court liaison support workers, pastoral care workers, advocates.
Cost: $60. Tea/coffee and Lunch provided. Reference Pack for every participant valued at $50
Venue: Ballarat Golf Club Conference Room, 1800 Sturt Street, Alfredton. Thursday, October 16, 2014. 9am to 12.30pm. Registration 8.30am


Focus on the prevalence of family violence and sexual violence. Understanding delayed disclosure and disclosure; responding to disclosure and providing support; accessing and understanding the process of reporting and the legal process; supporting victim recovery and safety issues.
Suitable audience: members of the general community who are supporting someone who has been abused or wanting to have further knowledge; community groups; family members or friends supporting a person who has been abused.
No Cost. Lunch Provided.
Venue: Ballarat Golf Club Conference Room, 1800 Sturt Street, Alfredton. Wednesday, October 15,
2014. 9am to 12.30pm. Registration 8.30am


Closed Workshop for Male Survivors
Making sense of feelings and impact; disclosure; getting help from family, friends, professionals; making a police report : your rights and choices; the legal process; keeping safe; creating pathways forward
Workshop open to male survivors. (Survivors welcome to bring a support person)
No Cost. Lunch provided and Support Pack valued at $70 provided free to every participant.
Venue: Ballarat Golf Club Conference Room, 1800 Sturt Street, Alfredton. Tuesday, October 14,
2014. 9am to 12.30pm. Registration 8.30am
Closed Workshop for Female Survivors:
Making sense of feelings and impact; disclosure; getting help from family, friends, professionals; making a police report : your rights and choices; the legal process; keeping safe; creating pathways forward
Workshop open to female survivors. (Survivors welcome to bring a support person)
No Cost. Lunch provided and Support Pack valued at $70 provided free to every participant.
Venue: Ballarat Golf Club Conference Room, 1800 Sturt Street, Alfredton. Monday October 13 2014.
9am to 12.30pm. Registration 8.30am



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When making contact please identify which workshop you wish to attend. We wish to acknowledge Ballarat City Council Community Grant Programme for supporting these workshops.

Sun Theatre in Yarraville Fundraising Event


Children of Phoenix will host a film fundraising evening on Thursday 30th October at the Sun Theatre in Yarraville to help raise money for scholarships.The Sun Theatre is an iconic, Art Deco era cinema that has been beautifully restored… get a group of friends together and come along to support the foundation for a great evening. Nibbles and drinks on arrival, door prizes and a great movie – the premiere screening of the film Pride.

It’s the summer of 1984 Margaret Thatcher is in power and the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) is on strike. At the Gay Pride March in London, a group of gay and lesbian activists decides to raise money to support the families of the striking miners. But there is a problem. The Union seems embarrassed to receive their support. But the activists are not deterred. They decide to ignore the Union and go direct to the miners. They identify a mining village in deepest Wales and set off in a mini bus to make their donation in person. And so begins the extraordinary story of two seemingly alien communities who form a surprising and ultimately triumphant partnership.

Meet the crew of the yacht Children of Phoenix and hear about their exploits as they sail the waters of Port Phillip in support of survivors.

Make sure you bring along some spare cash – great raffle prizes to be had!

Tickets: $30 per head (includes movie, drink on arrival and nibbles)

Go to the ‘Donate’ button on this website to purchase tickets – make sure you give us your name and how many ‘Pride’ tickets you need. Then pick up your tickets on arrival – 6:15pm for a 7:00pm screening.

For all enquiries contact Kathy Macfarlane on 0433 762 798.

Tickets $30.00 each
Click on the ‘Add to cart’ button once for each ticket

Please note:  if you already have a Paypal account with a credit card linked to it, you will need to either log in and pay via your Paypal account or use a different credit card.

Civic Reception To Honour Children of Phoenix

On Friday, September 12, 2014 the Ballarat City Council honoured Children of Phoenix with a Civic Reception to formally recognise and acknowledge the contribution and work of the charity.  We were truly honoured to have the Mayor of Ballarat,  Joshua Morris speak openly of the valuable contribution our charity makes to the lives of those affected by childhood sexual abuse.  Moreover, Mayor Morris highlighted that our work goes largely unseen and unrecognised due to the sensitive area and therefore does not receive the public exposure or promotion needed to support what we do – and in doing so urged the community to support Children of Phoenix.  Ballarat City Council host only a handful of Civic Receptions each year and so we are privileged to have this recognition for the commitment and efforts undertaken by members of the Board and Friends of Phoenix volunteers.

