The University of Newcastle, Australia

Reclaiming My Place

Reclaiming My Place’ is an eight-week, arts informed program, delivered in partnership with community-based services and learning partners, to support creative exploration and opportunities for engagement in lifelong learning.

The program aims to provide spaces for women to build confidence and discuss the possibility of study, often at a time when they are re-building their lives and those of their children.

The program, developed by the Centre of Excellence in Equity in Higher Education in 2018, was  initially rolled out across Newcastle sites in collaboration with women’s homelessness service NOVA for Women and Children, The Canopy’s Child & Family Services, and community learning partners. The project has expanded in 2019, in partnership with Singleton Family Support Service, to include sites in Singleton and Cessnock.

The program is supported by a NSW Minister for Women NSW ‘Investing in Women’ grant.

‘Reclaiming My Place’ is led by CEEHE Learning Community Partnerships Officer Felicity Cocuzzoli, an artist/practitioner who has worked across child, family and community spaces in the Hunter, Newcastle and Port Stephens for more than twenty-five years. A proud descendent of the Wiradjuri Nation, Felicity is deeply committed to engaging with communities in and through art.

Partners

Uni4You (University of Newcastle)

Singleton Family Support

The Canopy

Maryland Neighbourhood Centre

NOVA for women and children

TAFE NSW Pathways Employability

Interrelate Newcastle