This year, we have been extremely lucky to work in partnership with Mission Australia to support young women at Wirreanda Secondary School.
Art Hang Out is a program which combines creative expression of Art making with the opportunity to connect and link to counselling or other supports as needed, within a therapeutic environment.
This program is designed to support girls in year 8 and 9 , in a safe creative environment during two lunch times a week. It is run by two qualified Youth Workers from Mission Australia Southern Outreach Team (SORT), led by Peta Black, pictured below.
Students have participated voluntarily in this program. Numbers have varied from a minimum of five to 12 participants per week.
The SORT team have begun working with year seven girls in our feeder primary schools. This will provide a smooth transition to those students, and the opportunity for these future year eight girls to participate in the ‘Art Hang Out’ next year.
Students this year have expressed:
“It is a quiet area to sit and talk with friends while being creative”
“I would love this to continue when I am in year 10”
“I have met other students who I would not have spoken to normally”
For any further information on the ‘Art Hang Out’ program, please contact the school.
Counsellor/ Community Connections