Innovation grant supports trauma victims

A two-day trauma workshop in Katherine has attracted a larger than expected crowd hoping to transform the lives of vulnerable children in the region. 

More than 100 teachers and service providers attended the Making Space for Learning workshop delivered by the Australian Childhood Foundation. 

The driving force behind the workshop, Kintore Street School principal Marg Chamberlain said the outstanding number of attendees highlights there is an interest in providing appropriate services for children in the region.

Hopefully today will be the start of us understanding the children’s sensory needs and be able to provide strategies to support learning across the board

Kintore Street School principal Marg Chamberlain

“The workshop is providing the region with an integrated approach to dealing with children who have had trauma in their lives,” Ms Chamberlain said. 

“We initially though we would only get about 60 to 80 people, but when we were inundated with requests we had to extend the workshop. 

“We even had to turn people away,” she said. 

The workshop – part of the Education Department’s Innovation Grant secured by Kintore Street School – attracted teachers from across the region, as well as interested people from Territory Families, Catholic Care, Government agencies and other NGO’s. 

Ms Chamberlain said she is hoping Kintore Street School will become a point of contact for those seeking information on trauma. 

“Hopefully today will be the start of us understanding the children’s sensory needs and be able to provide strategies to support learning across the board. 

“If we all have the same language and approach it will create better outcomes for the children,” she said. 

The Making Space for Learning workshop was held at Godinymayin Yijard Rivers Arts and Culture Centre on Wednesday and Thursday. 

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