Community consultation for the roll-out of the new Hedland Breathing Space men's behaviour change program is in full swing, addressing the growing need for Family Domestic Violence (FDV) solutions in the Pilbara region.
After a jam-packed visit to Hedland last December, Melissa Perry, David Cain, Robyn Antenucci and Nicci Salley visited the region again in February to continue conversations with local service providers and community members.
More than 30 people came along to two Community Information Sessions, providing valuable feedback and sharing many personal stories, all of which are critical in designing a program tailored to the local community.
Plenty of discussion took place around how best to partner with some of the amazing community service providers already in the region, to ensure wrap-around services are available for the whole family group, not just men in the program.
During the visit, our team met with the Department of Justice, Julyardi Aboriginal Corporation, Nyamal Aboriginal Corporation, Wirraka Maya Health Services, Youth Involvement Council, Mission Australia, Baler Primary School Board, the Community Safety Advisory Forum and more.
Melissa and David also spoke with local media, including ABC Pilbara, Ngaarda Media and the Pilbara Times (article attached).
Right now, the Department of Communities is busy renovating and refurbishing the Hedland Breathing Space site. Recruitment of a Program Manager is almost complete, with someone expected to be on-board in the next few weeks.
The Communicare team will be heading to Hedland on a regular basis over the next few months to continue building relationships with local service providers.
Recruitment for staffing of the program is also a key focus right now, to make sure we get the right people in place to deliver this important FDV initiative.
In addition, we will be hosting more Community Information Sessions and holding ongoing discussions with local service providers, government agencies and other stakeholder as we work towards a final program model.
Hedland Breathing Space is funded as part of the Pilbara Vital Change Program through BHP and is expected to open later this year.
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