Aboriginal people succeeding through ability, opportunity and reward for effort
Wunan News News & Updates from the field
Nov 16 2012
Early learning topic of courseCALLY DUPE, The Kimberley Echo October 1 2012, CALLY DUPE © Early learning topic of course Mothers discovered the importance of early childhood learning during a three-day workshop held at the Waringarri Chill Out Space at the beginning of September. A group of 10 women took part in the course, which included sessions on early children’s reading and writing as well as understanding the early-schooling structure. Held at Kununurra as part of a regional circuit, the Kununurra workshops were co-ordinated by Perth-based group Indigenous Parenting Factor, Wunan and Save the Children. Women who completed the course can now present the workshop to other parents in the community and they have gained credits towards certificate III in education support. IPF worker Jenni Curtis hoped the course would give back to the community. “We want the women who have done the workshop to tell their community to take responsibility for the child’s […]   Read More
Topic: Education
Nov 15 2012
Financial matters are brought back to earthBy now you have hopefully seen the article on Cherie (Indigenous Money Mentor) in the Kimberley Echo, however you may not have seen the article recently printed in The West, the local paper of our neighbours on 12 November 2012. See below to find out what they are saying in the West about Cherie and her new book ‘Moneybird’:- Financial matters are brought back to earth ALICIA BRIDGES Alicia Bridges © Financial matters are brought back to earth   Read More
Nov 15 2012
Warren Mundine is correct in saying that the business community has a positive role to play in addressing Indigenous disadvantage (“Indigenous need hard-headed approach”, The Australian Financial Review, 14 November 2012). Communities and government do not have all the answers, and companies have important expertise to share. Around Australia, Indigenous organisations are already accessing that expertise through Jawun Indigenous Corporate Partnerships. Over the past decade, Indigenous organisations in Arnhem Land, Cape York, the Central Coast, Goulburn-Murray, the Kimberley and inner Sydney have benefitted from the time and skills of corporate professionals. Those professionals have come from companies such as Westpac, BCG, KPMG, Wesfarmers, Leightons, nab and Herbert Smith Freehills, and more recently, from the Australian Public Service. That support has built the capacity of Indigenous organisations to drive real change in the communities in which they operate. The partnerships have also opened the eyes of many corporate executives to the […]   Read More
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