Our Courses for Winter 2017

We have a fantastic space for running groups in our new premises and we are putting it to good use. Our team of experienced group facilitators have been working together to produce a range of group courses.  We are pleased to be launching this term, the first in a series of courses for young women.

Course registration via phone, email or drop is essential. Get in early to avoid disappointment

If you are a WINZ client you can now apply to access the Course Participation Allowance to cover your course fees. Pick up a form from the Women's Centre.

Weekly Walking Group

Open to all women who would like to meet up on a regular basis. Join local personal trainer, Lisa Edwards, in a fun half hour of walking and companionship. Kids, babies in buggies and dogs are also welcome.

Start date: Friday 4th August
Time: 9.30am
Where: Meet at the Women’s Centre
Cost: Gold Coin Donation
Interested? Call the Women’s Centre for more information and to register.

I Like Me: Building Healthy Self-Esteem and Confidence

This course aims to improve your self-confidence, build healthy self-esteem and help you gain a stronger sense of self-worth and self-acceptance.

We will explore what self-esteem is, how low self-esteem develops and how it is maintained.

In the course you will:

  • Learn to become aware of what you are thinking and feeling and learn how to change negative thought patterns and self-talk
  • Gain an understanding of how the brain works and how to create new brain pathways
  • Learn strategies and practices to help you live your life with more confidence and self-belief

Discover your full potential and develop confidence in your ability to fulfil goals of employment, life and interpersonal relationships. The course will involve some group work and discussion, experiential learning and individual exercises.

Date: 22nd August – 12th September (4 sessions)
Day: Tuesday     Time: 10.00am – 12.30pm
Facilitator: Ali Watersong
Cost: $35 waged, $20 low/unwaged
Enrol by: 15th August


Living Life with Freedom and Vitality: a Psychodrama Group

Psychodrama is an enlivening experiential action method where you can gain new perspectives and insights by setting out small scenes from your life using things and other people. This course aims to build your capacity to live a rich and fulfilling life and develop your ability to respond effectively to old situations or new challenges.

This course will give you the opportunity to:

  • Understand yourself better by learning what motivates your behaviour
  • Discover new ways to act in the here-and-now
  • Overcome the obstacles and challenges to living your life with freedom and authenticity
  • Build on your strengths and learn how to support yourself emotionally
  • Have more confidence and feel better about yourself
  • Get on better with others
  • Express your feelings in a constructive way in a safe environment
  • Develop the roles required to fulfil goals of employment, study, interpersonal relationships and personal wellbeing

We will develop a supportive group atmosphere where women can learn from each other. The sessions will involve warm-up activities, group work, dramatic action and experiential learning. No acting experience is required.

Date: 10th August – 14 September (6 sessions)
Day: Thursday   Time: 10.00am – 12.30pm
Facilitator: Ali Watersong
Cost: $55 waged, $35 low/unwaged
Enrol by: 3rd August


Introduction to Feminism: Discussion Group

What is feminism? Know a little bit but want to know more? Come along to this discussion group and learn about feminist history, theory and practice so that you can engage confidently in verbal and written communication.

Each session will be organised around a particular theme such as:

  • Feminist history
  • Intersectionality and class
  • Identity politics
  • Local politics

No previous knowledge is required. Come along and join the discussion and work towards the production of a group zine (DIY magazine) at the conclusion of the sessions. This course may develop into a regular discussion group if there is interest.

Date: 26 July – 27 September
Day: Wednesday   Time: 11.00am – 12.00pm
Facilitator: Sionainn Byrnes
Cost: Gold Coin Donation
Registration by: Monday 24 July


New Course for Young Women

R-E-S-P-E-C-T Positive sexualities and managing relationships.

A course for young women aged 14 – 16, designed to help encourage the development of knowledge and skills to promote positive sexualities, well being and healthy relationships.

This course covers:

  • Positive sexualities
  • The impact of media and culture on relationships, expectations, values and attitudes
  • Popular messages around body image, the effect on self-esteem and how to develop positive body image and build self-confidence 

Date: 10th August – 14th September (6 sessions)
Day: Thursday   Time: 7.00pm – 8.30pm
Facilitators: Sophie Bailey & Dr Elizabeth Wilson
Cost: $35 waged, $20 low/unwaged
Enrol by: 3rd August