WCC’s community outreach is another important area of WCC work. Since we started, committed volunteers and staff have been going into the community to give awareness talks targeting women. In the past, outreach programmes were commonly conducted in community centres, residential areas, and estates to educate the public – especially women – on their rights, and to assist them in their needs.
In the late 90s, WCC outreach work expanded to reach out to children and youth, mainly focusing on personal safety and sexuality. With our valuable experience of working with women, children, and youth, we successfully created three main sections in our outreach work: child sexual abuse programmes for primary schools, RESPEK programme for youth, and outreach talks to the public.
WCC’s community outreach programmes are aimed at a diverse group of people. We target the public through our community talks and public exhibitions. Every year, we are invited by various NGOs and government departments to conduct workshops and talks. Beside that, our target audiences are also primary and secondary school students, and youth from colleges and universities. Every year, we successfully reached an average of a thousand students through our personal safety and youth programmes. WCC interactive programmes have helped to educate children and young people about their rights and encourage them to treat each other with respect. The students continue to give us positive feedback and input which have helped us create friendly programmes for our target audiences. A number of the young people who took part in our programmes have joined WCC as active volunteers.