Bringing a ‘spark’ to PreventX
To celebrate NAIDOC week, we’re featuring Laura and Sarah from the Clothing The Gap Foundation (formerly Spark Health), an Aboriginal led non for profit specialising in health promotion and meaningful Aboriginal Community engagement.
Managing Director Laura Thompson is a proud Gunditjmara woman and experienced and respected leader in Aboriginal health and health promotion. Sarah Sheridan is Director of Operations and as a non-Indigenous person working in Aboriginal health and business, she is an advocate for change and an example of reconciliation in action.
Through the Clothing The Gap Foundation, they run a range of preventative health programs and events in the Victorian community. One of these programs is Wellah Women, an eight week health program for Aboriginal women in Melbourne’s northern and western suburbs. The sessions are fun and interactive, and include workouts, guest speakers and the opportunity to meet and connect with other Aboriginal women. By focussing on health and happiness, the team have found the program is more accessible for participants who then feel supported to open up about their experiences of family violence.
Laura and Sarah also co-founded Clothing The Gap, a social enterprise and fashion label supporting the work of the Foundation. During Melbourne’s public health restrictions this year, through Clothing The Gap, Laura and Sarah hosted a number of virtual run/walk events to encourage people to keep active during isolation while nurturing emotional, spiritual and physical health. Connect to Country is one of these events that will be happening from Fri 20 - Sun 22 November.
Laura and Sarah will be bringing their energy and expertise to shape PreventX, our annual conference for primary prevention of violence against women practitioners.
PreventX Online is on 17-18 November. Get your ticket before they sell out.
NAIDOC Week (8-15 November) is a time to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. This year’s theme is Always Was, Always Will Be. We acknowledge the resilience and strength of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and their ongoing connection with lands, waters and culture. ‘Always was, always will be’ merchandise is available from the Clothing The Gap online store.
Pictured is Laura Thompson (left) and Sarah Sheridan (right).