IF YOU are a Victorian women living in a rural farming community and have a story to tell, the National Centre for Farmer Health wants to hear it – and hear from you.
If you live on the land you must have lived through some tough times and NCFH wants you to share you experience, tell your story and help others by taking this supported opportunity to participate in a ‘From Inside the Farm Gate’ digital storytelling workshop.
NCFH Deakin University research fellow Alison Kennedy said feedback from previous digital storytelling workshop participants includes:
“It was a powerful, fantastic and at times quite full on experience.”
“It reinforced that people can understand … the underlying problems in people’s lives by watching and listening to their personal story.”
Dr Kennedy said NCFH was looking for 24 enthusiastic rural Victorian women whose lives have been affected by tough times in some way, such as physical health, wellbeing challenges for themself or someone they have cared for, financial hardship, bereavement, natural disaster or leaving the farm.
She said participants need to be comfortable using a computer, attend a three-day workshop and be passionate about telling their story to give voice to rural women and build knowledge and understanding of the rural experience in the broader community.
“The good news is we can provide accommodation and most meals, and travel allowance to recognise the time off-farm or away from your community,” Dr Kennedy said.
“We want to make a short movie/video (digital story) using sound, narrative, images and voiceover.’’
The sessions will be held in Hamilton from January 30-February 1 (workshop one) and February 6-8 (workshops two).
The $2,500 places are free to participants.
To register your interest and learn more about the workshop phone Dr Kennedy on 5551 8533 or email [email protected].