Group to help women

Holly ThompsonManjimup-Bridgetown Times
Event organiser Sharon Rose at the first meeting spot for the new women’s group.
Camera IconEvent organiser Sharon Rose at the first meeting spot for the new women’s group. Credit: Holly Thompson

Manjimup resident Sharon Rose has set up a new women’s group in the community, after benefiting from a similar group when living in Queensland.

“Life has been an interesting journey and I have had to learn about empowerment for women along the way,” she said.

“When I was living in Brisbane I was in a bad relationship, but the good thing about that was it gave me a chance to change.”

She joined a group called Womenspace, which she said gave her a lifeline at the time.

“It was a nurturing space for me and it was a chance for women to get together and support each other,” she said.

She has now set up a similar group for women in Manjimup.

“I tried to get a Womenspace group in Manjimup because I feel the town would really benefit from that,” she said.

“I’ve set up SNUG instead, which stands for support, nurture, understand, grow and will be sponsored by South West Women’s Health in Bunbury, Act-Belong-Commit and Department of Communities.”

She said the SNUG meetings would be a chance for women of all ages and backgrounds to get together and support each other.

The first meeting happened at the Timber Park on December 11 and there will be monthly meetings from now on.

“It is meant to be a bridging platform to link into other community groups and if women have not quite found out where they belong, this group is an opportunity to meet others and find that out,” she said.

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