Family Violence Prevention Event
The Family Violence Prevention Event promotes the prevention of emotional, physical and sexual abuse, a product of family and domestic violence, by involving over 250 participants, mostly from the Afghan community, which raises their awareness and provides them with where to find help and further emotional, physical and sexual abuse support.
Elder abuse prevention workshop
Elder abuse prevention workshop is an awareness session that is generally aimed at the wider community but more focused on the Afghan community. It focus on giving older people and families awareness of what elder abuse is, how to recognise the signs and where people can seek help and information. Awareness of the issue is a very important protective factor for older people in terms of preventing abuse and it makes seeking help quickly, significantly easier for people especially those who has low English language proficiency in the community.
This workshop runs at least once a year and the participants are between 20 to 40 people. The session is often sought by a guest speaker from a range of backgrounds such as nurses, social workers, aged care staff and many more.
White Ribbon Seminar
The white Ribbon Seminar runs once a year on the occasion of White Ribbon Day. It runs for two hours and it’s usually organised in partnership with other organisations, therefore the participants are from the wider community between 40 to 50 people.
The seminar is designed to foster understanding about the root causes of gender-based violence (gender norms and expectations) and to prevent it. This workshop explores the history and work of White Ribbon and introduces approaches to building ally-ship: understanding emotions, healthy masculinities, identifying one’s power and privilege, consent, ways to intervene when violence occurs, and how to be a positive role model to other male-identified youth/adults. Participants are encouraged to share their views, experiences, and insights on gender-based violence, with the goal of promoting positive roles and prevention of gender based violence.
Breaking Down Stigma Seminar
This workshop runs once a year to provide a better understanding of what stigma means, how it impacts on people’s lives, and how we can prevent it. The workshop runs between 2 to 3 hours. The participants are from the Afghan community.
This workshop aims to increase the community’s skills, knowledge and confidence to challenge and prevent stigma and discrimination in an effective way, in the community.
Mental Health Awareness Session
The Afghans, culturally and traditionally, believe that mental health doesn’t exist and the person who claims that he/she is suffering from mental health is actually possessed by the spirits.
This session aims to raise awareness of mental health, prevent the misconception in the community and to make everyone aware to recognise the causes, symptoms and support options for a range of common and less-common mental health problems before it’s too late. This session runs once a year and over 30 people mostly from the Afghan community attend the session.
Health literacy programs
Besides other health related programs and information sessions, Bakhtar community Organisation through its partnership with the Victorian Health Department, local councils and community organisations have organized over hundreds of virtual COVID19 information sessions, translated materials in the community’s native languages and shared it with community through various communication platform.
Youth Engagement Program
The Youth Buzz program engages community’s youth to be part of inclusion programs as well as provide them with a platform to express themselves and seek advice from professionals as necessary.