Women's Spirit Project 

The Women’s Spirit Project aims to transform the lives of women from the Frankston region who are experiencing disadvantage, using a unique adventure-based therapeutic program with essential life-skills training.

The program will commence in February 2019 and conclude in May 2019. Every Sunday for 14 weeks women, aged 25 years and older, will be given the opportunity to build their mental, emotional and physical resilience to enable them to complete a 3 night/4 day trek around the Mornington Peninsula.

The women delivering this project are CEOs, business owners, managers and fitness experts from the health, fitness, finance, creative, community and social welfare sectors. They have a wealth of knowledge and experience, and most importantly, a deep desire to provide the helping hands required to deliver this project.

Contact us

We’d love to hear for you – if you would like to take part in this adventure, partner with our work, sponsor a participant, or simply get to know us a little better.

Email:    womensspiritproject@ourspirit.com.au 
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Who We Are

Jodie's story

The Women’s Spirit Project is the creation of Jodie Belyea and an initiative of Our Spirit Pty Ltd. The project is the pinnacle of a 50-year journey for Jodie, who experienced trauma in her childhood. With the support of friends, family and mentors, and using adventure-based therapies and counselling, she has been able to live a rich and rewarding life.

Jodie has completed three treks of the iconic Kokoda Track and a five-day, solo walk of the Bibbulman Track in Western Australia. She has built a career designing and delivering dozens of adventure-based programs and activities, at state, national and international levels, for hundreds of people from all walks of life.

Now, with the support of a team of local professional women, Jodie has created the Women’s Spirit Project. Together, they aim to give women experiencing disadvantage the opportunity to participate in the same life-changing learning and activities that she experienced.

“In moments of achievement and struggle, adventures reveal what we are made of, what we are capable of, supporting us to grow in confidence and resilience; strengthening the mind, body and soul.” – Jodie Belyea

The Team

The women delivering this project are CEOs, business owners, managers and fitness experts from the health, fitness, finance, creative, community and social welfare sectors who live and work in the Frankston region.

 

Jodie Belyea
(Project Coordinator)

Masters in Business Leadership
Undergraduate qualifications in Youth Work, Community Development, training and business administration.

25+ years’ experience supporting large and small not-for-profit organisations with program development, strategic planning, fundraising, service reviews and team-building.

Jenny Bosse

Certificate IV, Personal Training

Group exercise, Older adults
20 years’ experience in health fitness supporting community programing

Majella Frick

Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Government

25+ years’ experience as a journalist, project manager and office administrator.

Lorraine Riddoch

BA Hons in HR and Hogan Qualified Coach

HR Leader with 20+ years’ experience across private and public sectors in both UK and Australia most recently NAB and Australian Unity.
Has mentored women across Australia and Asia.

Kerry Strickland

Bachelor of Nursing

Proud Aboriginal woman from the Wadi Wadi tribe

5+ years working as a nurse, specialising in health for those experiencing disadvantage. Currently working as an Aboriginal Healthy Start to Life Nurse.

Susana Leiva

Bachelor of Arts (majors in Linguistics and Anthropology)
Bachelor of Teaching, University of Melbourne.

 

17 years teaching primary and senior school levels. Passionate about promoting kindness in each and every interaction with not only our fellow human beings but all living creatures.

Rebecca Hall

Undergraduate 4th year Occupational Therapy student

Committed to provide care and support to those in need.
Passionate about making a difference, small and big.

Karen Piscopo

Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Psychology
Certificate IV in Training and Assessment

30+ years of experience within the community services sector
Specialist in the area of family violence

Emma Rigby

Bachelor of Nursing

15 + years employed at Peninsula Health as a RN specialising in Medical/Neurology.


Partner Organisations

Aidan Grimes
Director

 

 

 

Juanita Sanger
CEO, Life Energy

 

Bachelor of Education in Physical Education and Health

20+ years’ experience in the health and fitness industry

She has been employed as a secondary college Department Head of Physical Education, Health and Sport; and Girls Sport Victoria executive committee member.

Greer Watson
Owner, Innate Design

 

Bachelor of Arts from Sydney College of Arts
Bachelor of Visual Communication (Hon)

20+ as a graphic designer for national advertising agencies, international companies and running her own business. Award winner - for Amnesty International campaign.

Helen Woods
Director, CEO Confidential

 

 

30+ years’ experience as a facilitator, encouraging leaders and their teams to co-create, collaborate and design new futures. She supports individuals and groups to ‘find their sense of self’’ and to embrace the change they want.

Email:    womensspiritproject@ourspirit.com.au
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What We Do

Our Mission

The Women’s Spirit Project aims to transform the lives of women from the Frankston region who are experiencing disadvantage, using a unique adventure-based therapeutic program and essential life-skills training.

These women will be supported on a journey which will enable them to take emotional, physical and intellectual risks that build their confidence, self-worth and resilience, in order to develop the courage and determination to realise their life goals.

Our Clients

Participants of The Women’s Spirit Project will:

  • be determined and committed to make change
  • be courageous
  • come from the Frankston and surrounding areas
  • be 25 years or older
  • be experiencing barriers in their life, including but not limited to:
    • social isolation
    • mental health issues
    • family violence
    • homelessness
    • long term unemployment
    • low educational attainment.

