Thirteen ladies from the Bingara, Barraba and Narrabri area participated in a 2 day SOFT (Shaping Our Futures Together) course, held in Bingara last week.
The course which was hosted by the Double B Beef group, had a number of features which included goal setting, the importance of self-esteem and the benefits of visualisation and journaling. Participants were encouraged to move out of their "comfort zone" in a number of different ways while thinking about their values and strengths.
Sonia Muir from the Rural Women’s Network, which is part of the Department of Primary Industries, delivered the course. Sonia, who is based in Orange, encourages women who live in rural and regional areas to participate in the SOFT course. A minimum of twelve women is required and the course will be run at least until the end of 2008 for anyone who wishes to organise another one.
This is the third event specifically aimed at women which Double B Beef has organised this year. There may be another opportunity to participate in a different kind of workshop later in the year. Meanwhile the committee is working on a number of different events including co-ordinating a selenium trial in the area’s cattle herds, staging as Low Stress Stock Handling school and the on-going heifer selection days.