Aboriginal people succeeding through ability, opportunity and reward for effort
Wunan News News & Updates from the field
May 10 2019
Wunan was successful in securing a grant through the Building Better Regions Funding to produce a Five-Year Strategic Plan on increasing Indigenous Female Leadership in the East Kimberley. A two-day camp was held recently at Lake Argyle to discuss the barriers and deterrents resulting in women not occupying leadership roles in their community more frequently. Roles such as CEO positions, Board positions and business owner aspirations could potentially offer great benefits to the East Kimberley region if current barriers are addressed and women given the appropriate support required to see positive changes happen within Indigenous communities, through the empowerment and acknowledgement of the value of women’s perspective and experiences and their ability to influence positive change. Wunan engaged Natasha Short of Kimberley (Birds) Jiyigas to lead the project which was supported by six East Kimberley Indigenous women attending the camp to offer their valuable personal insights and thoughts on how […]   Read More.
Apr 25 2019
Quiet Achiever ~ Wunan Driver Trainer Douglas Winton. Doug is Wunan’s Driver Trainer and has had some great results in the first four months of 2019. Since January this year, he has been very successful in assisting a number of Aboriginal people to address a number of barriers stopping them from gaining their licences, the barriers range from lack of access to paperwork such as appropriate identification and outstanding fines which may be preventing the application for a Driver’s Licence. Doug provides all of his clients with support for each step of the application process, he demonstrates great empathy and understanding and supports people through each step, from the basics, which includes helping them get online to practice for their theory tests, as well as teaching road rules such as appropriate restraints for children in the vehicles through to the practical side of driving, and anything else they need to […]   Read More.
Apr 16 2019
In February 2019 Lyndon Brandy and Shulyn Hunter from the Wunan Jobs and Skills Centre team in Broome successfully supported 13 candidates as they began their journey to become the newest Coles employees.  Lyndon and Shulyn successfully recruited an initial intake of 33 candidates who were participated in a screening assessment process, these candidates were provided with employment and interview readiness support where needed. From the initial 33 candidates, 23 candidates successfully secured a preliminary interview and from these 23 people, 17 people were shortlisted for interviews in store with the Coles Broome Store Manager. Following the final in-store interviews, 13 candidates were offered employment at Coles Broome. The 13 successful candidates then completed an online induction process and various online training modules. Following completion of the in-store and online induction, the new employees were allocated rosters and are now members of the Coles Broome Team. In March, Sienna Howard, […]   Read More.
Feb 28 2019
  iBase has officially opened its very first branch in Broome at 340 Dampier Terrace.  Currently, Danielle Dowell works from this office supporting clients predominately in the West Kimberley region. iBase is keen to extend their successful support model to anyone who could benefit from iBase’s range of services in the West Kimberley, Danielle can be reached via email on financemob@ibase.org.au.   Read More.
Feb 28 2019
What a great start to the 2019 School year, it has been great to see the way our Students have settled into their respective Houses and Schools. A big thank you to all our families for your support in getting students prepared and ready on time, for their organised travel arrangements. A special mention to all the Chaperones that travelled with their family members, it makes the transition for students leaving their communities for the first time, a little easier knowing that they have that support. A big shout out to our Houseparents who have been magnificent in the care, direction and guidance they give to our students Can I please ask families for their support in keeping good lines of communication with our Houseparents, any information from the community that may affect your family member, is a great help for houseparents in making sure that students are supported. David […]   Read More.
Feb 28 2019
Wunan’s Financial Wellbeing and Housing Hub has secured new funding from the Department of Social Services that now enables us to provide Emergency Relief assistance free of charge to assist eligible clients in immediate need of support. People in financial crisis, unable to pay their bills or at imminent risk of not being able to meet their financial obligations are able to receive Emergency relief support. Considerable staff time has been invested in putting together the comprehensive, winning bid, and developing guidelines around the program so that it works as a capacity building initiative rather than a form of passive welfare.  The new service is inter-connected with existing Wunan services which focus on building self-reliance and helping people pay their bills and reduce the risk of returning to financial crisis situations in future. Financial or material aid may take the form of vouchers for food and clothing, but also extends […]   Read More.