Flame of Change Unifying Support
The Flame of Change Unifying Support (FOCUS) is an idea and a statement that will focus attention on the positive work that happens in the domestic and Aboriginal and family violence sector. As the name states it also about changing perceptions and attitudes surrounding the domestic and Aboriginal and family violence and the homelessness and domestic and Aboriginal family violence itself, with the view of how as organisations we can unify our support not only for each other but more importantly for families and communities that are affected by domestic and Aboriginal and family violence.
How the idea was created.
In September 2014,Tod Stokes and I had been facilitating training in Pt Augusta on lateral violence, whilst driving back to an Adelaide discussion turned to the 16 Days of Activism, the White Ribbon breakfast, White Ribbon Day and the DV and homelessness sector. The White Ribbon breakfast is the launch of the 16 Days of Activism against gendered violence and I asked Tod what is in place to culminate, show case and then close the 16 Days of Activism. Of course there was nothing official in place at the time and Tod stated “KWY should hold an event to showcase the DV sector and the great work that happens within it”. It was at that point an epiphany happened, the discussion continued as Tod busily took notes on his iPad as we discussed and planned the event over the next two hours whilst driving back to Adelaide.
The most difficult part of all of this was finding an appropriate and worthy name for the gala event. We needed a statement that reflected the sector, the great work within it and also something that was marketable.
The flame was an integral symbol for us as it symbolises the candle light vigil,that takes place to support victims, survivors and families of domestic and Aboriginal family violence. Change needed to be made in attitudes from men regarding gendered violence and also the perception of the tireless and unrecognised work that takes place from within the homelessness and domestic violence services. Unifying Support is an important element in the sector from all organisations working towards the same goal, to ensure the safety of women and children.
2017 Flame of Change Unifying Support awards and conference dinner this year is open to anyone that is a part of the Domestic and family and homelessness sector. Nominations are now open if you know of an individual or organisation that has gone above their funding agreement to support clients then nominate them.
Join us in celebrating the outstanding individuals & organisations who provide support for people experiencing homelessness & domestic & Aboriginal family violence.
Venue : Crowne Plaza Hotel
Date :Friday 8th December, 2017
Address:16 Hindmarsh Square, Adelaide
Book a seat or a table
Tickets on sale from August 21st, 2017
Free with purchase of conference 2 day ticket :3 course meal and 5 hour entertainment package.
Music by Sound Factory
F.O.C.U.S Award nominations open August 21st, 2017.
For more information contact Admin (08) 8377 7822