Healing power of art after violence
DANCE, music and art are at the centre of a new program to help women through trauma, mental health issues or violence.
A Stream of Joy is a 10-week program to be run in collaboration with the Heart and Soul Foundation and Warrina Domestic and Family Violence Specialist Services.
During the program, the 20 participants will embrace various forms of art and culture - from learning the ukulele to Afro-Cuban dance - to help them through their recovery.
After numerous trials with Warrina, program co-ordinator Jane Tavener is excited to finally launch the program.
"My intention is to create a really safe space for women to come back together as a person," Ms Tavener said.
"Arts and culture can bring you back into joy and when you're in joy, you are in the present moment and you go through healing and transformation.
"We are very grateful to run the program for the first time."
A variety of community organisations and donors have dug deep to provide funding to help Ms Tavener put the program together.
Warrina manager Charlotte Young spoke highly of the unique program.
"It's been absolutely brilliant," Ms Young said.
"Many of our clients were able to access Jane's program and of course we have seen a difference."