Aboriginal woman taking the lead in supporting fellow widow and widowers around the world

Taking support for widows and widowers online. Academic and broadcaster Davina Woods leads international peer support group.

Aboriginal woman taking the lead in supporting fellow widow and widowers around the world

Posted by: Charles Pakana
Posted: 17 September 2020
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Overview

Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, many people who may have previously never had an interest in social media have turned to one or more of the many platforms to beat isolation and remain in contact with friends and family.

For Guugu Yalanji and Kuku Djungan woman, Davina Woods, no stranger to social media in the first place, it has provided the platform to take a lead in an online international support group for widows aged 50 and above. She spoke to Connection Matters Radio on 17 September about her volunteer work in this area.

Using a video style social media system – Stitch.net – Davina, who has been widowed since 2014, became involved as a leader when the group’s founder became inundated with other work.

“The man, Andrew Dowling, who started this all off from his base in Sydney, just wanted to start something up for people over 50 who are experiencing loneliness,” Davina told CMR.

“And he put out a call for all of the people who’d signed up as widows and widowers and said, “Look, guys, there’s so many of you because it’s international that I’m not going to be able to run enough sessions for you all. Can anyone else help out?” So that’s when I put my hand up.”

 

For more information

To access the Stitch online support group for widows and widowers:

  • Join www.stitch.net
  • Search for “Widows and Widowers”

 

Click here to view/download the full interview transcript

Click on the play button below to listen to the full interview with Davina Woods

 

      CMR - 033 - Davina Woods

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