Our very own Bev Lange was recently shortlisted as one of 6 finalists in the Westfield Local Heroes 2019 Competition.  Bev’s relentless commitment to social wellbeing and harmony in her community is undeniable.  Here’s a snapshot of the reasons why Westfield nominated Bev to progress to the community voting stage and why you should vote for her to help Stepping Out.

Shamelessly, here’s another plug to vote for Bev here. Voting opens 30th July 2019 and closes 12th August 2019 . There’ll be more reminders later in this inspiring article covering Bev’s tireless work in the community.

An inspiring career committed to social wellbeing and harmony

Bev is one of those rare humans who could have taken a path in the corporate world but instead made her choices based on how she could impact her community. As a highly experienced consultant, senior executive and company director and recognised leader and coach, Bev has had senior roles including Director of Communications & Major Events for Transport NSW; and the Chief Operating Officer for Macleay College. She has led organisations such as Stepping Out and the Bobby Goldsmith Foundation and served as a Director on the Boards of the Centenary of Federation (where she was awarded the esteemed Centenary of Federation Medal), NCOSS, Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras and Sydney Gay Games. She also works as a business coach and Executive Officer with Elder Abuse Action Australia.

Stepping Out’s Social Inclusion Initiative

Whilst in her role as General Manager of Stepping Out, Bev was instrumental in coordinating and promoting a Women’s Social Inclusion Group.  With statistics indicating that 1 in 4 women have been sexually assaulted as children, the related traumas that then occur in adult life can be horrendous. Alcohol and other drug abuse, poor mental health, risks of homelessness, low self-esteem and an inability to moderate emotions are all potential risks of CSA. More often than not, this leads to a dependence on social welfare. The Stepping Out Social Inclusion Group was established by Bev to support these women and bring them together in a safe and supported environment every Friday. The program offers a healthy lunch and a structured activity focusing on wellbeing, self-development and social inclusion. Activities include Trauma sensitive Yoga, Tai Chi, art therapy and pampering days, and all activities, including lunch, are provided free of charge.

The group of women have developed friendships with each other that exist beyond Stepping Out, resulting in further social well being and inclusion.

When Bev resigned from her position as General Manager of Stepping Out Program, rather than leave the organisation she chose to stay involved as a volunteer sub-committee member supporting the board, and now chairs the fundraising committee, responsible for increasing funding, branding and marketing of Stepping out.

Bev’s commitment & dedication to the betterment of society is well documented through a lifelong involvement in social & community causes. Through her roles, Bev acts as an educator, a facilitator & most importantly a provider of services to those most in need in our society.

Bev deserves recognition for her commitment to our community. Without people like Bev, organisations like Stepping Out would not survive. Please support Bev and vote for her. And do share this newsletter and link amongst family, friends and colleagues who can also vote and support Stepping Out and the people who drive this organisation forward. Vote for Bev here

What a much needed injection of $10,000 could do for Stepping Out

The Women’s Social Inclusion Group established by Bev would be the direct beneficiary of this $10,000. This group empowers and connects women, addresses social isolation and shares living skills of women who are survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse. With statistics indicating 1 in 4 women have encountered such abuse and its related traumas, this injection of funds would allow Stepping Out to increase the number of participants and programs such as Tai Chi, yoga, art therapy, jewellery making and community connection and excursions. This new funding will assist Stepping Out purchase basic art and other materials to encourage participation.

Stepping Out would like to acknowledge Westfield for their commitment to their community.

Please vote for Bev Lange, Westfield Local Hero here

Voting opens 30th July 2019 and closes 12th August 2019