The Reception was well attended with local MP’s, sponsors and donors attending as well as survivors who have benefited from past scholarships.  Our Founder and Chair Professor S. Caroline Taylor AM spoke at the Civic Reception and took the opportunity to acknowledge and thank her Board and volunteers for their selfless commitment and hard work to help those affected by childhood sexual abuse.  Professor Taylor also acknowledged the support from sponsors and donors and spoke to the importance of education to support the dreams and aspirations of children, youth and adults whose educational pathways have been adversely affected by childhood sexual abuse.

Children of Phoenix Cup Cake Morning Tea

Our inaugural ‘cupcake morning tea’ to coincide with Child Protection Week was a great success.  Businesses and individuals across Ballarat purchased hundreds and hundreds of pre-ordered, beautifully hand-made cupcakes. This was possible through the generosity and wonderful spirit of the Manager and staff at Safeway Sebastopol who sponsored our morning tea with freshly baked, hand decorated cupcakes.  Proving they really are the ‘fresh food people’ the great staff at Safeway in Sebastopol worked through the night to freshly bake and hand-decorate close to 1000 cupcakes in our charity colours. Local SES volunteers and Friends of Phoenix volunteers came to Safeway early in the morning to deliver the boxed cup-cakes across the city.

Store Manager Des Carter and his staff went above and beyond their duty to support our charity and to promote the event in-store.  The wonderful SES volunteers were incredibly efficient at mapping out a delivery plan across the city to ensure every business or community group who ordered cupcakes had them ready for morning tea.

Board Members and Friends of Phoenix volunteers attended morning tea with Ballarat Police who hosted a cupcake morning tea attended by around 60 police officers. Staff at  The Courier newspaper hosted their own morning tea through their cafeteria to support the event and Ballarat City Council also hosted a cupcake morning tea in support along with more than 27 other businesses in Ballarat.

Thank you to everyone who purchased cupcakes and helped to support the important work of the charity.  And thank you to folk who took some snaps of their morning tea and sent them to us and/or posted them on their Facebook. Please visit our photo gallery to view some of the snaps from the day.

SES Volunteers, Des Carter, Safeway Manager Sebastapol and Professor S. Caroline Taylor AM

SES Volunteers, Des Carter, Safeway Manager Sebastapol and Professor S. Caroline Taylor AM

2014 Inaugural Cup Cake Morning Tea

Professor S Caroline Taylor AM Appointed To SAMSN

Professor Caroline Taylor has been a long term supporter of SAMSN (Survivors and Mates Support Network), an organisation dedicated to supporting male survivors of childhood sexual assault.  Located and operating out of Sydney, NSW, the group provides programs and a support network that gives invaluable support and healing for male survivors.  Earlier this year Caroline was approached to become a member of SAMN’s Board of Advisors. The Board of Advisors had their first meeting in July followed by a formal launch of SAMSN at a wonderful gala dinner at Darling Harbour to celebrate the opening of their headquarters in Sydney.  For more information about SAMSN and the work they do visit

Professor S Caroline Taylor AM Appointed Patron

Professor Taylor has been honoured with the invitation of becoming Patron of the NSW Victims and Witnesses of Crime Court Support Organisation. This wonderful organisation provides crucial support to children and adults who are required to attend court as a victim of crime or a witness in a criminal case. There work is invaluable and Professor Taylor is honoured to be invited to be a Patron of this important organisation based in Sydney NSW. Appointed in January of this year Professor Taylor met with staff and volunteers of the organisation in May at their headquarters in Sydney.

Ballarat City Council Community Impact Grant

Children of Phoenix have been successful in obtaining a Ballarat City Council Community Impact Grant. The project: “Empowering Voices & Strengthening Responses: Community Awareness for Professionals and the community”  will conduct a series of professional tailored workshops for victim/survivors of child sexual abuse; professionals in the sector and the wider community.  In addition, our second annual awareness walk will be held during child protection week. We wish to thank Ballarat City Council for their commitment to strengthening community responses to vulnerable members of the community who have experienced child sexual abuse and also to victim/survivors themselves through the specialised workshops that Children of Phoenix will host.

Scholarship Sponsor

Children of Phoenix are delighted to announce St John of God hospital as a scholarship sponsor.  This support will help the charity in its important work.

Cupcake Morning Tea Fundraiser

Children of Phoenix would like to thank Safeway Sebastapol who are sponsoring the cup cake morning tea by baking and hand decorating our cup cakes.

Children of Phoenix Organisation invites you to please help us by hosting a cup cake morning tea fundraiser on Wednesday, September 10 to coincide with Child Protection Week, September 7 -13 2014.

