What an amazing day Blue Knot Day 2021 was! Connection and engagement are what healing and recovery is all about. It is about listening and hearing and believing. It is about sharing what is comfortable for each person and having your feelings validated. It is about knowing that you matter and that what happened to you matters. And most importantly it is about understanding that even though we may feel alone and isolated, there are many others who are on their journey too – a unique journey but one which also has some shared experiences, challenges and possibilities.
We thank the Minister for Families and Social Services, Minister for Women’s Safety, Senator the Hon. Anne Ruston for launching Blue Knot Day. We thank the Minister for her support and for launching our Guideline and Plain English Guide around building a trauma-informed community in the disability sector.
On Blue Knot Day we heard from a number of survivors who provided us with a window into their journeys, through trauma-informed support or in advocating for trauma-informed change. A very big thank you to Andrew, to Helen, to Robert and to Celeste. We heard from some of our Ambassadors, our trainers and our counsellors – reflections on what building a trauma-informed community means to them. And we shared time with Janine, Louise, Natasha, Jo, Tamara and Shirley gaining insights through learning and engaging in activities and concepts and reflections.
Hundreds of survivors and their supporters joined our mini-webinars, with a big thank you to Tamara and her team for providing such important accessible information so seamlessly.
A big thank you to our Blue Knot team, to Anne, Tamara, Dylan and everyone who together made this day the great success it was. But most of all a big thank you to our community for joining us and supporting our vision of building a trauma-informed community.
Again, we thank you for your support and look forward to you joining us again next year on Blue Knot Day 2022. So put the date in your diary today – Thursday, October 27th 2022!
In other significant news, we are delighted to announce our partnership with The Healing Foundation and Australian Childhood Foundation for the National Centre for Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse. Our aligned values, approach and passion will see our partnership help change the lives of Australians now and into the future. We look forward to updating you on the progress of this vital initiative.