Located in one of the most culturally diverse and marginalised communities in Melbourne – Dandenong, Casey and Cardinia, Wellsprings for Women has improved the lives of thousands of vulnerable women since its inception in 1994 as a small drop-in group for socially isolated women.
Subsequently it grew to provide 50 education, employment and support programs for around 500 women and children weekly in a safe, encouraging environment where women thrive.
Aside from English and computer literacy and vocational pathway programs, they provide case management to women impacted by mental health, isolation, family violence, poverty and homelessness so they can overcome their complex barriers to education. Services include safety plans, risk assessment, emergency relief, supported referrals and material aid.
Wellsprings impactful work not only meets the needs of learners, it contributes to the wellbeing of the wider community and enables women and children to live free from violence.
“ Working at the grass roots of our community is in itself rewarding as we witness directly the impact of our programs on the lives of our participants. Winning this award is both a significant and profound act by the Victorian Training Awards, of recognising the value of holistic adult education especially for women. Education that does not just focus on the acquisition of knowledge and skills but also incorporates deliberate interventions for enhancing women’s safety and wellbeing”
Concluded Dalal Smily CEO of Wellsprings for Women