Dear Larissa, thank you for all you do to help the women in our community, you make a difference. Please keep up the great work and if there is ever anything I can do to help you please let me know.
I am writing this letter in regards to the STAAR Program run by Larissa. I am relatively new to the group myself, but it has become a large part of my life in a short time.
The STAAR Program is wonderful, and has been a HUGE thing for me. It not only gets me out and active, and testing/pushing myself, but I have made some amazing friends and it has increased my confidence greatly. Larissa is an amazing and strong woman and such a positive support and influence. Becoming a part of the STAAR group was one of the best decisions I have made. It has helped me to regain a positive outlook on my future, and gain some control back in my life too.
I see myself being a part of the STAAR program for a long time to come and look forward to what the future holds for this group. I can see it becoming an amazing thing for many more women who have been through, or going through, Domestic Violence in the future too.
STAAR offers so much support for women that you just cannot find anywhere else and is greatly needed within the community as Domestic Violence is everywhere and this program gives women strength to find themselves and their voices again, and improve their lives, not only for themselves but their children too.
I started to attend the STAAR program around May 2013. In my time there I have met a lot of encouraging, inspiring women. Coming out of Domestic Violence, I felt ashamed and isolated. I felt embarrassed to tell people that I was a single mum, afraid they would ask why.
Being put in a group with women who have been through similar situations showed me that I was not alone, nor was I to blame, which, for a long time, I believed I was. The hard physical workout is a great way to sweat out all the frustration. It empowers me. I feel stronger physically and emotionally.
My son really enjoyed our mums vs kids soccer game. He talked about it for weeks and looked forward to ‘kicking my butt’ again. It was great bonding with my boy that way.
I look forward to returning to the STAAR program. I see the program to be beneficial not only to the women who attend, but to the whole community. It would be fantastic to see the program grow throughout Australia. Domestic Violence is common but support for rebuilding courage, self worth and strength is rare.