Peaceful Humans to expand trauma based learning program
Tuesday, 12 March 2019
Traumatised refugee women and children in our community will have access to an expanded range of learning and support programs in Toowoomba run by local charity Peaceful Humans Inc.
Federal Member for Groom John McVeigh joined Peaceful Humans founder Genevieve Allpass today to announce $49,985 in funding from the Coalition Government’s Fostering Integration grants.
“This funding will help expand Peaceful Humans’ Australian-first trauma based learning program, which will now be offered to both refugee women and children,” Dr McVeigh said.
“Under the program, participants work with highly qualified therapists, counsellors and psychologists to help nurture and support women and children from countries like Syria and Iraq.
“Through art therapy, music therapy and a range of counselling and support services, participants build a capacity for learning and growth, with a view to eventually looking at more conventional learning opportunities such as school or TAFE.”
Dr McVeigh said Toowoomba was a generous and kind community that had welcomed refugees from some of the world’s most traumatised nations.
“Peaceful Humans is one of two Toowoomba based organisations to receive funding under the Fostering Integration grants this week,” Dr McVeigh said.
“Canvas Coworking was also successful for its Zero to Startup program, which will support migrants and refugees looking to develop business ideas or for jobseekers from the migrant community needing advice or support.
“It is heartening to see the great work being done by these groups to support migrants and refugees in our community and work with them to integrate into our way of life here in Australia,” he said.
Across the country, the Government is providing $9.3 million to organisations under the Fostering Integration grants to work at the grassroots level to assist migrants.