Coming together to make a difference

Nontando Magxala of Department of Healt,h presenting on the topic of domestic violence.

The first Women’s Advice Strategy and Action Workshop (WASA) was held in Somerset West in late February, created and developed by Dr Bryony May of Together Against Covid-19.

Her concept was to bring women with a shared passion together, in order to empower them to provide support within their communities across the Helderberg.

The workshop was a huge success and achieved the goals of sharing information about important topics, creating collaborations and raising awareness.

Patricia Thakholi, social auxiliary worker at PATCH, presenting on the topic of child sexual abuse.

Presenters gave background information, contact details and encouraged networking across a range of topics which included child abuse, domestic violence, self care and managing stress, contraception and sexually transmitted diseases, rape, unplanned pregnancies, reusable sanitary ware and small business creation.

Sandy Immelman of Helderberg Baby Saver gave a demonstration at the Saver, as the event was held next door at Urban Voice.

WASA would like to thank the community members who attended and the organisations that presented, as well as Masikhule for facilitating the event, Urban Voice for accommodating it, Virtual Resource, and Vergelegen Kwikspar for providing refreshments.

The success of this workshop has prompted Dr May to continue with this concept in the hopes of empowering more community members and spreading important information about organisations that provide assistance within the Helderberg community.