Port Kembla's PeerCo given a 'leg up' to help trauma victims

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"This is a space where women can get together and be themselves and not have to pretend everything is okay," says Bridget Dougherty of PeerCo.
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A fledgling Port Kembla organisation supporting people who have lived through trauma and mental health issues has been given a "leg up" to spread their wings wider. PeerCo was launched in 2019 but COVID-19 brought many hurdles to pursuing their vision, said secretary and peer support worker Bridget Dougherty. A small grant of $8,400 has been awarded to the "small grassroots" service by Australia Post, but will make possible their Recovery Art Project to support women who have experienced domestic and/or family violence to connect with others for healing and recovery. Read more: Why painted rocks are appearing around the Illawarra "When people have gone through trauma it becomes all encompassing, so this is a space where women can get together and be themselves and not have to pretend everything is okay," Ms Dougherty said. "These groups are just about women being there for each other, women who understand what it's like to be in a dark place…
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