Throughout the year the Kimberley Stolen Generation Aboriginal Corporation organises a number of promotional and information sessions offering the service throughout the region.
The Link-Up Team and Senior Counsellor travel extensively to help with family tracing and reuniting Aboriginal people who have been effected by past government policies of forced removal.
The Redress team currently service Broome, Bidyadanga and the Dampier Peninsula.
In the past six months we have met people at our regional and local promotional stalls in Halls Creek Shire Park, both of Broome’s shopping Centres, Bidyadanga, the Dampier Peninsula, Kununurra, Moongardi community, Red Hill- Lundja Community’s Warlawurru Catholic School, Warmun community Centre, and Wyndham’s Ngnowah Aerwah Aboriginal Corporation. In Kununuurra, Fitzroy Crossing and Derby shopping areas and the Looma local store we have also had stall. As a result of the promotional work client numbers have now increased.
The KSGAC works with many other service providers who are located in the Kimberley communities and they allow us to set up at their sites in order for community members to gain the help they need through Link-Up and the Redress Scheme. An example of this is through the Bidydanga Administration office, Health and Aged Care Facility and the Kullari Regional Incorporated office(KRCI).
As the number of people who come forward for Redress Support increases so too does their need to feel safe and secure through the process. With this in mind the Redress Workers are conscious of people’s right to privacy and through the support of the other services rooms are made available to keep client confidentiality.
Female Redress Worker Hayati Jaffrey said building up trust with other services and individuals is very important. “KSGAC’s Redress team currently covers Bidyadanga, Broome and the Dampier Peninsula communities.”
“We assist people who are eligible with applications if they were effected by Child Abuse within an institution, such as an orphanage, a sporting group or through a church organisation. We need to go through people’s story when they apply and we are very conscious that trust is key in helping people. The number of people stepping forward for redress support is increasing and when we meet with people they might want general information about the process. They might be asking for the information for themselves or even for a family member or friend.”
“Thanks to the relationship we have with other services we can use their office spaces and applications can take place without others in the community knowing people’s business.” said Female Redress Worker Hayiti Jaffrey.”