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Empowering Survivors Through Education

Castle has partnered with Got Your Back Sista, helping survivors of domestic violence gain empowerment through a qualification.

The local disability service provider is facilitating a 12-week course, with 12 women who are due to graduate with a Certificate II in Retail Services in late November.

“At the end of the course, our wonderful participants will receive a qualification, will have completed work experience at Village People Op Shop and will be supported by Castle to gain employment in retail! I am so proud of our collaboration with Castle - we do our best work when we work together,” said Melissa Histon, founder of Got Your Back Sista.

The course is the first of Castle’s TRIBE initiatives, which aims to help survivors gain confidence and financial independence through mentoring, training, education and long-term employment opportunities. Castle will work closely with community partners such as Got Your Back Sista, Carrie's Place and NOVA for women and children to connect women to an intimate network of support services.

“After the success of our Inclusive 100 Campaign last year, we wanted to keep the momentum up and continue raising awareness of other disadvantaged groups in our community”, said Castle CEO and TRIBE Ambassador, Dianne Hamer.

“People who have escaped domestic violence may suffer from depression, anxiety, PTSD or physical injuries as a result of their abuse. Though our Disability Employment Service, we can help them access funding for tailored education and employment support”.

Castle hopes TRIBE can become a support network, allowing survivors to connect, share stories and inspire each other to transform and rise on their journey to becoming independent, brave and empowered. If you want to join the TRIBE or have an employment opportunity for a survivor of domestic or family violence, visit www.castle.org.au/tribe

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