The Liyan-ngan Nyirrwa Centre
The new function centre has been busy, hosting over 400 people in May for a range of events and conferences, including the 2019 Jawun emerging leaders program. Executives joined Amara Barnes (Wiradjuri), Arian Pearson, Renee Williams (Bindal/Juru/Wakka Wakka/Mer andErub Islands) and Travis Morgan (Yorta Yorta/Wemba Wemba) to see how enterprise and economic development is leading to empowerment. They will have a Cultural Immersion and presentations on the Yawuru social context, community development and mabu liyan before visiting communities to see emerging social enterprises.
The Mabu Mayi cafe has come to life with coffees made every morning by our trainee baristas who are adding a Yawuru touch to the coffee with their cacao walga walga. Mabu Mayi is also offering training to some of the Transition to Work participants and the positions of Chef and Barista are now filled and the café will officially be open to the public on July 1st.
Youth advocacy on the national stage
Bianca Graham, NBY’s Youth Engagement Officer, has been busy with national commitments after having been selected to join the Headspace “hY NRG” national youth reference group. After being recommended by Headspace in Broome, Bianca went through an interview process to be selected as the Western Australian representative and was nominated as the Indigenous representative as well. The group advocates for youth mental health and assists with co-design of Headspace programs.
hY NRG held its first meeting in Melbourne and Bianca met the other members of the group. “They’re all young but they’ve all got lived experience. Their opinions are fresh and they’re all very passionate” Bianca said. She is honoured to be part of the program and said “I can bring a unique perspective because the Kimberley is a region that‘s been touched by many difficult issues. It’s important because we’ve been asking to be heard, and now we have a seat a table and we can have a say”.
Bianca has also been to Brisbane with the Healing Foundation to attend the Youth Intergenerational Trauma Yarning Circle. The work followed up the 2017 report ‘Our Healing Our Way’ report with a full day of working on co-designed resources for dealing with intergenerational trauma and tackling other underlying issues that prevent people from thriving and living their best life.
Work and Training
NBY’s Transition to Work (TTW) team is proud to see their young participants achieving their goals in a range of areas. A recent forum for TTW providers was held by the Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business. It was shown at the forum that the NBY team has blitzed its benchmarks and was highlighted as a stand out service that delivers real results for young Indigenous people, who comprise about 90% of its participants.
Meanwhile, the first group of participants have started the Warrmijala Murrgurlayi (Rise up to Work) Program. They are half way through a TAFE course ‘Gaining Access to Employment & Training’, and working on a project to demonstrate their employability skills. They have also been busy on country preparing the site at Gubunyanya for NBY’s Kullarri NAIDOC event in July.
Warrmijala Murrgurlayi is a Sustainable Employment program supported by Shell Australia to help young people to reach their employment goals and secure their future. The 10 week program focusses on identifying the individual’s skills and strengths and is grounded in strong support and aims long term positive outcomes.
Warrmijala Murrgurlayi participants and staff.
The Yawuru Housing Community Reference Group (YHCRG) started in 2013 as a way for Yawuru community members who are passionate about housing to get involved, share ideas and contribute a community perspective. Recently we called for new members for the 2019/2020 year and we’re excited to have three new YHCRG members to join our three dedicated YHCRG members from last year. We are always open to welcoming more members and if you or a Yawuru family member or friend is interested, they can come in for a chat with the Housing Team or to pick up an Application Form. Alternatively they can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Yawuru Housing Community Reference Group
Yawuru Housing has vacancies in our Jirril Mingaran Housing Program for Yawuru families who are eligible for a 3 Bedroom property and are committed to developing a positive family environment, finding or continuing secure employment and connecting with and giving back to the Yawuru Community
If you or a family member are without a home or waiting for their Department of Housing property and living in the Broome Shire, please ask them to contact the Housing Team on 9192 9600, or at email@example.com