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Jingi Wala

Hello and welcome to Ngunya Jarjum's April Newsletter. With Easter just around the corner we have included a printable activity booklet for the Jarjums to enjoy. We hope you and your families are staying safe during these difficult times with the impact of Covid-19 and the recent floods. Ngunya Jarjum's office is still closed due to the floods but we are still delivering services and are grateful for the community support we have received. Some of our workers and their families are still recovering which has affected our staff availability. Ngunya Jarjum is committed to the health and well-being of our Jarjums, families and community and we are working hard to support those affected by the floods. Just a reminder that you can contact our team anytime Monday to Friday 9am to 4.30pm on 6626 3700 or contact your caseworker directly. Stay safe Mob.
Download printable Easter Activity Booklet
In this issue...
  • NJ News: Flood Support, Office Clean-Up, Who are they? - 13YARN, Covid-19 Treatments
  • From the desk of the Out of Home Care Team: Foster Care - Financial Support
  • HR update: Positions Available
  • An Important message for our Carers: Have you been affected by the recent floods? When to contact us
  • Programs: Gumaguy, Balaa, Bugil Wernbe
  • Upcoming Training: Empower Change - free online program for young people aged 15-18 in care, Responding to Trauma - Building Effective Responses for Carers
  • Community News and Events: Deadly Walkers Group, Sign up to the PCYC StarJump Challenge
Caseworker and Casework Support Positions available READ MORE...
Empower Change - Free online program for young people in care READ MORE...
NJ News

Flood Support

We know that so many people in our community have been affected by the NSW Floods and we wish to support you in any way we can. Here is a list of all payments/financial support and relief links with information on what they assist with that are currently operating for people who have been affected by the floods in Northern NSW. Click here to download

Office Clean-Up

After the devastating impact of the recent floods, our staff, along with a number of generous volunteers, got to work cleaning out the office. We even had a surprise visit from actor Simon Baker who helped with some of the heavy lifting! Our very own Peter Moore also came to support the team. We would like to give a huge thankyou to all of the volunteers, most of which walked in from the street wanting to lend a hand. It is heartwarming to see community come together in this disaster to help each other. We were unable to get everyone's name but we would like to name those we can and acknowledge their hard work and community spirit. 

Leah Burgess
Jazz Buckley
Kaleb Peart
Braden Norberg
Mikey Perry
Simon Baker
Julie Cowell
Nidala Barker
Amarinda Toby
Ashley Ryan
Tim Crawley
Kishor Mansfield
Peter Moore
Sarah Jones

Who are they? - 13YARN

13YARN [Thirteen YARN] is the first national crisis support line for mob who are feeling overwhelmed or having difficulty coping. They offer a confidential one-on-one yarning opportunity with a Lifeline-trained Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Crisis Supporter who can provide crisis support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 13 YARN empowers our community with the opportunity to yarn without judgement and provide a culturally safe space to speak about their needs, worries or concerns.
If you, or someone you know, are feeling worried or no good, we encourage you to connect with 13YARN on 13 92 76 (24 hours/7 days) and talk with an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Crisis Supporter.
For more info about 13YARN go to their website: www.13yarn.org.au

COVID-19 Treatments

There are now effective COVID-19 treatments available if you are diagnosed early. These treatments can prevent severe disease and ending up in hospital.
If you are vulnerable and have symptoms of COVID-19 OR if you are a close contact of someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19, contact Mob Link and they will walk you through the testing process and help you manage your symptoms.
Vulnerable members of community include:
- Unvaccinated Mob
- Elders
- Mob who have a chronic condition (like lung disease)
- Pregnant women
So if you are feeling unwell and you think it might be COVID, don’t wait - give the Mob Link team a call on 1800 254 354.

From the Desk of the Out of Home Care Team

Foster care: financial support

Foster carers are volunteers, so they’re not paid a wage. However, there are a number of allowances and payments available to help you ensure a safe and comfortable home for the child in your care, with ample opportunities for learning and personal growth. There are two ways that foster carers can get financial assistance:

  1. from Family and Community Services (DCJ) or your foster agency
  2. from the Australian government

The Care Allowance: what’s it for?

