Residential Youth Service staff seem to gain the least respect in our sector and yet they do some of the hardest, most sacred, and important work. I wrote this when I worked at an aboriginal residential school in Victoria years ago. My health is not resilient enough for that environment anymore. Now I work in regional NSW - out in the community. but I valued that experience and the souls who do that work so very much. As we move into a period of reform for some youth services in NSW I want to remind our leaders that whilst we must prioritise protecting our very little people, our aboriginal communities, and single parent families - we absolutely cannot leave our youth behind. Adolescence is a time of great vulnerability but also opportunity, and with the right support people can heal from trauma and turn it into gold. We are facing a unique set of issues in the world and our young people need dedicated, professional support that is not just outreach but place based, participatory, and flexible to local need. In the coming decades, we will need resilient empowered young people and we cannot support them without a strong commitment of social investment ⭐️🌎🌸🕊🏃♀️🧠👣✌️ also thanks to those who work hard to support our youth 💜 @prugoward @gladysberejiklian @youthactionnsw #youthwork#youthservices#youth#eipp#trauma#resilience#sacredwork#mentalillness#communityservice#communitydevelopment#participation#deeplistening#mindfullness#meditation#love#relationships#worawa#grace#traumainformed#healers#traumainformedcare#youthsupportworkers#residentialcare#wardenofthestate#resi#traumainformed
Last weekend, judicial officers visited Worawa Aboriginal College. Worawa is unique in Australia. It’s a boarding school for Aboriginal girls from around the country that encourages integrated learning – the students here learn their own cultural practices as well as skills for employment and further study.
We loved the tour of the dreaming trail which shows aspects of traditional Aboriginal life in a bush setting and provides the students and visitors to Worawa with a place for reflection and immersion in nature. A sculpture of Bunjil, the eagle, creator of the land, overlooks the trail. #judicialeducation#education#koori#culturalawareness#worawa#dreamingtrail#aboriginal#college#bunjil#judicialcollege#courts#law#auslaw
Congratulations to our Reconciliation Cup Netballers for winning the Naomi Atkinson Perpetual Cup! Great effort! Big thanks to our friends at Worawa College for their making this event happen! #mlmcsport#mlmc#worawa#reconciliation
We are SOOOO proud of our granddaughter @jahmai.2003 for all her achievements this year at #Worawa & toughing it out being so far away from the rest of the family. You are a #SUPERSTAR Jahmai & you have such a bright future ahead!! Congratulations!!! 🌟
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Such a wonderfully epic evening celebrating with the amazing students from #Worawa Aboriginal College at their Debutante Ball. Congratulations to you all!! Certainly brought back memories from my own many many years ago!
Thanks to the fabulous @dranitaheiss @epicgoodau for inviting us to share in this symbolic event
My friend @_deborahbrandon_ asked me #widn .. Well it was near dark then, Billie was in bath, her dinner on stove so no photo taken at that moment.. But earlier today I went to Worawa in Healesville (aboriginal girls college), they have a gallery there managed by a great woman named Lisa. The gallery has art works from the areas where the girls are from..across Australia. We have bought some art from there over the years, the@money goes of course to the artist but also to the school. This basket is so beautiful and graceful. I'm sorry I did not write the name of weaver down, I took a photo for inspiration and didn't think I'd be putting it on insta. I will add later. Visiting there today helped me get out of my grumpy mood. It has a great view of the mountains and strangely it's always sunny when I go there. Would @vic_pemberton who I briefly met yesterday like to play #widn ?
Thank you to the Victorian Institute of Sport for welcoming the Deadly Sista Girlz into the world of high performance training 👟👟 #VIS#future#netball#stars#Melbourne @wirrafoundation @penny_collins @danielleseisun #worawa
Netball presentation day with our girls at Worawa Aboriginal College.
It was the first year we played in a serious Saturday competition at Lilydale & Yarra Valley Netball Association. I love these girls so much. They are all just amazing. Our super coach @penny_collins is one beautiful lady. Thank you for all of your love and support #netball#presentationday#talent#skill#family#friends#deadlysistagirlz#Worawa#bigfuture @danielleseisun @wirrafoundation