Aboriginal people succeeding through ability, opportunity and reward for effort
Wunan News News & Updates from the field
Oct 10 2014
Building a bridge to employmentWunan Partnership Broker program and Broome Workforce Development Centre recently facilitated Youth & Business Workshops in Kununurra & Broome. This was an opportunity for both young people and business people to discuss, share ideas  and develop an understanding of the challenges both parties experience in the workplace. Topics included building resilience, self-confidence and communication skills. Young people learnt the personal skills required for gaining successful employment and business people walked away with a clearer picture of what they can do differently when engaging with young people. All attendees actively engaged in the discussions and the activities and many strong connections were forged between the young participants and business people. Wunan Workforce Development Centres will continue to facilitate similar workshops in schools and incorporate work experience and industry visits to keep strengthening the bridge to employment for Kimberley Kids.     Read More
Oct 7 2014
HippyThere are currently 14 families participating in The Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters (HIPPY). Ten families are based in Kununurra and four in Wyndham. Two of these families reside at Molly Springs. The families who are actively involved in teaching their children have given positive feed back on what their children are learning from the activities. The children have really enjoyed the activities and the parents have felt empowered as their  children’s first teacher. Parents have said they are more excited and comfortable with their children’s learning at school and have also found the learning has extended in their every day life and into the community as children learn about colours and shapes. The children look forward to doing the activities with their parents and spending quality time together and they are realizing that learning can be fun. As with all new programs it’s been a challenge introducing it to the community, but we praise those […]   Read More
Topic: Education
Oct 1 2014
Wunan_Darren_PerretMeet Darren Perrett, Career Advisor in the Wunan Workforce Development Centre at Broome. A qualified teacher, Darren’s been working in the Kimberley on and off for the past 12 years. He is passionate about making a difference in the lives of Aboriginal young people. Over his career the thing Darren is most proud of is starting a boarding school programme in Perth for Aboriginal students from Balgo, Mulan and Billiluna. He also feels  very proud of his involvement in the Luurnpa Catholic School and the Kutjungka Trade Training Centre in Balgo Hills. At present, Darren is working with a number of different agencies in Broome and the West Kimberley to be able to give young people and their parents all the information they need to make informed choices for their futures. One of the things he is very passionate about is the West Kimberley cattle station project in which Kimberley […]   Read More
Topic: Wunan
Oct 1 2014
Wunan_Maria_LovisonMaria Lovison is the new Manager of Ningkuwum-Ngamayuwu Halls Creek Children and Family Centre and has been settling into her new role over the past four months. She grew up on Beagle Bay near Broome, and comes with a wealth of experience in regards to Indigenous Affairs.   Read More
Topic: Wunan
Oct 1 2014
Wunan_Jawun_Executive_VisitIn June 2014, Jawun held its annual East Kimberley Executive Visit which included a mix of corporate and government partners, and Indigenous leader from Goulburn Murray, Paul Briggs OAM. We were also honoured to have Fred Chaney AO join us and provide his wealth of experience and insights to Aboriginal challenges. Wunan’s leadership team presented their programs and spoke of the challenges with government commitment with Living Change and social issues in the community (children at risk, employment, addictions, lack of school attendance) that they are addressing, and used the opportunity to discuss these issues with attendees Fred Chaney, Paul Briggs, and corporate delegates.  Paul Briggs also highlighted the common threads and challenges faced in Goulburn Murray region with employment and social norms that need to change and how Empowered Communities is allowing these challenges and learnings to be shared, successfully. All attendees were moved by Wunan’s commitment to community […]   Read More
Topic: Wunan
Oct 1 2014
Wunan_Regional_Children_Services_PlanThe Regional Children’s Services Plan is a project, funded by Royalties for Regions under the Regional Community Child Care Development Fund. It is an acknowledgement by Government of the challenges faced by organisations that provide education and care services for children in country areas including the impact of distance, isolation, limited funding and the reliance on community based management committees to manage these services. Over the past six months Wunan have undertaken critical analysis and extensive consultation identifying the specific regional trends for the sector across the Kimberley. Working closely with the Regions Children’s Services Wunan has supported the identification of five key strategic goals. These include: Develop a regional workforce strategy to address the shortage of staff across the Early Childhood Education and Care sector. Establish and support a regional governance group to drive strategies that address issues specifically impacting on the Early Education and Care Sector across the […]   Read More
Topic: Wunan