Kirrawe Indigenous Corporation
Is a not-for- profit community based organisation providing culturally responsive services to meet the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living on the Gold Coast of Queensland, Australia.
Kirrawe is a Public Benevolent Institution, Deductable Gift Recipient and has Charity status under both the QLD Collections Act 1966 and Australian Charities and Not-For-Profit Commission (ACNC).
The aim of Kirrawe is to be an accountable, responsible, compassionate organisation providing quality services and support to those most in need.
Kirrawe is dedicated to ‘closing the gap’ and rebuilding those lives affected by the cycles of inter-generational trauma, alcohol and drug misuse, domestic/family violence, unemployment, poverty, homelessness, as well as child neglect and removal. Kirrawe continues to respond to community need and using strengths based approaches works with clients to increase their social and emotional wellbeing. Kirrawe provides 'a hand up not a hand out'.
The Directors of Kirrawe believe that well functioning families are the cornerstone of our community, and connection to family, community and country being the birth right of every Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander child.
Through appropriate programs Kirrawe promotes identity and pride in our First Nations youth. We want our children to have the same life chances as other Australian children, for them to grow up at home with their families, get a good education and be proud of their heritage and culture.
Kirrawe Indigenous Mentoring Service (KIMS) is continuing to achieve positive results with Mentee Hayden achieving an Award at school and Mentee Luke working hard at his weekend job, well done! As a group activity the Mentors and Mentees attended the Titans vs Penrith game, thanks to the Titans for the tickets!
KIMS is only funded until 30 June 2014 and given the positive changes already being made it is hoped that further $$ will be sourced to keep this important program continuing. To raise funds Kirrawe has launched the 'Buy a Buddy' campaign through givematcher.com.au.
Kirrawe in partnership with the Royal Queensland Art Society (RQAS) held an Indigenous Art Exhibition during National Reconciliation Week at the Broadbeach Gallery. This event promoted QLD and Northern NSW artists and featured local wines and bush tucker canapes. RQAS are interested in making this an annual event.
The Kirrawe Cert II in Health Support Services and Cert IV TAE (Training and Assessment ) courses are well underway with students studying hard for these qualifications through GCIT (Gold Coast Institute of TAFE). These accredited courses not only give participants a tertiary education but also increases their employment opportunities.
Kirrawe participated in the Big Picture Exhibition held at the Nerang Paradise Parklands on 31 May. Prior to the event, Shed 11 Photographic Studio had a workshop with the Kirrawe Kidz group teaching them how to tell a story digitally, and construct the photographs. Twenty five not for profit organisations and local schools took part in the Exhibition with their pictures being printed on 2m x 3m outdoor canvases and placed around the parklands on the day.
The Kirrawe Kidz program will be held during the school holidays incorporating traditional dance, painting and didgeridoo lessons.
The Kirrawe Kidz Easter Egg Hunt was held in a Labrador Park and was a great success. Eggs kindly provided by Act for Kids.
A suitable premises and funding are still being sourced to commence this project.
The Rosey's Cottage Program was officially endorsed by Indigenous and non-Indigenous community organisations, local Elders and other participants attending the Indigenous Child Protection Forum held at the Hub during Child Protection Week in September 2013.
Rosey's Cottage will be a culturally safe and comfortable residential facility, for Indigenous women who are at risk of having their newborn infants removed at birth and placed in foster care.
Currently there is no facility in South East Queensland providing this type of service.
Funding is urgently needed to employ skilled, qualified and compassionate staff to support these mothers and assist them to parent their children in a nurturing environment and keep these babies out of the state welfare system.
The community see this program as a priority and donations are needed to make it happen.
There are three ways you can help:
Bank - Westpac
Name - Kirrawe Gift Fund Account
BSB - 034 159
Account - 157 152
As Kirrawe is a DGR and registered Charity all donations over $2.00 are tax deductable.
On 5 September Kirrawe facilitated a Workshop to discuss the 'Current and Emerging Issues in Indgenous Child Protection'. This forum provided an opportunity for Elders, community members, not for profit organisations and government representatives to come together, talk about these issues and put forward strategies to address the over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in the welfare system.
On 30 July 2013 Kirrawe hosted a NAIDOC luncheon and Workshop at the Labrador Community Hub with local Elder Aunty Joyce Summers presenting 'Spiritual Connection to Country'.
On 26 May 2013 Kirrawe hosted another successful Indigenous Art, Craft and Food Festival 'Stand Up Against Violence' at the Labrador Community Hub. The Festival was held on National Sorry Day, at the end of Domestic Violence Awareness Month and marked the beginning of National Reconciliation Week. Over 260 people attended from as far away as Brisbane and Northern NSW.
On 13 February 2013 Kirrawe hosted a National Sorry Day Event with a presentation by Ms Kathy Frankland (DATSIMA) ‘A brief History of Government Administration of
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples in Queensland' followed by a buffet luncheon.
The Kirrawe Youth Project has now finished. Facilitators Paul Craft and Norm Cavanagh worked with the young People through sessions incorporating fitness (healthy mind and body) with an Indigenous Personal Trainer; 'Horses Helping Humans' program; teamwork and leadership skills using cultural activities as well as 'get set for work' activities, and a professional photoshoot.
The Kirrawe Aviation Experience facilitated by Aunty Laura Peacock was also very successful with many young Indigenous people participating in workshops where they learnt about the different employment opportunities in the aviation industry. The sessions included working in teams; grooming; writing selection criterias and cover letters; positive communication and interviewing skills. Participants were encouraged to upload their applications online and appeared motivated and positive about their employment propects.
Kirrawe held several successful community events in 2012 including:
An Indigenous Festival during Child Protection Week with the theme 'Protecting Children is Everyone's Business';
An Elders luncheon in honour of the 'Stolen Generation', recognising and acknowledging the most respected members of our communities with Link-Up (QLD) as guest speakers;
National Apology Day 2012 event which incorporated an Art Healing Circle.
The Youth Programs had participation from young Indigenous people across the Coast eager to learn more about culture and heritage.
The Directors would like to acknowledge and thank the Queensland Community Benefit Fund, Queensland Department of Communities, Child Safety and Multicultlural Affairs, Queensland Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, Queensland Department of Education, Training and Employment, Medicare Local, Gold Coast City Council, FaHCSIA, The Healing Foundation, Stolen Generation Alliance, Child Protection Week Committee, the Rotary Club of Southport and Wesley Mission for their support.
Two Directors have successfully completed Introduction to Governance and Cert IV in Business (Governance) through ORIC. Training through ORIC will continue to be attended by Directors to increase their knowledge and skill in managing a community based organisation.
Kirrawe Representatives attended ACNC training/Workshops to ensure compliance with the national accountability system.
Acknowledge Traditional Custodians
Kirrawe would like to acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land that we are operating on the Yugambeh nation.
Acknowledgement to the Indigenous Artists
Kirrawe Indigenous Corporation would like to acknowledge that the artwork used in this website were created by local Indigenous Artists Lionel Phillips and Liz Childs. www.kiarmadesigns.com.au
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