CARING FOR

OUR YOUTH

A part of every individual is their family. We look at the relationship with family in all of its aspects to understand the individual and to help the individual in those relationships. Our aim is to help the family to heal and to assist the individual in their recovery journey.

Current Programs

 

Withers Youth Project

The aims and objectives of this program are to provide young people and Withers community members with the opportunity to engage in programs and services relating to:

 

  • Health and Wellbeing – to ensure young people have the life skills and are prepared for adulthood and the responsibilities that may entail
  • Education, Training and Employment to ensure young people have opportunities to support themselves into the future
  • Leisure Activities – to ensure young people take part and be active within their community
  • Individual Safety – to ensure young people feel safe when engaging with their community and engaging with others online
  • Early Identification and Intervention – to ensure young people have access to a personal, intellectual, emotional and social support systems that provide services and programs as soon as identified and without delay
  • Increase Personal Networks – to ensure young people are engaged and connected with their community
 

SMART Recovery

SMART (Self Management and Recovery Training) Recovery is a peer lead group program assisting individuals with problematic/addictive behaviours, including drug and alcohol dependency, smoking, gambling food shopping, internet and more. Guided by trained peers and professionals, participants come to help themselves and each other using a variety of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and motivational tools and techniques.

 

Pathways to work

This program is aimed at empowering Aboriginal people who are affected by alcohol and other drugs, incarceration or other social issues to avoid relapse, improve family relationships, become more connected with community and identify pathways to work. Another outcome will be to empower business minded participants to consider setting up their own enterprise, or alternatively complete the ECU Uni Prep course for entry into a university degree program.

 

A Cert II in Leadership is offered with modules including:

  • Organise and complete daily work activities
  • Undertake self development
  • Promote a socially diverse environment
  • Develop leadership skills
  • contribute to a team project
  • Communicate effectively
  • Interpret aspects of local Australian Indigenous Culture
  • Carry out natural area restoration

 

Projects that will be undertaken in this course will be creating a cultural precinct project on the Marlak (bush) block at the Djidi Djidi Aboriginal Primary School and also introduction to Construction.

 

Ngalang Culture | Ngalang Boodja | Ngalang Koolanga

The Ngalang Culture (Our Culture) Ngalang Boodja (Our Land) Ngalang Koolangah (Our Children) project is aimed at reducing reoffending rates amongst indigenous youth, increase youth school attendance and create awareness of the negative affects of alcohol and drugs through youth engagement in a range of positive activities. Participants of the project will be encouraged to attend the Friday Fight Fun 4 Familes to engage in sporting activities, alcohol and other drug information sessions, and school holiday activities. They will also be provided with specialized education plans to suit their educational needs along with individual mentoring sessions.

 

Mental Health Resilience Workshop

2 full day workshops aimed at building the capacity of community members and service providers, being directly or indirectly affected by mental health issues.

Objectives of workshop are as follows:

  • Explore the mental health healing journey
  • Provide participants with an understanding of mental health resilience and how it can help them and others
  • Enhance participants understanding of how cultural factors can improve mental health
  • Develop participants understanding of how cultural factors can improve mental health
  • Develop participant’s skills in applying mental health strategies that build resilience
  • Expand participant’s range of interpersonal, verbal and communication strategies that can de-escalate the development of potential mental health crises

Increase participant’s awareness of the impact of alcohol and other drugs on mental health

 

LDAT Friday Night Fun 4 Families

Weekly sessions during school terms aimed at preventing young Aboriginal people becoming involved with alcohol and drugs and/ or preventing interactions with the juvenile justice systems. Participants are provided with peer support mentoring and cultural excursions aimed at strengthening AOD protective factors through encouraging healthy relationships, productive recreation, quality education and social support. This program targets youth aged between 12 and 18 years of age where participants engage with basketball games, table tennis and pool in a fun, encouraging and supervised environment. Dinner is provided on the night and supervised bus transport home is provided at the end of the night if required.

Occasional family outings are also conducted as are some cultural sessions, all aimed engaging family, community and elders.

 

Aims and objectives of the program are as follows:

 

  • Reduce boredom amongst Aboriginal youth and encourage recreational interests, through providing a safe environment, playing sporting and social activities.
  • Increase knowledge and understanding about the harms caused by alcohol and other drugs and how to improve communication within families.
  • Improve cultural knowledge and pride.
  • Improve education outcomes for a small group by conductive VET course in Leadership.
 

Circle of Security

This 8-week series focuses on supporting and strengthening parent-child relationships and teaches new ways to understand and respond to your children’s behaviour.

 

AOD recovery mentoring service

One on one peer support mentoring provided to community members who are in recovery or working to overcome their dependency with addiction or trying to break the cycle of incarceration. Mentoring is with trained Peer Support Mentors upon request