Wunan News News & Updates from the field
Jul 15 2014
Debbie Cain is a Queenslander currently employed to do a program for Wunan in Partnership with EKJP and Kununurra High School. The program is to help build the participants understanding and knowledge of the school to improve school attendance and attainment with the students, build the confidence and skills of the participants to engage in employment and further training after the completion of the 16 week program. Each participant have either a child or grand child in the school and also want to just volunteer their service to help maintain a great education for the Aboriginal students. Debbie’s role is to facilitate this program and she’s enjoying every minute of it. “I have met a great bunch of women between the ages of 19 to 56 who have managed to break down a lot of barriers to do this program.” At the end of the program each will be given […] Read More.
Jul 15 2014
Meet Andris, our driver licencing facilitator in our Driver Licence Program. Andris assists people navigate towards a driver’s licence by providing assistance with the required steps it takes to gain their licence. Steering the program through its pilot year, Andris is very proud of what he has achieved and finds his role extremely rewarding. “I don’t have days where I wake up and ire the thought of going to work- I enjoy it and look forward to what the day might bring.” Helping people in the world of transport has been a passion of Andris’ for a long time, once working with Curtin University as an automotive lecturer delivering the Rebuilding Automobiles Challenge for Esperance Youth (RACEY) program where he was nominated for a Premier’s Award. He’s particularly passionate about working with Indigenous people and understands the challenge many face in trying to gain their licence but also knows how […] Read More.
Jul 15 2014
Living Change has recently been awarded $353,000 from the Commonwealth Department Prime Minister of Cabinet. This funding enables Wunan to continue to scope and develop Living Change, welfare reform model, in Halls Creek. The intent is to move the development of Living Change from a theoretical base and community consultation to implementation of a number of practical activities that reinforce the five social norms: Children attend school Young and vulnerable people are taken care of Capable people participate in work or training People take personal responsibility (uphold laws of the land) People take care of their homes and pay rent The funding will be utilised to commence a small targeted Living Change Family Support program, community and services survey and public awareness campaign. Read More.
Topic: Living Change
Jul 15 2014
An East Kimberley Leadership Workshop, theme: ‘Be the Change you want to see’ – was held in Kununurra on the 9 May 2014. This workshop was facilitated by Dr Renu Burr and attended by 20 Indigenous women from across the East Kimberley: those with a strong desire for change and a willingness to be at the forefront of the process. Wunan sees the development of leaders as imperative to the realisation of bigger visions for Aboriginal people within the East Kimberley. The session provided an opportunity to begin a journey by discussing some of the key issues which hamper our progression. The health of the family home/structure was a common thread impacting many of the individuals present. There was a great deal of passion and strength exhibited by those present – and there was a sense that the future success for Aboriginal people, was in the hands of Aboriginal people. […] Read More.
Jul 15 2014
Wunan sponsors Ord Valley Muster competition, Kimberley Kids in the Kitchen. Held on Sunday 18 May the competition saw budding master chefs and home chefs compete in an exciting cook off at the Ord Valley Muster’s Moon Fair. Judged by celebrated chefs Stephanie Alexandar and Don Hancey as well as our very own Mr Ian Trust, the competition hosted youngsters between the ages of 11 and 16 as they cooked off for the major prize of a $500 Cook’s Kit. The competition show cased the Kimberley’s unique produce and encourages healthy eating for the next generation. Read More.
Jul 14 2014
Wunan hosts the Governor-General, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove. The Governor General toured the Kimberley in June and visited Wunan Tuesday 24 June to learn about our organisation, in particular the multi award winning Transitional Housing Program. Opening with Mr Ian Trust’s River Diagram followed by a briefing from Transitional Housing Manager, Michele Brett and Money Mentor, Cherie McAdam, feedback from the Governor General was positive and encouraging. His Excellency commended the efforts of Wunan and he felt the work being done was “empowering”, “uplifting” and “motivating”. The visit ended with an introduction to Transitional Housing tenants Jeremy and Lizette Manning who told of their journey toward home ownership and the positive impact the Program is having on their lives. Read More.