A young recipient of the Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award.
A young recipient of the Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award.

Empowering the WA Community

Stronger Families

Mr Geoff Hart-Davies, CEO of Stronger Families, and Mr Paul Fitzpatrick, Chair of Stronger Families, visited Government House today to brief the Governor.

Stronger Families is a WA organisation based in the Peel region. Recently, they commenced the Caring Dads program. This 17-week evidence-based group intervention program was designed around the premise that whilst violence against women and children has been historically considered two separate issues, they are strongly linked and should be addressed together.

The Caring Dads program starts with a focus on how violence in the home affects children and raises men’s awareness about how disrespect towards the mother is also a form of violence against children. By offering Caring Dads, Stronger Families is committed to partnering with the Peel community and engaging men to promote safe and responsible fathers through the provision of dedicated, world’s best practice and evidence-based group intervention programs.

Short Back and Sidewalks

Craig Hollywood, Founder of Short Back & Sidewalks and 2022 WA Local Hero and 2022 Community Citizen of the Year, visited the Governor to discuss the ongoing efforts of the not-for-profit group. Short Back and Sidewalks is a free hair-cutting and grooming service for members of the community who are experiencing homelessness.

Duke of Edinburgh Awards

55 young Western Australians were recognised for the outstanding achievements at last night’s Duke of Edinburgh Awards ceremony. Awardees were granted the Gold Award, the highest level obtainable.

Prior to granting the awards, the Governor stated his admiration for the awards and the rich 60 year history, guided by the principles of empowerment, responsibility, commitment, community contribution and perseverance.

“You have each set for yourselves a high bar in terms of challenges that have tested your personal limits and abilities. You have each succeeded. And in doing so, you have demonstrated qualities that will hold you in good stead in your careers and your lives, as well as a commitment to serving your community.”

The Award is a leading structured youth development program that empowers all young Australians aged 14-24 to explore their full potential and find their purpose, passion and place in the world, regardless of their location or circumstance.

To achieve an Award, each young person must learn a skill, improve their physical well-being, volunteer in their community and experience a team adventure in a new environment. Achieving an Award recognises individual goal setting and self-improvement through persistence and achievement.


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