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.