In 2018, the ACT Council of Social Service received 9 nominations for the ‘Canberra & District Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Sector Worker of the Year Award’. ACTCOSS would like to thank all the organisations who have taken time to nominate a staff member for this award. The panel would also like to commend all the nominees for the outstanding work they do in the community sector.
The award was presented to the Dhunlung Yarra Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Unit within Relationships Australia Canberra & Region at the ACT NAIDOC Awards on Saturday 7 July 2018.
Founded in 2012, Dhunlung Yarra is a dedicated Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander therapeutic service staffed by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander professionals. It was the vision of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders to have ‘qualified counsellors, mediators and educators to heal our own’. Members of the team work across a range of programs to deliver a range of culturally appropriate services, including counselling, family dispute resolution and other relationship support services.
The unit has gone from strength to strength and have been able to successfully and safely navigate the line between working for a non-Aboriginal organisation delivering services within the mainstream programs, and being able to provide support and respond to community need as it arises.
There are many examples of projects and pieces of work that the team are working on at any given time to ensure that connections with their community and culture is maintained. The team are regularly working with RACR to partner with various other organisations to host culturally relevant events and training to build community capacity and personal development of ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander workers.
Find out more about the Dhunlung Yarra Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Unit:
- Visit the website: www.racr.relationships.org.au
- Come along to the next Cross-Sector Information Session: Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Focus at ACTCOSS, 10am-11am on Thursday 30 August 2018. The quarterly sessions are aimed at people working in community sector organisations and related sectors, to receive an overview of services provided by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations or programs in the ACT, with an opportunity to take questions. Light refreshments are provided.
Photo: Dhunlung Yarra receiving NAIDOC award. From left: Glynnis Church, Cheryl Renouf, Priscilla Kennedy, and Camilla Rowland (President, ACTCOSS). [Stanley 'Budda' Connors of Dhunlung Yarra not pictured].