The Care Allowance you receive is provided to help you cover the costs of caring for a child or young person. You are expected to use the allowance to cover the day-to-day costs of looking after the child or young person in your care, such as:
  • food
  • clothing and footwear
  • daily travel
  • suitable car restraints
  • gifts
  • household provisions and costs
  • hobbies and activities
  • general educational expenses
  • holidays
  • general medical expenses
  • pocket money

You don’t have to keep receipts to show DCJ how you spent the Care Allowance on everyday items. However, receipts are usually required for out-of-pocket expenses that are part of the child’s Case Plan, for example, the cost of healthcare, childcare and some education services.
Non-government agencies have similar policies. Check with your caseworker for details.

Financial assistance from the Australian government

Depending on your circumstances, you may be eligible for support from the Department of Human Services which deliver a range of Australian Government benefits and concessions to the general community.

For information about the full range of Australian Government help available, including payment rates and eligibility criteria. Check the Human Services website’s Carers section and Indigenous Australians section for more information.


Source: Foster carer support and resources | Family & Community Services (nsw.gov.au)

HR Update
Photo of some of the staff who attended our recent all staff meeting at the Casino RSM club.

Positions Available

Caseworker (Aboriginal Identified)
Service delivery area Tweed Heads to Grafton
Reporting to Manager Casework, your focus will be providing support and supervision to children in Ngunya Jarjum’s permanency support program (PSP) and to achieve quality outcomes for the children placed with the service. The key objectives of the role include to:

  • ensure case practice is delivered to a high professional standard and in a manner that promotes the safety, welfare and wellbeing, family and community connections of children placed in Ngunya Jarjum’s care;
  • ensure services are delivered in line with established Ngunya Jarjum policies and procedures, Office of Children’s Guardian (OCG) standards and in compliance with relevant legislation;
  • work in a manner that ensures sound community networks and fosters and maintains positive interagency relationships.

76 hour Fortnight Full-time 12 month maximum term contracts available. The closing date for this role is 5.00pm on Monday 25th April 2022. Find out more

Balaa (Casework support) worker (Aboriginal Identified)
Service delivery area Tweed Heads to Grafton
Ngunya Jarjum’s Balaa Team are here to support our Aboriginal Families. Are you any of the following or so Deadly you are all of them?

  • Passionate about working with and supporting Jarjums, families and communities on Bundjalung Country?
  • Enthusiastic about working amongst Mob?
  • Committed to ensuring Jarjum's can stay connected to Country and culturally strong?

76-hour Fortnight Full-time 12 month maximum term contracts available
The closing date for this role is 5.00pm on Monday 25th April 2022. Find out more
 

An important message for our Carers

Have you been affected by the recent floods?

The recent floods have affected many people across NSW. We hope you have not been badly impacted, but the following information may be of use.

It takes time to replace lost identity documents and you can’t apply for, or renew, a Working with Children Check without them. If you have lost identity documents in the floods, please visit the Service NSW website for help replacing them.

Even if you’re not due to renew for a while, you should make sure you have the documents you need in advance.

When to contact us...

You should notify us about any changes effecting you, your partner or any household member. 

  • Moved to a new address?
  • Changed or have a new contact number?
  • Changed or have a new email address?
Change in personal circumstances and household movements
Click Here to Update Your Details
Programs

Gumaguy

Gumaguy is a service aimed at reducing the risk to families, where children and young people have been identified by Department of Communities and Justice (DCJ) assessment as being at risk of being removed from the family home. Families can only be referred to the program through DCJ.

Monday to Friday 9am to 4.30pm our Gumaguy team can be contacted through the Ngunya Jarjum switch. After hours, weekends and public holidays use the FREECALL 1800 325 081 or mobile 0438497743.
SOME FAMILY FEEDBACK FROM FAMILIES WITH IN THE GUMAGUY PROGRAM –
"I have engaged in Counselling and Parenting programs through the help from the Gumaguy Program." From a family that have been working with Gumaguy since 14/01/2020
"I have learned to better place items away which may be unsafe for my child and now learned to use other services through encouragement by the Gumaguy team." Client family who successfully engaged and exited the Gumaguy program on 17.05.2021

Balaa

In the local Widjabul dialect, ‘Balaa’ means to ‘help’. We consider the name appropriate, as the services offered through Balaa are provided to compliment quality case planning for children and families and wrap-around the child and family to improve outcomes for Aboriginal families in Northern NSW across the whole of sector. Through referral to the Balaa services, you can access casework support services such as:

