Telling Our Stories

Pictures and words from the Telling Our Stories publication (2001) written/edited by Veronika Petroff and Lynda Forrest
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"I was wanting to re-enter the workforce but on a safe basis and a comfortable basis and in a supportive environment so I sent in an application. I found the whole training schedule and the people involved totally supportive and it was the best thing I could have chosen to do." Vicki, Volunteer

"I was wanting to re-enter the workforce but on a safe basis and a comfortable basis and in a supportive environment so I sent in an application. I found the whole training schedule and the people involved totally supportive and it was the best thing I could have chosen to do." Vicki, Volunteer

"It was easy bto keep informed because we participated in the communities; we went to a lot of group gatherings." Rene, Staff member

"It was easy bto keep informed because we participated in the communities; we went to a lot of group gatherings." Rene, Staff member

"It seemed important that we participate in the International Women's Day march and this provided the initial inspiration for the production of a volunteer's banner. The march and picnic seemed a fine opportunity to advertise WIS and... for other women to become involved as volunteers." Joanne, Volunteer

"It seemed important that we participate in the International Women's Day march and this provided the initial inspiration for the production of a volunteer's banner. The march and picnic seemed a fine opportunity to advertise WIS and... for other women to become involved as volunteers." Joanne, Volunteer

"We could work much closer with shelter workers and workers in other women's services... We need to be united and promote women's welfare." Luisa, WIS staff member

"We could work much closer with shelter workers and workers in other women's services... We need to be united and promote women's welfare." Luisa, WIS staff member

"I really enjoy working at the Women's Information Service. I think it is a very positive thing to do. I am probably the oldest volunteer and so I really enjoy the company of the younger people and the people of varying ages who here." Pat, Volunteer

"I really enjoy working at the Women's Information Service. I think it is a very positive thing to do. I am probably the oldest volunteer and so I really enjoy the company of the younger people and the people of varying ages who here." Pat, Volunteer

"...For me volunteering at WIS was such a contrast fromt he male dominated environment I was working in... I found the volunteering opportunities and experiences, moving into a feminist environment and ethos, was a huge turning point in my life." Kate, Volunteer, Staff member

"...For me volunteering at WIS was such a contrast fromt he male dominated environment I was working in... I found the volunteering opportunities and experiences, moving into a feminist environment and ethos, was a huge turning point in my life." Kate, Volunteer, Staff member

[Working at the Switchboard]"... gave me more confidence because I'd been relatively closed off before that and was [now] working with a group of very different women that I wouldn't have met normally throughout my life... so it just expanded my whole awareness." Elizabth, Volunteer

[Working at the Switchboard]"... gave me more confidence because I'd been relatively closed off before that and was [now] working with a group of very different women that I wouldn't have met normally throughout my life... so it just expanded my whole awareness." Elizabth, Volunteer

"... we must be confident that WIS is providing women with timely and relevant information... which will ensure that South Australia remains at the forefront of information service provision for women." Diana Laidlaw, Minister for the Status of Women in South Australia from 1993-2002

"... we must be confident that WIS is providing women with timely and relevant information... which will ensure that South Australia remains at the forefront of information service provision for women." Diana Laidlaw, Minister for the Status of Women in South Australia from 1993-2002

"Switchboard was in Kintore Avenue when it first started. It was a great atmosphere... It was a place for women to go to and women would listen to them." Molly, Volunteer

"Switchboard was in Kintore Avenue when it first started. It was a great atmosphere... It was a place for women to go to and women would listen to them." Molly, Volunteer

[Volunteering helped me]"... make the transition from involvement in lots of feminist groups in an activist role to a service provider role... The number of women you come into contact with is great and the insight into women's lives is really invaluable." Liana, Volunteer

[Volunteering helped me]"... make the transition from involvement in lots of feminist groups in an activist role to a service provider role... The number of women you come into contact with is great and the insight into women's lives is really invaluable." Liana, Volunteer


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"We could work much closer with shelter workers and workers in other women's services... We need to be united and promote women's welfare." Luisa, WIS staff member

"We could work much closer with shelter workers and workers in other women's services... We need to be united and promote women's welfare." Luisa, WIS staff member

"My contribution was to identify information... women were short of... The Switchboard continues to be fantastic it really does. It continues to be a place where women feel safe, that is their own territory... You can walk in the door and you can know that you're not going to be judged or dismissed or seen as less important than other clients because of your gender." Deb Mc Cullough, first Women's Advisor to the South Australian Premier.

"My contribution was to identify information... women were short of... The Switchboard continues to be fantastic it really does. It continues to be a place where women feel safe, that is their own territory... You can walk in the door and you can know that you're not going to be judged or dismissed or seen as less important than other clients because of your gender." Deb Mc Cullough, first Women's Advisor to the South Australian Premier.

"When I first started there, there was hardly any Aboriginal women ringing up. But when they knew there was an Aboriginal person in there, they made contact pretty quickly... It raised my awareness of a lot of issues and broadened my thinking and I've carried it through to the way I've brought up my own daughters." Janine, Volunteer

"When I first started there, there was hardly any Aboriginal women ringing up. But when they knew there was an Aboriginal person in there, they made contact pretty quickly... It raised my awareness of a lot of issues and broadened my thinking and I've carried it through to the way I've brought up my own daughters." Janine, Volunteer

"...I think perhaps you will have to carry me out of this place." Luisa, Staff Member

"...I think perhaps you will have to carry me out of this place." Luisa, Staff Member

"There were often clashes of ideology which made it very interesting and we learnt heaps from each other." Liz, Volunteer, Staff Member

"There were often clashes of ideology which made it very interesting and we learnt heaps from each other." Liz, Volunteer, Staff Member

"I think the partnership approach that we began the Switchboard with, between the paid and unpaid workers, ... was what created the richness and diversity of the place... It made a huge difference to the kind of information we gave out and the way we gave it out... It [meant] the client group was also part of the staff group so there was always a sense of interaction and feedback..." Andi Sebastian, founding WIS Coordinator

"I think the partnership approach that we began the Switchboard with, between the paid and unpaid workers, ... was what created the richness and diversity of the place... It made a huge difference to the kind of information we gave out and the way we gave it out... It [meant] the client group was also part of the staff group so there was always a sense of interaction and feedback..." Andi Sebastian, founding WIS Coordinator

"Andi had the vision and the concept of the Switchboard, Maureen had the concept of delivering information. It was because of these two's commitment that we have the Switchboard." Deb McCullough (Picture dated 8 July 1988, WIS 10th Birthday Deborah McCulloch, Maureen Fallon, Andi Sebastian)

"Andi had the vision and the concept of the Switchboard, Maureen had the concept of delivering information. It was because of these two's commitment that we have the Switchboard." Deb McCullough (Picture dated 8 July 1988, WIS 10th Birthday Deborah McCulloch, Maureen Fallon, Andi Sebastian)

"The Switchboard contributed so strongly to women in South Australia because they were getting power by having information passed on to them." Heather, Volunteer

"The Switchboard contributed so strongly to women in South Australia because they were getting power by having information passed on to them." Heather, Volunteer

"I look upon that time of my life as the best time. I really enjoyed it... I would never have assumed that they would have wanted me. I was sixty two." Merle, Volunteer

"I look upon that time of my life as the best time. I really enjoyed it... I would never have assumed that they would have wanted me. I was sixty two." Merle, Volunteer

"I suddenly felt comfortable working alongside two other volunteers with a lot of experience and the tremendous support that was offered by the staff." Marie, Volunteer

"I suddenly felt comfortable working alongside two other volunteers with a lot of experience and the tremendous support that was offered by the staff." Marie, Volunteer

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