Berrima Blakeney - Young Achiever of the Year Award - NAIDOC 2017 Regional Awards night

Congratulations to Berrima Blakeney (of Waminda's Nabu Team - Family Preservation & Restoration), who was awarded the 'Young Achiever of the Year' award at last Saturday night's Regional NAIDOC 2017 Awards. We are all very proud of you!

Berrima Blakeney is a young Aboriginal woman from the Nowra area. She is adescendant from the Yaegl and Wiradjuri people. Her connection to the South Coast is through her Grandmother who was from the stolen generations. 
Berrima is a proud young Aboriginal woman working as a Case Worker at Waminda. Berrima is joining the newly formed Family Preservation and Restoration program, in partnership with Waminda and the MacKillop Foundation, aimed at supporting families to stay together and to keep children safe. 
As well as working full time at Waminda, Berrima is completing a Diploma in Leadership and Management and a Diploma in Community Services/ Case management. Berrima brings to her studies the same qualities that make her such a valuable member of the Waminda team. She is a great communicator, willing to learn, take on new challenges, supportive of other team members, organised and a good problem solver.
Berrima is a great advocate because she has a keen sense of social justice, and even as a young kid at school, was willing to stand up for other kids if she felt they weren’t heard or unfairly treated. She brings a persistency and tenacity to any advocacy she is involved in for families and is not afraid to speak up and challenge injustice. #waminda #wamindanowra#youngachieveroftheyear2017 #NAIDOC2017 Thank you for the photo @anuchristine


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Berrima Blakeney  

Young Achiever of the Year 2017

NAIDOC 2017 Regional Awards

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Berrima and Christine Anu

Minister Goward visits Waminda

Waminda welcomed the opportunity to meet with Minister Goward and Shelley Hancock to launch this important program – supporting Aboriginal families to lead healthy and happy lives within a culturally safe context.


The Nabu and MacKillop Teams/Partnership meeting with Minister Goward and Shelley Hancock at Waminda

The Nabu and MacKillop Teams/Partnership meeting with Minister Goward and Shelley Hancock at Waminda

Gunyah - Celebrating South Coast Koori Culture

Gunyah will take place on Saturday the 8th of April at the Jervis Bay Maritime Museum from 1:00pm – 6:00pm. The event is for community and visitors to Nowra to come and be immersed in the South Coast Koori Culture. This experience is to provide a platform for South Coast Cultural artists to express their connection to the South Coast and for emerging artists to expand their practice.

The space will be set up like an old trade route, with several gunyahs (shelters built by the Vincentia High rangers program) each gunyah will have it’s own cultural expression such as painting, shellwork, weaving, tool making etc. There will also be photos from the Jerrinja Exposed exhibition.

There will be demonstrations of fishing spears being made and a workshop on dillybags. You will be able to smell traditional food cooking, hear language sung, sit in a yarning circle, hear stories shared by an Elder and the afternoon will end with a performance inspired by traditional dances by the Doonooch Dancers and young community members from Bomaderry High, Shoalhaven High, Nowra High and Vincentia High.

Please send the message out to your networks and let your family and friends know.

We hope to see you there!

Gunyah 2017 flyer

Thank you Shoalhaven Ex Servicemen's Club

Shoalhaven Ex-Servicemen's club invited Waminda to apply for an additional grant to help out with our move – We did that and we were granted $9000! A big thank you to Chris Allen, We appreciate the support, to help with our big move to the South Coast Register building end of 2016 on KingHorne street, Nowra. To provide professional clinical spaces that need to meet with accreditation needs & re-vamp the building for case management & other programs for our on going support for the Community. Thank you

New SOS Women's DV Proposal

We’re very pleased to be part of a new SOS Women’s Services proposal to the NSW Government which, if approved, will mean women’s health centres across NSW run Domestic Violence Prevention Clinics and have specialist domestic violence workers. We already provide a lot of support to women and children escaping domestic and family violence, and this proposal will give us the extra help we need to help women and children who are coming to us for support. It will also help us do the prevention work we know is so important. Read here to find out more:

Cultural Insight Tour

Waminda held their first Cultural Insight Tour in April with the family who won the auction at the Waminda fund raiser. The day began at the Worrigee St meeting room where the family was welcomed to Waminda by Cleone Wellington and Hayley Longbottom. They were then introduced to the staffs that were to accompany them for the day and given a brief overview of Waminda as a service. The family shared with the staff about themselves, their interests and why they wanted to come on the Cultural Insight Tour.

