How did NCNS commemorate Apology Day?

NCNS is the leading provider of Aboriginal social support services in the Penrith area – providing Aboriginal supported playgroups, cultural dance, kinship carer support groups, young mums groups, community events, Aboriginal women’s groups, school readiness, Koori kids programs, parenting programs, Aboriginal tutoring,  as well as intensive support and casework for families in crisis. The work we do with the Aboriginal community in Penrith is on the front-line of “closing the gap” – in health, education, and welfare outcomes.

This year to commemorate the anniversary of the Apology to the Stolen Generations – NCNS wanted to make a lasting contribution to increase the capacity of ourselves and our partners to work effectively with the Aboriginal community.

We hosted the recognised Aboriginal Cultural trainer, Flic Ryan, to run 3 days of Cultural training for NCNS staff and our partners. This meant that 60 Caseworkers, Childcare, Youth, Education, Health & Community Workers from the Penrith area took part in this training which improved skills and confidence to make a real and lasting difference in our work in the Aboriginal community.

This is part of our long term investment and commitment to Aboriginal families and community in Penrith. Our aim was for NCNS staff and our partners to complete the training together, thereby furthering our partnerships and together building a stronger awareness and the skills to work with Aboriginal families in Penrith more effectively.

We’d like to recognise our partners at Braddock Public School; Bridging The Gap; Connect Child & Family Services; Northcott; Penrith City Council, Platform Youth Services; and Westcare – for prioritising their staff members’ participation in this training

A couple of comments from participant organisations:

“The training was honest, engaging and brought to life Aboriginal culture, history and present.”

“The staff that were able to attend came back with rave reviews. True partnership working at its best – thank you!”

Author: Joy Impiombato
General Manager
Nepean Community & Neighbourhood Services

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