Posted by Katrina Henningham on Oct 12, 2020
 
Barry introduced the guest speaker, Peree Watson, and CEO of “Got Your Back Sista”, Mel Histon.
 
As the registered charitable arm of The Sista Code movement, their vision is to see women and their children happy, thriving and living independently after escaping the trauma of domestic violence.
 
As such, Got Your Back Sista offers benevolent relief and support to women and children escaping domestic violence and are at risk of living below the poverty line. They give a hand up for them to begin again and live independently.
 
Mel described the various programs offered by Got Your Back Sista: Got Your Back Sista provides a pathway from refuge accommodation to sustainable independent housing, living and employment.
 
The charity is focussed on providing these services within the Hunter, Central Coast and Manning Regions with a look to expand to providing services throughout NSW in the next 12 months. They offer:
 
Begin Again Program: Helping women and children, moving from a refuge to independent living, setup a safe home by providing furniture, white goods and household items, plus food and personal care items.
 
Stand Tall Sista Program: is a 6-week selfdefence program to help women to feel both mentally and physically stronger. It provides a great opportunity for women to: have fun in a group setting with other women; learn tips and techniques to feel empowered and safe; learn about personal space and boundaries and what to do if they feel threatened; learn how to physically defend themself; and, improve their self-esteem and confidence.
 
Rise Up & Thrive Program: Aims to help women who have escaped domestic violence gain the confidence, support and skills they need to be happy, obtain employment and thrive. This program comprises workshops, mentoring, reskilling (if needed), work experience and employment opportunities for participants. Unfortunately, domestic violence is prevalent in our country and the single biggest driver of women into poverty which, in turn, has a significant impact on their wellbeing, health and happiness.
 
Empowerment Circle: is a free weekly workshop, designed to empower women to live their best life. Each week, the presenter covers topics such as: self-compassion; kindness to self and others; forgiveness; self-worth and self-care; resilience skills; the practice of deep breathing; goal setting & vision boarding; and much more.
 
Love Bites Program: is a Respectful Relationships Education Program for young people aged 15-17 years. It consists of two interactive workshops: one on Relationship Violence, and one on Sex and Relationships, followed by creative workshops and community campaigns.
 
LOVE BiTES aims to provide young people with a safe environment to examine, discuss and explore respectful relationships. All Love Bites programming takes a strength-based approach and views young people as active participants who are able to make choices for themselves and their relationships when supported with information and opportunity for skill development.
 
LOVE BiTES education is focused on three critical areas for learning: Knowledge: youth-led collaborative learning; Attitudes: critical thinking and decisionmaking; and Behaviours: problem solving and communication skills.
 
Following Peree’s presentation, both Peree and Mel responded to questions and comments from Members.
 
Vote of Thanks: Club Service Director, Glenys thanked Peree and Mel, and presented two books that will be given to a local school on their behalf, plus a Thank You card.
 
For more information visit their website: https://www.gotyourbacksista.com/