The Grandparents and two Granddaughters were then given gift bags with local products, books and information. Two cars set off for Green patch in Vincentia where they met up with local Elders Aunty Wendy Brown and Uncle Noel Wellington and other community members and children. Angie Brown and Natalie McLeod lead a smoking ceremony and painted ochre on everyone and explained the significance of this ceremony.

Aunty Wendy did the Welcome to Country in language and the interpretation of the Welcome. It was a beautiful day for a walk on the beach and explore the rock pools to collect periwinkles. The buckets of periwinkles were brought back to the day camp to be cooked up. Aunty Wendy then showed everyone bush tucker and medicines local to the Shoalhaven, followed by her interpretation of the Bundoola story. She then got the young women to clean the mullet for lunch with abalone shells and showed everyone how abalone was traditionally prepared by tenderizing them with rocks. Uncle Noel showcased his woodwork and shared his story and the language name of the scar trees which are the inspiration for his wood sculptures. Lunch was delicious and would definitely not have been out of place on MasterChef. It consisted of the cooked mullet, abalone and periwinkles on a bed of lemon myrtle, and surrounded by lily pillys, this was served with salad. Jonny cakes and golden syrup with tea or milo was served for dessert. The afternoon was spent yarning, painting clap sticks and making ‘Mookie catchers’. A great day was had by all, with friendships built and some really good feedback about the Cultural Insight Tour hopefully being the first of many.

Indigenous Marathon Project

Aboriginal Health worker Kristika Kumar, had applied for a spot for a life changing experience!  The IMP New York Marathon Project 2016 – coordinated by Rob De Costella (World famous Marathon runner) She had a trial on the 4th of February 2016 that included a 3km run, A plank for as long as she could hold, The beep test and finishing with an interview 12 applicants, 6 males and 6 females from all over Australia are chosen to be apart of the IMP running squad. Squad members will be training for the biggest marathon in the world – New York Marathon. Runners attend training camps that are based around domestic fun runs throughout the year, which includes: Canberra, Queensland, Sydney , Alice Springs and New York also to complete studies to attain her Certificate 3 in Fitness. Kristika was successful and made 1 of 6 women chosen for the IMP squad and will be training for the New York City Marathon in November 2016. Training for this marathon will include challenging extensive training, long distance running 5 days per week, eating plans, recovery, stretching, rest, healthy lifestyle habits. Kristika is so excited to be given this once in a lifetime chance to challenge herself and to represent her family from Wreck Bay. She aims to create Indigenous role models and inspire Indigenous people and aims to promotes healthy and active lifestyles throughout Indigenous communities nationally and reduce the incidence of Indigenous disease.

Deadly or Deadly Funded for three years!

Kimberly Chiswell, Faye Worner and Hayley Longbottom attended the Health forum held at the Bomaderry Bowling Club on the 28th of April 2016. Health Minister Sussan Ley MP and Ann Sudamalis had announced that $764,000 in funding will cover three years for Waminda's Deadly or Deadly Program! We are all so proud of the effort our ladies Willow, Angie and Hayley put into the Dead or Deadly program. This will benefit our community greatly, funding this program will impact women by providing ongoing positive support with mental heath, confidence, social/emotional well-being, nutrition, active lifestyles, weight loss and much more!!! For more information about our program phone reception on 4421 7400.

Waminda's Dead or deadly group Wins health challenge!!

Together the team of 30 lost 159kg to bite on gold after the 12-week challenge.

Dead or Deadly program co-ordinator Willow Firth said 'It was incredible, not only to win, but to hear what the women got out of the program, which helps Aboriginal women to prevent and manage chronic disease'.

Ms Firth said the program looked out for the physical, social, emotional, cultural and mental health of these women.

“These women would not otherwise exercise. They wouldn’t go to a mainstream gym,” she said. 

ABC's -Aboriginal Women's sexual assault network faces closure as private funding runs out

'These women suffer in silence'

Melissa Wellington works at the Waminda Aboriginal Women's Health Centre on the South Coast of  NSW and says domestic violence is an issue that afflicts the whole community, not just Indigenous families.

"There's a lot of things that need to happen and change for our Koori community and society as a whole," she said.

PHOTO: Melissa Wellington says her community is proud and many are unwilling to talk about domestic violence.(ABC: Ursula Malone)

"It's a problem across everyone, I don't think it's just our problem."

Ms Wellington said her community was proud and many were unwilling to talk about family violence.

"These women suffer in silence because there's nothing else for them. They don't have a way out," she said.

"She'll probably go to hospital more times than not, that's why the statistics are so high.

"She'll go back and go back and go back because she doesn't have any more support."

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