wuthering day 2023 at Mona Vale shines a light on the women's Resilience Centre
The Most Wuthering Heights Day Ever is an event held at locations around the world where participants recreate the music video for musician Kate Bush's 1978 song "Wuthering Heights". The event's inspiration is Shambush's The Ultimate Kate Bush Experience, which took place in 2013 in Brighton, United Kingdom, as part of Brighton Fringe, created by performance collective Shambush! who attempted to set an unofficial world record for the most people dressed as Kate Bush in one place, with hundreds attending.
In 2016, The Most Wuthering Heights Day Ever event was proposed to be held in at least 16 places worldwide including Adelaide, Perth, Northern Rivers, Sydney, Tel Aviv, Montreal, Atlanta, Copenhagen, Berlin, Uppsala, Wellington, Hobart, Amsterdam and Somersworth. Shambush! who inspired the event hosted an event in London and helped organise the largest event in Melbourne.
Since then the annual July event has grown and is seen as a few hours of women's empowerment, creating connections and just having some fun.
The Women's Resilience Centre was founded in 2020 as a place of hope, healing and recovery for women who have experienced or witnessed domestic abuse and trauma. Based in Mona Vale, the WRC is positioned to fill the gap between short-term crisis care and longer-term recovery. We provide a Resilience Program supported by a lived-experience peer-to-peer Mentoring Program, delivered nationally online and face-to-face. Through partnerships with housing providers, the WRC is planning a national network of residential accommodation for up to 12 months, providing a safe space for women to reset their lives.
Simone Allan, Director and Founder Women’s Resilience Centre explains:
''The Women’s Resilience Centre is a northern beaches initiative. It is a service to provide hope, healing and long term recovery for women and their families who have experienced or witnessed domestic abuse and trauma.
The statistics state that one women dies every 8 days in Australia and on the Northern Beaches over 130 + DV incidents are reported each month. Trauma is Ike a cancer that pervades if not dealt with and it presents itself through dysfunctional behaviour.
It is estimated that 75% of Australian adults have experienced a traumatic event at some point in their life (Productivity Commission estimates using ABS 2009). International studies estimate that 62–68% of young people will have been exposed to at least one traumatic event by the age of 17.
The key to a road to recovery from trauma is a non judgemental empathic and supportive community.
If we do not repair we will repeat.
For women stepping out of domestic violence on the northern beaches there are some incredibly supportive short term crisis care shelters where women can go, but they can only stay in residence for 12 weeks and then where did they go? Who is there to support them? Usually a case worker is assigned to them for a period of time. How do they navigate stepping forward as dealing with trauma that takes about 7 years to recover.
In Australia women on average return to unsafe places 7-11 times, as they have no clear pathway forward.
The Women’s Resilience Centre provides the support and community care between short-term crisis care and longer-term recovery. We provide capability building Resilience Programs supported by a lived-experience peer-to-peer Mentoring Program. Currently we are already delivering a national financial wellbeing program, with mental health practitioners in attendance to support participants.
Many people like myself came to the sea to heal and and we are blessed in this community to have a playground of mother nature combined with incredible giving well-being experts to prove the model that we want to offer of long-term support for families who have suffered domestic violence and trauma.
If you have time to volunteer to offer well-being services - whether it be health or recreational learning programs - singing classes, yoga, meditation, cooking etc or financial support please get in touch with us come and talk to us or reach out to us through our website www.women’s resiliencecentre.com.au
Resetting Lives! Positively impacting generations ahead!
The Women’s Resilience Centre is a not for profit organisation and has charitable status. All donations are tax deductible.
Today is about dancing and celebrating that we are worthy of peace, finding our agency and receiving the bounty of this life.''
The WRC aims to equip women with the tools they will need to get back up and move forward - it's not just events, there are a range of Programs designed to foster autonomy.
For example, the WRC Employment Readiness is now open for registration.
This online program supports women wishing to re-enter the workplace and reset their lives after experiencing domestic abuse, trauma or deep loss.
Employment Readiness starts online on 7th August on Mondays 12:00pm -1:30pm. Please email email@example.com to register or call 9979 1865 for more information.
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Residents can also support the WRC by attending one of their fundraising events.
Coming up are the Ignite Fashion Parade on September 15th and the 2023 Afternoon Tea By The Sea on November 4th, 2023.