First QLD Women’s Shed empowers local women
You’ve heard of Men’s Sheds all across Australia but in the town of Charters Towers, the first Women’s Shed in QLD was opened in February, 2016. In the drought-stricken community of Charters Towers, The Women of the Outback community group saw the need for a safe and comfortable space for women to learn basic skills and improve social wellbeing. Experiencing an increase of domestic violence cases amongst local women, the Shed invites women to attend workshops with the aim to teach new skills and empower these women.
Reaching out to FRRR, the Women of the Outback were provided with a $2,700 grant from the Tackling Tough Times Together program funded by the Aussie Farmers' Foundation.
After the receiving the grant, the Women’s Shed purchased a fridge, office chairs, BBQ, computer and printer, filing cabinet, urn and kettle to furnish their office and support the sustainability of the shed. Now the Women’s Shed is able to hold a variety of workshops, including an Asian cooking class and carpentry skills course.
Whilst the Women of the Outback know there is still a long way to go, as they are the first Women’s Shed in QLD, the enthusiasm from the local community and the endless possibilities and potential to help support and empower women in the township is exciting. Thanks to the grant the Women’s Shed is well on its way to becoming the best it can be, providing it with the essentials to help set it up.