Grant Stories

Coverdale Courtwork Society

Coverdale Courtwork Society supports women in Nova Scotia who are in transition from the criminal justice system.

Quick Facts

Country: Canada

Grant Program: World Day of Prayer

Year of Grant: 2017-2018

Grant Amount: $1,200

Within the safety and confidentiality of a group, participants developed trust and practised healthy relationships and self-advocacy skills to take greater control over their own lives.

Self-advocacy skills were the focus of this two-session workshop.  It also provided information about services and resources that support a safe and healthy environment. The workshop was delivered three times over the year and an average of six women participated in each session. Coverdale also provided one-on-one sessions for women who were unable to attend the scheduled workshops.

The workshops taught women about speaking up for themselves, making their own decisions, locating information, deciding who will support them on their journey, knowing their rights and responsibilities, problem-solving, listening, and reaching out to others.

Program evaluations showed that the participants felt an increased sense of ownership over their lives and had increased confidence in their ability to learn and problem solve.

Quotes from evaluations:

“It made me feel like I could make better choices.”

“I think I can be in charge of my life.”

“I feel like a stronger person.”