Strength Heroes runs art and play workshops across Perth, Western Australia, to develop the art of resilience. In these workshops we develop children’s strengths. These include confidence, fine motor skills, curiosity and creative minds. These skills equip children with the ability to deal with mistakes and face life’s challenges.
We work with families with primary aged children, schools, childcare providers, Out of School Hours Care programs, local councils and other organisations.
Are you looking for activities for high school students? We also run workshops and public speaking events for this age group. Click here for more.
Fiona Perrella, Resilience Educator and Founder
Fiona has worked in Education for more than 20 years. In 2022 Fiona was named a finalist in the Commissioner for Children and Young People Mental Health Educator category of the WA Mental Health Awards. Fiona’s career began in human resources sector but, after her own child struggled with anxiety, she turned her attention to developing resilience workshops and programs for children. Since Strength Heroes inception in 2012, Fiona has worked with over 6000 children and run more than 150 programs for organisations such as not for profits, community organisations and government.
The programs Fiona has developed focus on building capacity support better mental health outcomes. Through Strength Heroes, Fiona has facilitated and provided families and communities a framework for open dialogue about feelings, and mental health with continual positive feedback from teachers, parents and students.
OUR SPECIAL FRIEND
Bat, or Battie as she is affectionately known, plays a special role in our kids art classes. She is always there to pat or cuddle when those BIG emotions take over. Lots of kids who are a bit nervous at the start of the class, have loved to pat a bat. She also remind us to BAT when the big emotions take over. To calm down we need to Breathe, Admit and Think.
PLAY COORDINATOR & CREATOR
Jodie has 25 years’ experience teaching art in both the public and private sector, including adults and children with disabilities. Recently, she been working in Special Needs Education Support in primary education. She is passionate about assisting kids to build healthy attitudes towards life’s challenges through creative expression and by learning that just like each of us, our art is different, and that’s ok.
With degrees in Architecture and Science, Andrew has amassed a wealth of over 25 years experience in the building and technology industry. It has fuelled his interest in good design aesthetics and how things work. Having never owned a mobile phone he is also our master of mindfulness. As a parent, he is passionate about developing Boredom Busting children who have an “engaged mind.”