Nyoongar people achieving success at every level, of every field.
- Community and family focus
- Strengths focus
- Nyoongar respect and pride
- Integrity and trust
- Collaborative partnerships
To develop partnerships that maximise opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians residing in Nyoongar country, to participate in active recreation and enjoy health lifestyles, in order to produce health, education, social and cultural benefits for individuals and their respective communities.
January 2017 Regional School Holiday Program
Where did we go?
18 sessions comprising physical activity in the form of Traditional Indigenous Games, healthy tucker and healthy lifestyle education were delivered in 15 towns in the South West and Wheatbelt. The towns included Beverley, Brookton, Bunbury, Busselton, Collie, Harvey, Katanning, Kellerberrin, Kondinin, Merredin, Narrogin, Northam, Pingelly, Quairading and Wagin.
250 school-aged children, 215 (86%) of whom were Aboriginal
What did the children think of the program?
When asked to rate the following from 1 to 100:
- How much they enjoyed playing Traditional Indigenous Games – 94
- How much they enjoyed learning about how to be more healthy – 91
- Intention to live a healthy lifestyle – 97
- How much the program increased pride in being Aboriginal – 92
Promoting Accounting as a career
Our sponsor, Deloitte, is keen for there to be more Aboriginal men and women in the accounting profession. To help sow the seeds, the January program distributed a brochure from Indigenous Accountants Australia, promotional postcards from Deloitte and a flyer, which encouraged maths fun through memes and maths games websites.
First Aboriginal Corporate Sponsor
NWS are very excited to announce Cole Workwear as our first Aboriginal corporate sponsor. Cole Workwear is a one stop shop for all of your safety needs and is a proudly Noongar owned and run West Australian workwear company. In mid-2014 they achieved a first by launching the Boomerang Range™ - a range of stylish workwear designed in Australia, for Australians.
Cole Workwear have started their support by donating $1,000 to NWS. The money will be used to deliver cultural activities for our Young Aboriginal Girls program in Mirrabooka.
The program was established from a community request and has now been running for four years. It gives the girls a chance to enjoy various healthy programs including physical recreation, Aboriginal dance and other cultural activities. The money donated will help to provide cultural and bonding excursions to support building stronger relationships between mothers and daughters.
“We are so proud to have our first Aboriginal corporation partner with NWS to build the health, wellbeing and cultural development of the community we work with. The team are very excited about this new and ongoing partnership and encourage you to also support Cole Workwear and thereby support us too!”
Karyn Lisignoli, NWS CEO
A Message from the CEO
Well it has been another sensational year for the NWS team. We have continued to deliver our outstanding schools program, the Young Achievers Club, in six Perth primary schools. This program has literally changed lives, with Aboriginal students improving their school attendance, behaviour, cultural pride and grades! And our Cultural Celebrations at each school have also meant that more Aboriginal parents are engaging with the school and more often.
Our community-based programs such as Beatball, One Step Closer, Young Aboriginal Girls Program, Regional School Holiday program and more have also been wonderful with program content continuing to evolve and grow. We don’t just provide physical activity and healthy lifestyle programs. Increasingly, we also provide cultural and personal development activities. And of course, we always do this in partnership with others. For more information, please check out our Annual Report.
We have loved working with you to build health and wellbeing – in all its forms – in our community in 2016 and look forward to another great year in 2017.
Have a truly wonderful holiday season and we hope you have a Merry Christmas and terrific New Year filled with fun, love and happiness. See you at the Regional School Holiday Program in January 2017!