About

A little over a year ago we ran one course for one group. I hoped that we could share some of the benefits of self-protection training with a small group of women overcoming violent and traumatic experiences. The response was overwhelmingly positive. The women wanted to continue, and they wanted to invite others too. So I thought, why not? And the vision for I Matter Foundation was formed.
Belinda Cowie
CEO/Founder

Our classes are relaxed, gentle and welcoming. The teaching is adapted to suit each individual student’s needs, abilities and comfort level. Participants are able to work at their own pace and enjoy the company of a group of people with similar experiences.

“I love the laughter and the confidence I have gained from the classes.”

From an I Matter Foundation participant

I Matter Foundation is equipped with strong leadership, project development, not for profit and industry skills as well as strategic connections within the community. We have partnered with philanthropic bodies, businesses, government, schools and community service organisations to reach diverse groups in our community.

After building a robust structural foundation, cultivating community partnerships and trialling research based, trauma-sensitive pilot programs, we engaged an independent research firm to conduct qualitative research. This research, combined with stakeholder consultation, has informed the development of our program theory. We are uniquely placed to initiate a new program model.

Partner with us

Are you passionate about what we do? Do you have skills or resources to share? We would love to talk to you. 

Would a self-protection program focused on courage, confidence and connection be valuable for your clients? Let’s chat about how we can tailor a specific program for your organisation.