Welfare onto Work

W.O.W Welfare onto Work - "every women needs this workshop" - Gina
W.O.W Welfare onto Work - "it was inspirational" - Karen
W.O.W Welfare onto Work - "they awoke my self-worth" - Tracey
W.O.W Welfare onto Work - "the team are like sisters to me" - Hanna
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Our Vision is to have our Welfare onto Work workshop all over South Australia. We are working on this vision, come and join us.

Here are a few females who have attended in the past . We asked them to write down their thoughts to share with you .

Gina (attended the very first workshop)

I spent 12 years in Jail. During this time my mother took care of my son by the time I was released he was 15 and I did not know him and I did not think I was worthy of being his mother after what I had done. I will not go into details about what happened, put it this way I made a stupid decision in helping my boyfriend out, most importantly my son had his mother taken away from him. The WOW Foundation provided to me a FREE workshop on self-worth and supported me in building my relationship with my son. After the course, they sent me for a job interview and one of their mentors came with me. On that day, the employer offered me the job working full-time in his cafe kitchen from that day on my life changed. I am worthy I am a worthy woman thanks to the WOW Team. I learnt the secret ingredient was self-worth. Every WOMAN needs this workshop.

Karen

In June 2015 I completed the Women of Worth Australia program. It was an intense, high content course, that was very motivational but more importantly – it was inspirational! There were tools for communication and tools to help with even the most mundane job type which led me to be more open, to different job roles that, I would not have previously considered. I found the customer service component to be very helpful and gave me a new perspective. I received assistance with my resume and an application for a job that was a perfect fit! The program is very well organised and run, it was awesome to make connections with this lovely group of women and I am looking forward to catching up with everyone in the future. Many thanks to the Women of Worth Team – Janice, Amanda, Meana and Muna. Thank you Karen x

Tracy (attended the very first workshop)

At the age of 26 I had never worked, I left school at the age of 14 and at the age of 17 my mother passed away from a drug overdose. I had moved around a lot and had been in and out of many abusive relationships. I wanted to work I wanted to go back to school I did not think I could. I enrolled many times into courses and adult education but I never even attended the first day. My inner voice was telling me I was not good enough, I was stupid and not worth it. Today after attending the one month workshop my life is on a different path. The WOW Team supported me into Adult education to complete my schooling from there I have now started my first year at university. Most importantly they awoke my self worth they provided to me encouragement and support via sisterhood, my mentor is over 60 years of age and she had a similar background as I have had. Without her and the WOW Team I know I would still be jumping around in a miserable life because I was totally miserable , now today I am at Uni I work part-time and I volunteer at the foundation.

Hanna

I was retrenched from my job where I had spent 12 years assisting in the office. After 6 months of applying for jobs, my motivation hit rock bottom and I was struggling to pay my mortgage. A friend gave me a pamphlet on the Welfare onto Work workshop and I enrolled. If it was not for this workshop I do not know where I would be today. I was introduced to an employer by the foundation and was hired the next day they supported and advocated for me and most importantly kept my motivation up and grew my self-worth. I learnt so much about myself and they allowed me to investigate starting my own business they put me in touch with all the contacts that I needed and today with my part-time job and my little business I am motivated about my future and my mortgage is up to date. The team are like sisters to me and each one of them are willing to share their skills and knowledge with me as they genuinely want me to live the best life I can, they make you feel like anything is possible. I now live every day with one of their sayings ,”People need people, reach out to the community around you, share your knowledge and the ripple of all things possible will motivate and empower you and others, today and into the future”.