Wirra Sports

Servicing the Great Southern region of Western Australia the Development Officer liaises with local sporting/recreation organisations, service providers and local government to increase Aboriginal participation in sporting and recreational activities.

 Contact Robbie Miniter  robbiem@wf.org.au

Wirra Schools

Wirra Schools is a Remote School Attendance Strategy program run in Wiluna Remote Community School, aimed at improving school attendance in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children by working with families to ensure attendance and retention at school.

Wiluna based staff engage local community members and services to work together to overcome barriers to regular school attendance by facilitating rewards based visits from Wirrpanda Foundation mentors, sporting competitions, hosting community events and supporting families with daily responsibilities.

 Contact Stacey Petterson  staceyp@wf.org.au
 
 

Wirra Club

Wirra Club is our longest running program and has engaged over 14,000 children since it began in 2005. We put emphasis on building family and community capacity, developing and strengthening family and school relationships and delivering sessions aimed at improving self-esteem, confidence, education and leadership within the parent network.

The Wirrpanda Foundation employs locally identified role models with a focus on local Indigenous people living in the community and works collaboratively with key community based organisations.

Wirra Club is a healthy lifestyle and rewards based program aimed at increasing the retention of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in school. Primary school aged participants are given assistance with their schoolwork, a healthy snack and physical activity up to three times weekly.

Wirra Club Homework Centre in Wickham, WA

Since 2011, the Wickham Wirra Club Homework Centre has been delivering the highly sought after reward, recognition and mentoring program for primary aged students in Wickham. The program operates three afternoons a week and mentors provide homework assistance to up to 50 students.

 Contact Kylie Drysdale  kylied@wf.org.au

 

 

Deadly Sista Girlz

The Deadly Sista Girlz Program aims to build proud Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander girls that thrive in the Third Space. It is delivered by strong Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander role models and mentors who offer a stable environment in which they can discuss current and personal issues they may be facing.

Each girl has the opportunity to be personally mentored throughout the program and also make positive social interactions with their fellow sistagirls in a fun and caring environment.

Deadly Sista Girlz focuses on:

  • Building Self-esteem and confidence
  • Building Pride in Aboriginal and TSI Identity
  • Having practical Cultural Contribution in the community
  • Having positive social interactions
  • Building relationships based on Mutual Respect
  • Encouraging Active Self-Development
  • Yarning about Sexual and Women’s Health; Drug and alcohol abuse; Road Safety;Healthy nutrition; Financial literacy; Healthy Relationships

The purpose of the Deadly Sista Girlz Program is to use our female role models to empower and enable young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander girls to make informed decisions about their personal health and wellbeing to lead a positive and healthy lifestyle.

We want to give more opportunity to young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander girls to expand their thinking and become active members and leaders in their communities and create a brighter future for themselves, their families and the generations to come.

Please Note: Our Deadly Sista Girlz Programs are funded in specific school sites. If you would like to enquire about program costing, individual mentoring or starting up a new Deadly Sista Girlz site please contact us on 9242 6700.

 Contact Shannon McGuire  shannonm@wf.org.au

Deadly Brotha Boyz

Deadly Brotha Boyz is a weekly health and education aspirational program for disengaged Aboriginal boys aged 8-18 years residing in the Great Southern region of Western Australia.

The program is delivered after school for two hours weekly at the Kojonup Sporting Complex by positive male Aboriginal mentors with the assistance of volunteer police officers, in alignment with the school calendar. Each session involves a variety of sporting activities to engage participants, a healthy meal and a mentor led yarning circle, in which mentors will discuss with participants ongoing personal issues they may be having. Mentors expose participants to sports such as AFL, athletics, basketball and boxing.

The Deadly Brotha Boyz program focuses on:

  • Drug, tobacco and alcohol education
  • Family breakdowns/pressures
  • Literacy and Numeracy
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Healthy Relationships
  • Minimizing Risky and Illegal Behaviors
  • Career Development and Goal-setting
  • Mental Health
  • Cultural Identity

Mentors also engage guest presenters from program partners; the WA Police, Great Southern Aboriginal Health Service, Palmerston Drug and Alcohol Services and the Department of Sport and Recreation.

 Contact Troy Cook  troyc@wf.org.au

Onslow Family Support

The Onslow Family Support Program is aimed at Aboriginal families in Onslow and the Bindi Bindi community with the primary aim of improving school attendance. The program aims to build capacity in parents through the delivery of a vocationally recognised qualification in partnership with the Western Australian Training Academy.

 

 Contact Suzanne Wilson  suzannew@wf.org.au  0408 192 432