Participants will be referred from community agencies and services in the Frankston and surrounding areas.

Why Frankston?

The Frankston community has a greater number of women doing it tough when compared to the rest of Victoria.

In the 2011 Census, the Socio-Economic Indexes for Areas (SEIFA) Index was 996.7 which is extremely low compared to the state average. The SEIFA figure is attributed to community safety, housing insecurity, unemployment and child development.

Particular concerns in the community are families with high levels of family violence, child abuse and family breakdown, the number of children in out-of-home care, drug and alcohol abuse and the number of people suffering from mental illness, homelessness and unemployment.

Some stats:

  • 1 in 5 families are single parent families (20.5%) higher than the national average
  • Nearly half of Frankston women earn below the minimum weekly wage (< $599)
  • With low-income households or people living in socio-economic disadvantaged areas; higher rates of chronic diseases are prevalent
  • 1 in 5 women report high levels of psychological distress.
  • The highest rate of family violence in Metropolitan Melbourne.

Women from the community experience a range of barriers that prevent them from participating in physical activities and sports. These barriers compound their vulnerability and the risks they and their families’ experience. Barriers for women participating in physical activity:

  • Women are unlikely to see the benefits of physical activity
  • Low household income
  • Feel intimidated due to being overweight
  • Feel embarrassed
  • Lack of good, safe walking paths
  • Lack of ‘me’ time.

The Program

A range of therapeutic adventure-based personal development and life skills activities will be delivered in the course room and the great Australian outdoors to support the women on their learning journey.

From February 2019 and concluding in May 2019, 25 women, plus a team of experienced trainers, will meet to undertake the following:

  • Weekly Fitness activities
  • Monthly training walks of 3 to 5 hours
  • Life skills sessions including: goal setting, communication skills, conflict resolution, budgeting, mental health and wellbeing and positive parenting
  • Development of a ‘Personal Blue Print’ including short, medium and long term goals that inspire and motivate
  • Mentoring support from trained female mentors from the community
  • Three night/four day trek on the Mornington Peninsula.

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Meet Our Sponsors

 

 

 

Emerald HR Consulting

 

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Sponsors Us

Sponsorship Option One – Participant Sponsorship

$2,000 per woman to complete the 5 month program 25 participants aged 25+ from the Frankston region.

What the $2,000 purchases:

  • 80 hours of training delivered over 14 weeks across 5 months
  • Child minding
  • Training manuals
  • Equipment for training and trek – tents, walking shoes, sleeping bags, sleeping mats, rain gear
  • Participation in a 3-night, 4-day trek within the Mornington Peninsula
  • Documentary on the project and participants’ journey. Sponsorship opportunities available: 
    • Gold
    • Silver  
    • Bronze

Sponsorship Option Two - Project Documentary

Cost $12,000 - 3 x $4000 or 2 x $6000 

Documentary of the project journey, including participant and volunteer stories of growth and transformation. 

What the money purchases:

  • 20 minute documentary
  • Hire of all video equipment, script writing, editing equipment, lighting
  • Launch of documentary at celebration event

Sponsorship Benefits

  • Gold or Silver sponsorship offerings
  • Optional participation in documentary
  • Logo placement at the beginning of documentary
  • Business name listed in documentary credits

Sponsorship Option Three – Training and Marketing Resources

$1,000 x five sponsors. Group training materials and equipment necessary to deliver the six-month project.

What each $1,000 purchases:

  • Promotional garments including: caps, T-shirts, hoodies/wind cheater
  • Promotional signage for banners and vehicles
  • Bus hire for the trek
  • Training materials and stationery supplies
  • Additional walk equipment for the group

Sponsorship Benefits

  • Two tickets to the project launch
  • Two tickets to the celebration event
  • Acknowledgment of company on Facebook
  • Business name listed in documentary credits

Sponsorship Option Four – General running costs

Give what you can from $50 to $250

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Upcoming Events

Calendar of Activities:

  • Women Spirit Launch Event – Saturday, 15 September, 2018
  • Recruitment - commencing August, 2018
  • Program Commences – 3 February, 2019
  • Mornington Peninsula Trek (3 nights & 4 days) – 3-6 May, 2019
  • Program Concludes – 19 May, 2019

The Women Spirit Project Launch Event[BOOK NOW].

Trek – Mornington Peninsula 3 night/4 day. Take in the gorgeous scenery and the great Australian outdoors on this 3 night, 4 day experience. Participants, mentors and facilitators will be supported by a crew of volunteers to complete the trek with opportunities to include family and friends along the way to get an injection of encouragement. Everyone will camp in tents and be supported to immerse themselves in the process of putting one step in front of the other and all that comes with undertaking this life-changing adventure.

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News

List of titles that will link to documents or video showing our progress in time order.

 

 

 

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Join Us

Volunteer

Do you or someone you know have skills, knowledge, passion and time to dedicate to this unique and challenging project? Then contact us.

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Are you interested in becoming a Women’s Spirit participant? Applications open 1 August, 2018.

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