Cafe to build confidence

Nika Suwarsih, Kerrie Russell, Suzy Tevaseu and Maria Agelonitis at the cafe launch. Pictures: STEWART CHAMBERS 204720_01

By Mitchell Clarke

A ‘friendship’ café which aims to establish new women’s friendship circles has opened at Bridgewood Primary School.

The café was officially opened by La Trobe MP Jason Wood on Tuesday 18 February after the project received funding from the Department of Social Services under a Mutual Understanding, Support, Tolerance, Engagement and Respect (MUSTER) grant.

“It gives me immense pleasure to be here for the launch of the newest of seven Women’s Association South Eastern Melbourne Australia (WASEMA) friendship cafes,” Mr Wood said.

The grant for $322,300 will be used to help establish new women’s friendship circles (WFC) across the Casey and Cardinia region.

The project was developed to meet the needs of women in rapidly changing neighbourhoods across Melbourne’s south-eastern suburbs.

“I am proud to say that WFC provides an entry point for women to have confidence to take up opportunities,” Mr Wood added.

“There has been a proven track record of around 30 diverse women attending WFC and gaining insights and getting confidence to move on to study, training, employment and getting driving licenses.”

The café is open every Tuesday at Bridgewood Primary School.


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