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 in conjunction with Nerang Country Paradise Association hosted a Cultural Diversity Festival on Friday 29 August, at the Nerang Parklands in celebration of Cultural Diversity Week. Entertainment included the Sheherazade Belly Dancing Troupe and Traditional Indigenous Dance performed by Mr Rebes Reuben.
Children were well entertained with Indigenous facepainting, arts and crafts, making 'crazy candles' and night Boomerang throwing with Mr Paul Craft (the Boomerang Man). There were excellent food and craft stalls, live entertainment, as well as a jumping castle.
Gold Coast City Seniors Week
Kirrawe was privileged to have Uncle Bob Randall and his beautiful wife Barbara as guests to our Elders Gathering 'Respecting our Elders' where we showed Uncle Bob's movie Kanyini' and treated everyone to a smorgasboard luncheon. Thanks Uncle Bob you are truly an inspiration to us all.
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!
We also bid farewell to Mentor James Moreland who has moved to Orange to continue with his amazing community work. We all wish James the best in his new life.
As a group activity the Mentors and Mentees attended a Titans game, thanks to the Titans for the tickets! KIMS began as a three month pilot project (funded through Medicare Local) and given the positive outcomes already being seen 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.
Promoting Culture and the Arts
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.
Get Set For Work
The Kirrawe Cert II in Health Support Services has now completed and Graduates are currently completing their work placements. Congratulations guys on your achievement.
The Cert IV TAE (Training and Assessment ) course is continuing with students studying hard 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 Country Paradise Parklands. Prior to this 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.
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.
Rosey's Cottage will be a culturally safe and comfortable residential facility, providing 24 hour support to 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.
There is an increase in the removal of 'at risk' Indigenous newborns from hospital, and reasons for this vary however history has shown that this is not the way to proceed. Kirrawe wants to give these Mum's a chance, to prove they have the capability to keep their child safe, so they can breastfeed, and with ongoing support care for their child.
The three month live in program will provide new Mum's with training, support, and a strong sense of family and community.
To make this happen, funding is urgently needed to rent a premises and employ skilled, qualified and compassionate staff to support these mothers. Staff will be onsite 24 hours per day to assist them to parent their children in a nurturing environment and keep these babies out of the state welfare system.
Both the Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities see this program as a priority.
There are three ways you can help Kirrawe to provide these services:
Bank - Westpac
Name - Kirrawe Gift Fund Account
BSB - 034 159
Account - 157 152
Please note: 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 Medicare Local, the Queensland Community Benefit Fund, Queensland Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services, Queensland Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Multicultural Affairs, Queensland Department of Education, Training and Employment, 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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