ACON has appointed its first full-time Young Women’s Project Officer to manage its ever-growing and ever-important Ins and Outs education group for young lesbians under the age of 26.
Michelle Woods steps into the new role with a strong grounding as a long-time volunteer and campaigner for the Young Women’s Project.
The program’s previous director, Siri May, says she is more than excited to see Woods come on in a full-time capacity.
This recognises that the Young Women’s Project is, in itself, a full-time workload, she said.
I’m very excited to see Michelle come in. She’s been involved with the project for a long time and she’s been one of our most active volunteers who has contributed hours and hours of her own time. Besides that though, she has a lot of energy and new ideas to bring to the role.
Woods said that, while she is already looking into ways she can further extend the project, at this early stage it is about keeping things running like normal.
The Ins and Outs group is so important for young same-sex attracted women. It provides much needed support in a lot of areas where young women might be struggling, she said.
We offer six-week courses that cover everything from sexual health education to helping them through the process of coming out.