  • Mapping Mob (helping you find links through families and kinship networks)
  • Youth Mentoring
  • Family Group Conferencing
  • Cultural case and/or Care planning
  • Transport services
  • Aboriginal consultation
  • Family time supervision
  • Adolescent / Caregiver mediation services
  • Individual / Specific services as requested

Simply call to ask for more detail about the services and/or request a referral form. (02) 6626 3700 or email intake@ngunyajarjum.com

Bugil Wernbe Targeted Early Intervention Tabulam and District

The Targeted Early Intervention (TEI) program delivers flexible support to children, young people, families or communities who are experiencing or at risk of being vulnerable. As the number of our children reported to be at significant risk of harm continues to grow, we are pleased to have secured this program to target support to these remote communities and will continue to seek out opportunities to get similar funding for other communities across the Far North Coast of NSW.

Upcoming Training

Empower Change - free online program for young people aged 15-18 in care

The program works to get young people prepare for adulthood, connects them with those of similar lived experience, peers, and professionals who will provide information on several topics, from how to make a budget to what services they are able to access depending on their circumstances.
Empower Change is a free online service where youth can access the information in a way that suits them. Registration will allow them to:

  • Watch video presentations at their own pace
  • Download resources
  • Connect with peers in facilitated groups 
  • Find out more about preparing for adulthood 

There are still some spots available in this year’s program, so please share the links and resources with your youth in care, as well as any other youth or Carers you may know.
Even if your child will remain in your care after the age of 18, we still encourage them to come along and benefit from the wide array of skills and resources provided.
The next Empower Change series sessions will be available between April and June. To register your interest and find out more, visit http://www.eventsforchange.org.au/empowerchange

 

Responding to Trauma – Building Effective Responses for Carers

This course aims to equip foster and kinship carers with basic knowledge, understanding, approaches and practical strategies to respond to traumatised children in their care. In particular, this course will explore the way that complex trauma resulting from experiences such as childhood abuse and neglect affects development, and describe trauma informed ways to care for children.

Additionally, materials in this course have been contextualised to meet the specific needs of Aboriginal carers and to increase the ability of non Aboriginal carers to understand the ongoing impacts of intergenerational trauma and to provide care that is culturally safe.

Entry requirements - No prior learning assumed. Course offered to foster and kinship carers.

Duration & Delivery mode - 2 half day online Zoom workshops 10.00am-2.00pm

Fees - $450 per person

Find out more & Register
Community News and Events

Deadly Walkers Group

Rekindling the Spirit have partnered with the Heart Foundation to offer the Deadly Walkers group. Join the Rekindling team and other deadly walkers for a 45 minute walk and yarn.  Go a your own pace, have a chat, a laugh and give your heart a workout. 9:00am every Thursday meeting opposite McDonalds on Brewster Street Lismore. Contact Marilyn on 049048468 for more details and registration.

Sign up to the PCYC StarJump Challenge 2022

Star Jump every day of Youth Week this April 3 - 10, and raise funds to support GRIT, PCYC's mental resilience program for young people. PCYC’s new preventative GRIT program builds mental resilience, by combining physical well-being and nutrition, with emotional and social intelligence skills. Because of your life changing support, you will make a difference to young people’s mental health. Sign up for the PCYC StarJump Challenge.

Become a Member

It is important for people interested in the future of the corporation to be members and to attend the general meetings. A membership application form is available here.
If you are already a member and need to update your homes address, phone number or email address you can contact us by phoning 6626 3700 or emailing us at info@ngunyajarjum.com.

Join our team of Foster Carers

Ngunya Jarjum is always looking for new carers to join the organisation and help ensure the wellbeing of all our jarjums. We need quality carers with a commitment to community, family and culture. If you, or someone you know, is considering the important role of becoming a foster visit our website for more information and to apply. https://ngunyajarjum.com/becoming-a-carer/

Donate

We are a registered charity and rely on government grants and donations to keep operating. If you would like to make a donation you can donate via Paypal.
Visit our website to complete the form and you will be taken to our secure PayPal donation portal. 

Make a donation

We do appreciate your support!

Ngunya Jarjum would like to pay respects to our Elders both past and present, also to our children, who will be the Elders future coming. We acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land of which we live and work in, the people of the Bundjalung Nation, as well as to all other Indigenous people who join us today. We would also like to acknowledge the survival of our ancient culture. May we continue to thrive, learn, and develop within so we may pass our knowledge down through generations to come.
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