  • Host a morning or afternoon tea at your work place on Wednesday September 10 for work colleagues and friends or members of the public
  • Cup Cakes cost $5 each and are individually hand-made and iced and Children of Phoenix volunteers will deliver them to your work place OR host a morning tea with your own cup-cakes and raise funds for a great cause.
  • Every dollar raised goes towards funding our scholarship programs.
  • All monies raised go towards funding our scholarship and mentor programs. Our scholarships provide to those whose educational pathways have been compromised or lost as a consequence of the impacts of childhood sexual abuse. Remember: Children of Phoenix  is a locally based, volunteer based registered charity with DGR status.
  • Please, help a most worthy local charity simply by hosting and/or taking part in this inaugural charity event of a  cup cake morning tea.
  • Host a morning or after tea to remind us all of the vulnerability and preciousness of children, and our role in protecting and nurturing them.

To get more information or register to host a morning tea at your office or home please contact Children of Phoenix at

Discover Sailing

We are pleased to announce a new sailing scholarship which will include access to courses run by qualified instructors at the Royal Yacht Club of Victoria.

Read a recent article written by our board member Kathy Macfarlane on this wonderful and exciting opportunity…

Other than my family and friends, there are 3 things in life I’m passionate about;

  1. Helping those who have been silenced to find a voice
  2. Education
  3. Sailing

I’ve been involved with Children of Phoenix since 2009, when I met board members at a Teddy Bears’ picnic fundraiser in the Ballarat region. (Did I mention I’m also passionate about teddy bears?) Immediately, the purpose and goals of the foundation resonated with two of the things on my list. I’m delighted to be able to bring my third passion into the picture now, and share the joy of sailing with others.

I began sailing as a toddler with my family in our small dinghy on the beaches of Mornington Peninsula. As a teenager I competed at state and national level with my brother; sailing was definitely the catalyst that helped us find our way past the usual sibling bickering to a close and lasting relationship. Many of my best memories are from this time; watching dolphins swimming in our bow wake, often so close I could almost reach down and touch them. There’s something magical about being on the water, being dependent on the wind to get where you want to go. You may learn to master the art of sailing but a good sailor knows you can never master the elements; numerous outings in less than favourable weather have taught me that lesson. But they’ve also challenged me; stretched me beyond what I thought I was capable of and shown me that I can do more.

Fast forward to adult life and it was these memories of sailing and the confidence it instilled in me that anchored me through some turbulent years. More recently, with my own children grown up I have been able to return to the sport I love and 2 years ago purchased a 10.5 metre Elliott; a fast, exciting racing yacht which is immense fun to sail but also very challenging. I compete in club and inter-club events, in particular all of the women’s keelboat sailing events at the top end of the bay. Last season I decided to rename the boat as a means of raising awareness for the foundation and hopefully, in the long term, some much-needed scholarship dollars. We have competed as ‘Children of Phoenix’, along with signage and team uniforms for the past 12 months. Although I’ve been sailing for over 40 years, boat ownership and helming is new for me. Many of my crew are new to sailing and none have been participating for more than a few seasons. ‘Children of Phoenix’ needs a crew of 7 – 8 for racing, so for me the aim was to gather a group of women who were keen to learn, teach them some new skills, hopefully improve our performance but above all have fun and ensure that everyone enjoyed the experience.

The results have been beyond my wildest imaginings; we recently won our Division in the Australian Women’s Keelboat Regatta earlier this year but most importantly, many of the crew who have been on board along the way have expressed how it has been a life-changing experience for them, with the confidence it has helped them develop. At the end of last season I approached my yacht club (Royal Yacht Club of Victoria, Williamstown) and was delighted that they were enthusiastic about sponsoring a sailing scholarship for Children of Phoenix Foundation. The scholarship will include access to courses run by qualified instructors at the club as well as opportunities to sail and participate in racing on board Children of Phoenix. All necessary equipment will be supplied and no prior experience is necessary.

If you’d like to learn some new skills and meet some new friends please submit an application form… I look forward to welcoming you on the water!

Kathy Macfarlane




The Suzanne Burnham Scholarship

Children of Phoenix Organisation wish to announce the new Suzanne Burnham Scholarship in honour of the memory of Suzanne.  This scholarship, sponsored to celebrate the memory of Suzanne, will commence in our 2014-2015 round that will open later this year.

Board Member Retirements

Two of our board members have recently retired from their roles.  Kevin Carson was a founding board member on Children of Phoenix serving (2008 to December 2013).  Kevin has been a great contributor to the board and we thank him sincerely for his efforts and support.  He will continue to be a Friend of Children of Phoenix.

Helen Schiele (2010- 2013) has also made a wonderful contribution to the board during her term and again we extend our sincere thanks and wish her well for the future.