Resilient Women

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The Resilient Woman, Resilient System Initiative is a 12-month Ministry of Justice funded project where key agenices work together to create a whole system, resilience-based approach, to working with women in the Justice System. Facilitated by CoLab a number of key agencies have come together in partnership to focus on key actions for change around therapeutic support, learning & employment, sense of self & identity and support for children & families. 

The project began with 35 women attending a ‘Resilient Woman’ workshop. From this we identified key needs and messages that informed priorities for the project moving forward.

Women in the system identified 5 areas of work:

  • Having a secure base
  • Better therapeutic support
  • Specific learning/employment opportunities
  • Improved sense of identity
  • Suport for children and families

We currently have 21 women regularly accessing the project through various opportunities. The Women’s Forum meets on a monthly basis to monitor progress, to codesign new initiatives, and take time to discuss issues that matter in a safe space. 

Our weekly Women’s Open Session at CoLab hosts a range of agencies offering support in a protected space, including information on DSVA, benefits, housing, relationships, health, volunteering opportunities, and employability. We hope to create opportunities for developing social enterprise as the project develops.

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