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Womens Assembly

Free to Feed

Supported beneficiary groups within Women & Girls
Age Demographic
Adults - aged 25 to under 65
Project Focus
Project Area
Australia
Metro

Project Description

Free to Feed is proud to announce the Women’s Assembly. A pre-employment program designed for women seeking asylum and refugees facing severe isolation and profound barriers to connection, education and employment. Women’s Assembly is collaboratively led by a Community Organiser and Free to Feed program team. Our Community Organiser is positioned to lead meaningfully and effectively due to their lived experience of seeking asylum and resettling in Melbourne. Evidence tells us that leaders with lived experience aligned to their cohort are the most effective leaders to create meaningful and sustained outcomes.

The Women’s Assembly delivers pre-employment content, practical skills, exposure to social structures and supportive pathways to support resettlement. The delivery of this being both explicit through tutorial sessions and implicit through a cookbook project that harnesses intergenerational recipes, memories and the literacy and numeracy skills involved in capturing the process.

Attendee’s of this program will then be referred to local bodies to support next steps in employment and education pathways. We are planning that 70% of this cohort will be referred and engaged in their next step by the end of the Assembly delivery. Existing as a powerful mechanism of societal integration for a cohort with a systemically high risk profile. Women’s Assembly attendee’s will join and be apart of the broader Free to Feed community offering.

Expected Outcomes

Free to Feed is proud to announce the Women’s Assembly. A pre-employment program designed for women seeking asylum and refugees facing severe isolation and profound barriers to connection, education and employment. Women’s Assembly is collaboratively led by a Community Organiser and Free to Feed program team. Our Community Organiser is positioned to lead effectively due to their lived experience of seeking asylum and resettling in Melbourne. Evidence tells us that leaders with lived experience are the most effective leaders to create meaningful and sustained outcomes.

The Women’s Assembly delivers pre-employment content, practical skills, exposure to social structures and supportive pathways to support resettlement. The delivery of this being both explicit through tutorial sessions and implicit through a cookbook project that harnesses intergenerational recipes, memories and the literacy and numeracy skills involved in capturing the process. Attendee’s will be invited to access our inbuilt community, employment opportunities and list of vibrant cultural celebration calendar to support sustained community support.

Project Data & Lessons

Attendee’s of this program will then be referred to local bodies to support next steps in employment and education pathways. We are planning that 70% of this cohort will be referred and engaged in their next step by the end of the Assembly delivery. Existing as a powerful mechanism of societal integration for a cohort with a systemically high risk profile.

It is anticipated that attendee’s will experience impact to their social, vocational and mental wellbeing. Qualitative and quantitative impact measurement schedules will enable us to capture and articulate outcomes anticipated. Findings will be communicated in a cumulative impact report upon program completion.

Project Dates

Project Commences: February 1, 2021
Project Completes: December 1, 2022

Funding Details

$10,000
Funding Needed
$5,000
Current Funding
$15,000
Total Project Costs
0
Approved Tax Deductability Status
Approved Tax Concession Charity
Other Funding Sources
In kind contributions
Other Support Opportunities
Impact investment, In-kind contributions, Low-interest or no-interest loans, Pro bono services, Subsidies

Organisation Details

Free to Feed
ABN: 45613017682

Contact

Kathy Share
Phone: 0416257634

About Free to Feed

Free to Feed is a not for profit social enterprise in awe of the potential and spirit of refugees, people seeking asylum and new migrants. Free to Feed operates a dynamic training and professional development program, creating paid job opportunities by delivering authentic food experiences, including community classes centred on the cooking instructor’s country of origin, corporate classes and bespoke catering. Free to Feed hosts a number of food orientated events to advocate for the rights of refugees and people seeking asylum and create conversations which champion their individual skills and share their unique stories. Since 2016, over 20,000 hours of paid training and 1200 life-changing events have been created, resulting in the distribution over $500,000 in employment wages to people seeking asylum and refugees. Providing a nurturing and empowering work environment and a strong and supportive community built around each of the participants, professional wellbeing support is provided to ensure that mental health is prioritised through this period of transition into the Australian
workforce.

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