Women’s Community Shelters and high school students across Sydney are walking the talk in 2019

Written by on 25 February 2019

Women’s Community Shelters are combating women’s homelessness from the ground up with the launch of Walk the Talk education initiative in fifteen Sydney schools.

A pioneering program building high school student’s awareness of domestic violence and women’s homelessness, Walk the Talk empowers students to support the women and children in need in their community by ‘adopting’ their local shelter.  Over 2000 Sydney students will be walking the talk in 2019. 

This positive proactive initiative reflects the innovative approach of Women’s Community Shelters who currently support up to 100 women and children every night across their shelter network.

The program launches in Term 1 with a custom student workshop conducted by Enlighten Education, and staff training. The school staff and teachers will then work with the students across the course of the year, assisted by Women’s Community Shelters, to support the student led initiatives. With two of the schools already launched student plans include knitting blankets & toys, setting up a box at the school canteen to collect change and growing vegetables in the school grounds for fundraising. The Walk the Talk awards, running in Term 4 of the year, will acknowledge outstanding achievement in the program and showcase the range of innovative ideas.

This year, 15 schools will run the education initiative, with 2000 students supporting four local Women’s Community Shelters located in Castle Hill, Hornsby, Northern Beaches and Nepean. This includes Rouse Hill High School & Oakhill College, which are the two schools representing the local area of The Hills, Parramatta and the Cumberland.

FULL DETAILS: Visit Women’s Community Shelter’s Website

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