Blossom Trust acted as the Virudhunagar District Resource Centre for the Tamil Nadu Voluntary Health Association (TNVHA), an association of health promoting voluntary organisations working in Tamil Nadu. Blossom coordinated the District Facilitation Centres (DFCs) and facilitated the District Coordination Committee (DCC). In 2013 there were 11 NGO members in Virudhunagar district who attend the AGBM (Annual General Board Meeting) held at Tuticorin.
The District Resource Centre provided a platform for members to come together once a month where they shared experiences. It was also a place where issues were identified and resources were pooled for campaign lobbying and policy advocacy and training was provided to build the capacity of the members.
Family Counselling Centre
Specialist Blossom counsellors offered psychological, legal, economic, medical and educational support to women and children in need, primarily those who have been victims of domestic violence and family disputes. The project also raised awareness about the role of women in society and their rights. FCC is a member of the District Advisory Committee for crime against woman and for the prevention of domestic violence. It is also a member of the District Advisory Committee for the prevention of child abuses, child trafficking and child prostitution. The FCC project was funded by the Central Welfare Board in New Delhi.
WHAT THE FAMILY COUNSELLING CENTRES DID
Provided pre-marital and marital counselling
Conducted counselling awareness programmes for schools/college students
Conducted one day training on counselling skills and guidance on application for women police personnel
Career guidance at schools/colleges
Workshops on adolescent reproductive health
Twenty-eight awareness programmes were conducted to observe the World UN days in order to create awareness and effect behavioural change. For example on International Women’s Day we conducted a meeting where we created awareness about women’s rights and women’s empowerment.
WOMAN ADVISORY CENTRE
The Women Advisory Centre (WAC) worked with the Virudhunagar Collectorate to fight injustices against women and promote their legal rights. The WAC inquiry panel consisted of a solicitor, Inspector of Police, District Social Welfare Officer, Counseller and a Blossom FCC member.
COUNSELLORS AT ALL WOMEN POLICE STATION (AWPS)
Our counsellors attended the family related cases in the Virudhunagar AWPS every Monday. A male and female counsellor joined the Police Mobile counselling team every Monday evening. Having both a male and female counsellor helped with the family disputes.