A new not-for-profit social enterprise is about to be launched to offer a new alternative for women who live with trauma as a result of past abuse.
Lisa Brooke and Helen Dwyer are the co-founders behind The Eve Project which started with a conversation between the two in 2016.
They talked about what they are aiming to do at a Women in Tourism breakfast at Headlands Hotel on Tuesday.
With high statistics of abuse in Australia the two women believe we can all be part of the solution by bringing together a combination of therapeutic services, training, mentoring programs and supported work experience. The Eve Project’s aim is to provide pathways to help women reclaim their lives, thrive and work towards a sustainable future.
“It’s really our hearts desire to see an alternate future for women that live with trauma as a result of past abuse. It is crippling for women who are living with that trauma to function properly. We saw a real gap in our system for women getting back to believing in life again and being empowered. There is an option of either a disability support pension or the general workforce which doesn’t always help them when they have triggers while they are working,” Ms Brooke said.
“We wanted to make an alternate future so we started to dream about we could make that happen”.
The two founders have been working on The Eve Project for the last 2.5 years.
“The first stage of our initiative will be Eve & Co which is a hospitality initiative to provide a supported work environment,” Ms Brooke said.
“The idea is to help them to get belief in themselves and empower them to be able to sustain themselves again and dream again. We will be doing that through various initiatives.
“The first will be a pop up food van that you will see at markets, events and catering jobs.
“The second stage we want to build a wholefoods cafe with gardens.
“And the third stage will be a healing centre which will be somewhere remote on a farm and offer alternate therapies as well as traditional. It is a big project and we need a lot of support for it”.