Respected Aboriginal community member Michael Jarrett (Micklo) came to Ability Links seeking advice on strengthening his family and community connections, and to see if there were existing culturally appropriate programs that he could link up with.
He spent some time talking to a Linker, going over the various options and dreaming up new opportunities that could be available in his regional Mid North Coast community. Micklo decided that he would like assistance to strengthen the connection between generations, information and education about health, opportunities for work, stronger connections to culture and support with school engagement.
We are happy to report that some of the useful follow-up actions the Linker helped with are as follows:
• Sensory equipment has been placed in a school classroom to assist a young son to engage, and avoid possible suspension.
• Negotiation with Forestry NSW for an older son to do a very successful and motivating work placement. This helped inform his decision to finish high school.
• An extended family ‘health retreat’ where generations reconnected. ‘Ready mob’ was brought in and provided education, along with a range of nutritionists and exercise physiologists. Cultural activities were interwoven and psychological healing activities facilitated.
• Follow-up gatherings with drumming circles, Aboriginal language use, healthy food preparation, sharing, yarning, caring for Elders, and song and values taught through story telling.
Micklo is happy with the effort the Linker has shown to support him, his family and his community.
“Everyone is healthier, and more connected,” he says. “We are hopeful for a positive future for our mob.”
This post was written by northwestalliance