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Newsletter June 2018
Catch up with the latest news and our recent activities

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Quietly getting on with the job

Much of our recent work with Touching Base has been quietly going on in the background. We have been busy writing several grant applications and we are also close to going live with the CIVICRM software we have been installing to better manage membership matters, targeted communications and other administrative functions.

QUEEN’S BIRTHDAY AWARDS for sex worker activists

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Touching Base couldn’t be more thrilled with the new recent news that Catherine Healy, the longstanding National Coordinator of the New Zealand Prostitutes Collective, was made a dame in New Zealand as a part of their Queen’s Birthday Honours list. Here is a link to the statement put out by The Global Network of Sex Work Projects (NSWP)
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Our delight has been doubled by the news that Julie Bates, a longstanding member of Touching Base, also made this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours list as an Officer of the Order of Australia.  Here is a link to the statement put out by The Global Network of Sex Work Projects (NSWP) for Julie's award 
What a remarkable week for the two jurisdictions where sex work has been decriminalised. Not that either system is perfect. Both New Zealand & New South Wales models of decriminalisation have flaws yet to be remedied, but nevertheless it is fantastic that the work of these two amazing women is being recognised at such high levels.
Grant Writing
We have also been applying for various NDIS and other grants to fund projects such as the 2nd edition of our Policy and Procedure guide for disability service providers, and to employ a part-time database manager and part-time referral list officer to expand our capacity to provide referrals for people with disability and their support staff et cetera.
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Service Provider Awareness Training SPAT

Since the introduction of the NDIS we have noted a significant decrease in the number of participants at our training workshops for disability service providers. There has certainly been a change across the sector with demand for training not directly related to the NDIS being affected. We have even heard that one large disability service organisations has stopped sending staff to external training courses. Low registration rates have meant that we’ve had to cancel our last two Service Provider Awareness Training workshops.

We still have two Service Provide Awareness Training workshops planned in different locations in NSW in 2018.
  PENRITH Apply now

   Applications close

   13 September 2018

  Port Macquarie Apply now

   Applications close

   18 October 2018

Follow this link to our website for more information and a link to the registration form.
If you would like a Touching Base presentation at your workplace we are happy to provide a quote. Send us an email to

Professional Disability Awareness Training PDAT

However demand for our Professional Disability Awareness Training workshop for sex workers is stronger than ever. Rachel Wotton’s recent overseas trip funded by her Churchill Foundation award means that Touching Base is in a great position to further develop training for sex workers. We look forward to that being a one of our key areas to focus on in the near and medium-term.

Sex workers wanting to get advanced notice of the next workshops in other locations, or who want to go on our waiting list, please email us via


FundAbility is brought to you by Northcott and funded by the NSW Department of Family and Community Services

This month we’re excited to announce we have been awarded a grant by FundAbility Northcott for a project to develop a new communication book to facilitate conversations about accessing a sex worker for people who use augmentative and adaptive communication systems.

We look forward to adding to the targeted resources we have developed for adults with disability wanting to see a sex worker. This project will hopefully lead to another funded project to turn the hardcopy communication book into a digital app which could be made available on our website to anybody for a small fee. This will help us to create a more sustainable future for Touching Base as we provide a low-cost option for people with disability, organisations and sex workers around the world who could make good use of this new resource.

We hope you’ll be able to join with us to celebrate when we launch the new communication book. We will be giving people plenty of notice once the launch details are confirmed.



Touching Base had a great time at the latest Feel The Vibe forum and expo recently hosted by Northcott at the RSL in Burwood. Here’s a picture of Julie Bates AO and Rachel Wotton hugging Frankee (the elephant in the room bringing attention to STIs). This is part of the Family Planning NSW national Frank campaign for young people. For more info

It is always such a pleasure to meet up with people attending Feel The Vibe events, with lots of time to break down barriers by answering people’s curious questions.
Julie Bates AO and Rachel Wotton hugging a large red inflatable elephant.

END OF FINANCIAL YEAR – a time to give

As the end of the financial year approaches we’ve already received some generous gifts from people who would like to donate to Touching Base in time to add to their tax deductions this year. Whether you would like to donate by cash, cheque, credit card or electronic funds transfer, check out your options on our website:

Many thanks to our supporters who have set up monthly credit card donations via our GiveNow donation portal. These types of regular donations are a brilliant way our supporters can contribute to Touching Base
By the same token we are enormously appreciative of those members who participate in workplace giving programs by having a small donation for Touching Base automatically deducted from their wages each payday. If you need more details to set up workplace giving donations please contact us via

NSW Charitable Fundraising Authority CFN/21478

Remember all donations over $2.00 are tax deductible and because we are unfunded every gift makes a difference. You can donate via our website or click on the GiveNow logo below to directly access our secure online donation portal right now.

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Contact Touching Base

General Enquiries:                   
Phone: 0424 591 409

Postal Address:                         
PO Box 523, Newtown, NSW 2042
Referral List:
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ABN: 182 1399 7639

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