The Why Be You Project offers programs and presentations within the community which work on the principle that there is one truth we cannot escape from - we were ALL teenagers once! As such, we all carry memories, experiences and perhaps hurts and fears into our interactions with teenagers in our lives. How often do we want to protect someone we love going through what we have been through? How often do we presume to know what school is like now and therefore have the perfect solution to what your niece, nephew, neighbour, friend or child is going through?
Raising children is all about working as a team and the expression 'it takes a village to raise a child' becomes the structure that offers a larger family, a network of support that safeguards the young person both physically, emotionally and psychologically. In fact, research shows that our relationship within the community is one of the core determinants of health.
The programs offered through the Why Be You Project focus on understanding, decency and respect in our communication and expression in our homes, work and in education. For more details and a list of upcoming presentations and workshops please go to our events page.
Parenting through the HSC/BAC
Exam stress can produce a high pressure environment the whole house goes through, and one which manifests in higher levels of anxiety and unusual behaviour. This fun, honest and practical presentation looks at how we can support parents to see this year as another life skills learning opportunity, rather than the 'be all and end all' we have come to believe it is. It is offered as a 90 min presentation for councils or schools to host as a support for the parents in their community challenged by parenting during the high pressure exam years around the HSC or the BAC.
Find Your Voice
Anxiety and a fear of standing out can mean we miss out on so many opportunities in life, it can also mean we are at higher risk of lifestyle illnesses from using coping behaviours for not being understood, met or heard. In some cases it can lead to being at higher risk of abuse. Expression and confidence in who you are and what you bring is a life skill we must ensure is a fundamental in our life-skills box. This is a fun 4 week program for adults who find it hard to express themselves either in the home or their work. NEW program starting March 2018 Register your interest.
Self-Care for front line workers
This 3-hour workshop supports front-line workers including teachers, nurses, health care and youth workers to ensure they have a tool box of strategies for self-care as a foundational part of their work practices. As front line workers are at higher risk of burn-out and yet a vital part of our community, this workshop offers a practical approach to time-poor workers that can be implemented immediately.
This 4-part program offers an opportunity to review and re-set the 'normal' barometer on what we call a 'healthy relationship'. It starts with our relationship with ourselves, each week the program will look at our barometer, respectful communication, setting boundaries, home and work. This is a program which has been designed to address the growing rise of domestic and family violence in our community.