Here we are project
In mid-2018 Women’s Health and Wellbeing Barwon South West (WHWBSW) took up the chance to partner with leading disability organisation Women with Disabilities Victoria (WDV) for the rollout of the Here We Are Project (HWA). The mission of the project is to look at how women with disability are engaging with the community and how the community can better work to engage women with disability leading to greater input and ultimately greater satisfaction. Coming aboard the WHWBSW team for the HWA Project our Community Engagement Officer has worked to build upon WHWBSW’s existing relationships within the disability space and increasing our reach throughout the disability community, particularly with project partners WDV and local Barwon organisations. As a result WHWBSW have begun work on several strategies, including a targeted social capital survey, that will actively work to empower women with disabilities in the community and give local businesses, organisations and community members the right tools to better engage with women with disabilities in long lasting and meaningful ways. Focussing on WHWBSW’s key priority areas the HWA project has joined well with WHWBSW’s existing output and has laid the ground-work to ensure WHWBSW is an accessible and inclusive organisation going forward for woman of all abilities.
The goal of this work was to develop a toolkit to help guide WHWBSW towards the ultimate goal of inclusion for women with a disability ion the region. It can be put to use to guide other organisations.
The survey posed questions to women with a lived experience of disability around the overall quality, enjoyment and satisfaction they experience throughout their communities and day-to-day lives.
This unique event in November 2018 provided women with a lived experience of disability with the opportunity to participate in an event that was creative, peaceful and fun.