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Tools For Change

Tools for Change was a mentoring project run by WHGNE from 2010-2013 aimed at increasing the financial confidence and capability of women leaving domestic violence. It was preceded by Common Cents and The Domestic Violence NILS program within the organisation. In supporting women to regain or develop their financial skills, Tools for Change aimed to reduce the number of women and their children returning to violence or becoming homeless.

Tools for Change also acknowledged the need for a multi-layered response to the journey of women exiting violence with low financial confidence. This project developed; a mentor project training package, Rural Financial Counsellor domestic and family violence resources in response to a sector needs survey as well as discrete tools development in response to tools of value within the mentor training and mentee uptake.

Tools For Change program package

The Tools for Change mentoring approach offers a long-term, respectful, relationship-based process of information exchange that views the women as experts of their own lives and as engaged, committed women wanting to make a change to their finances. It acknowledges their past, the present barriers and constraints, and the knowledge and experience they seek. This package includes a mentor training package, facilitator guide, powerpoint presentation, MP3 audio, and Literature review.

Tools for Change Mentor Training Facilitator Guide Download
Mentor Resource Handbook Download
Mentor Training Powerpoint Presentation Download
Mentor Training - One Woman’s Story MP3 Audio guest speaker  
Literature Review Download
Mentor Training - Folder Cover Download
Mentor Training - Spine Graphics Download
Certificate of completion; includes mapping to existing courses Download
Evaluation templates for training modules Download Module 1
Download Module 2
Download Moduel 3
CD labels Download


Other resources

A range of other resources and discussion papers have been developed in response to demand or highlighted need

Linking Women’s Stories to Service Delivery - a discussion paper Download
Women, Rurality, Family Violence and Economic Abuse - a discussion paper Download
Tools for Change Spending Diary Download
Tools for Change Essential First Steps to reclaiming financial independence  
Tools for Change Debt Elimination Planning Download

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