Children of Phoenix are delighted to be providing Personal Development Workshops for Catholic Education Staff aligned with Victorian Teaching Standards in regards to sexual abuse. To compliment these professional workshops for Education Staff, Children of Phoenix will provide community awareness workshops for the Ballarat community. Specifically to demystify community perceptions of child sexual abuse in terms of its prevalence and the context where most abuse occurs and making the community feel more confident and empowered to respond to victims and be proactive about the issue of child sexual abuse in our community.
Roteract Movie Night
Children of Phoenix has been selected as a local charity of choice by the Ballarat Roteracts for 2014 for support. To kick the year off early a movie night was held on Thursday 19th December by Roteract. Children of Phoenix are looking forward to an ongoing partnership of support with Roteract throughout 2014.
Reclaiming our City Awareness Walk around Lake Wendouree
Reclaiming our community Awareness Walk around Lake Wendouree in September 2013 was a hugely successful event in raising the awareness of sexual abuse. The walk involved approximately 200 people including local school children, general community, local service providers, Police and survivors of Clergy sexual abuse in Ballarat.
It was evident that the Awareness walk needs to become a regular event to remember the victims of sexual abuse who have lost their lost lives as a result of their trauma. It is hoped that during Child Protection Week the Reclaiming our City Awareness can become and inaugural event in Ballarat.
The training seminar was attended by 40 professionals based in Ballarat, Melton and Bacchus Marsh within the education sector, nursing, counselling and welfare areas. The feedback received on the day of training reinforced the demand for best practice evidence based training and the urgent need within the Ballarat area.