Aboriginal people succeeding through ability, opportunity and reward for effort
Wunan News News & Updates from the field
Sep 27 2012
Indigenous Money Mentor – Cherie McAdam Cherie McAdam is an Indigenous Money Mentor working with Wunan in Kununurra. The success Cherie is achieving is testament not only to her commitment to helping Aboriginal people but to the unique understanding she has of the Aboriginal community. Wunan believes that creative and innovative solutions are necessary to assist Aboriginal advancement and Cherie is proving the point.  Please read her story:-   Read More.
Sep 27 2012
  Drivers Licence Facilitator – Andris Strautins Meagan Brown (pictured above) is one of the young people Andris Strautins has helped get her Learners. Andris works with Wunan Employment Services as a Drivers Licence Facilitator – another unusual job description. Being unable to drive is a significant impediment to obtaining employment in the East Kimberley where many of the opportunities are in the mining or agricultural sectors. However many Aboriginal people have difficulty obtaining a licence due to missing paperwork such as birth certificates or previous involvement with the authorities. Andris works with the various government agencies to produce the necessary documentation, resolve outstanding issues and remove obstacles to enable a drivers licence to be issued.   Read More.
Sep 27 2012
Kimberley Business Support (KBS) is Wunan’s new enterprise through which we hope to assist other Aboriginal organisations develop. Many such organisations are small, and while delivering effective services, have limited internal capacity to handle administrative requirements such as accounting and payroll, and insufficient know-how to develop grant applications. Wunan has built a solid infrastructure of skilled people which can be leveraged across other businesses to allow them to do what they are good at and take away the worry and complexity of the “back office”. In doing so we aim to help them build their own capabilities and most importantly, sustainability.   Read More.
Sep 27 2012
Wunan receives significant support for its mission through Jawun Indigenous Corporate Partnerships, an organisation that connects the corporate sector with Indigenous communities. Jawun seeks to build the capacity of Aboriginal organisations that encourage self-responsibility and promote entrepreneurial activity. Support consists of skills transfer and professional assistance from secondees, each of whom spends several weeks working with an organisation on a dedicated project. In 2012, Wunan has so far hosted 16 secondees, who have among other projects worked with us to: further develop Living Change; bid to become the sole regional employment services provider; implement new media and philanthropy strategies; start our new business support venture; and refine and expand our transitional housing model.   Read More.
Topic: Employment
Sep 27 2012
Employment and Education are two of Wunan’s five strategic priority areas. In each area, government is tendering a new initiative that will impact the East Kimberley Aboriginal community. Wunan is pursuing both tenders with the aim of delivering improved services to those seeking better outcomes for themselves and their families. 1. In remote areas, the Remote Jobs and Communities Program (RJCP) will replace a number of existing employment-related      initiatives. A key aspect of the new model is that  there will be only one provider of federally-funded employment services per region.  This consolidation greatly simplifies things for the job seeker and will enable the provider to work closely with each community in the region to ensure job and participation outcomes support community objectives. Wunan currently holds a Job Services Australia (JSA) contract for the East Kimberley; JSA is one of the programs that will be rolled up into RJCP. Our recent JSA results have been […]   Read More.
Sep 18 2012
On Monday 17 September there was an article on Wunan’s Dural House (Sydney NSW).  Congratulations Jamie, Tracy and kids. Boarding gives kids view outside the box EACH weekday morning in a sprawling house on Sydney’s leafy outskirts, a group of Aboriginal children emerge from their bedrooms at the crack of dawn, already smartly dressed in their school uniforms.   Read More.
Topic: Education