Schools Program 2008-2014

PRESS RELEASE

The end of an era – Waminda’s school education program.

Waminda CEO Faye Worner today regretfully announced that Waminda will be unable to continue its successful school education program in 2015

“The program was developed in 2008 due to the lack of services supporting young Koori girls” said Faye.  The program provided them with current information and support around women’s health, social and emotional wellbeing, healthy relationships and self-protective behaviours, as well as cultural education.

Hundreds of young girls have completed the programs, with many of the participants staying in school longer and gaining employment when leaving school.

Patricia Deaves is an example. Patricia works for Waminda in administration, and provided this photo of herself in Year 7 completing the Waminda program.

“The program was an inspiration and helped build my confidence” Patricia said. “Being run by Aboriginal women as well it gave me a feeling that I could do more with my life and aim for a career in health or welfare services. And that is just what I have done”.

“I am sorry to see the program go” said Faye, “it has done so much for the community. But Waminda has not been funded for the program for some years now and we can’t keep doing it without support any longer”.

Schools program coordinator, Maiki Blakeney, said that she has written to the schools to advise that the program can no longer continue. “There has been a lot of concern in the community”, she said, “but also a lot of young women come forward, proud of what we and they have achieved. I hope we can pick up the program again in the future when we have the money to do it.”

From Left: Patricia Deaves (past student), Bianca Perry (Waminda) and Faye Worner (Waminda CEO) – remember fondly the successful days of the Waminda school program.