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Wednesday, 12 December 2018

Stuart Ayres MP, Member for Penrith today announced that Nepean Community Neighbourhood Services (NCNS) and Wentworth Community Housing (WCH) will each receive a NSW Government grant to hold events for 2019 NSW Women’s Week.

“We want women to have every opportunity to achieve their social and economic goals and supporting these organisations so they may host events will help women to do just that,” Stuart Ayres said. 

“I’m thrilled that NSW Women’s Week is coming to Penrith to challenge outdated perceptions about women and girls, celebrate their achievements and provide practical support to help them succeed in whatever they choose to do.”

Wentworth Chief Executive Office, Stephen McIntyre, said the team was delighted to know their project had been shortlisted to receive the grant.

”Our tenants have a broad range of strengths and experiences and we want them to be proud of who they are, their stories, and the important roles they play in their communities.” 

“We see the activities leading up to the NSW Women’s Week as an opportunity for our tenants to celebrate their personal journeys with each other. Through art, we want them to feel encouraged to express their dreams, goals and future.”

Wentworth Community Housing will receive $4,900 to host an arts-based project to increase connections and create opportunities for creative expression for women and girls who live in community housing.  A series of micro engagement activities will be held in the lead up to the major event.  The event will celebrate the resilience and aspirations of women who use WCHs services.

Nepean Community Neighbourhood Services will receive $4,990 towards their “Her Stories” project that aims to celebrate the economic, political, social achievements and contributions of women, past, present and future in the Cranebrook community.  The project will capture the stories and photos of the women of Cranebrook.  The culmination of the project will be a book launch where each attendee will be given a copy of the book.  Books will also be donated to local schools and community centres to be used as future reference resources.

The local events are just some of 32 events and activities during NSW Women’s Week that will focus on the three priorities areas of the NSW Women’s Strategy 2018-2022; women’s economic opportunity and advancement, health and wellbeing, and participation and empowerment.NSW Women’s Week will be held to celebrate International Women’s Day from 3 to 9 March 2019. For more information, visit: