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Funding for Moorditj Weirn Wreaths project

Ruah is delighted to be one of 12 organisations to receive funding through the State Government’s Grants for Women program, which will enable us to deliver a new Moorditj Weirn (Strong Spirit) Wreaths project.

The brainchild of support worker, Winnie Hayward, the project will facilitate the residents of Kambarang Place working with artists to make and share culturally appropriate (dried material) wreaths funeral wreaths which can be donated to families in the Aboriginal community – a cohort that experiences high levels of trauma, grief and financial stress, all bought sharply into focus at the time of bereavement/sorry business.

The sharing of wreaths from women at Kambarang to their communities will help raise awareness of women’s safety and of the strengths, resilience, value and contribution Aboriginal women bring to their families and communities.

It will also provide an opportunity for participants to gain sense of healing from violence, trauma and grief​ through a practical activity with tangible outcomes and informal opportunities for yarning and connection to co-residents.

As a residential service for individual Aboriginal women escaping family and domestic violence, Kambarang Place is a leading provider of culturally secure healing-orientated specialist accommodation, supporting the strategic plan goal for women to live safely.