Australian Red Cross acknowledges the traditional Custodians of the lands on which we meet and work. We pay our respects to Elders past and present as well as emerging young leaders. We also acknowledge the cultural authority and continuation of cultural, spiritual and educational practices of First Nations peoples.
No one knows a community better than the people that live there. That’s why Red Cross approaches our work in communities facing challenges and disadvantage in a place-based way.
This means that we act as a facilitator, bringing together people to address the specific needs of their community. We build on their strengths, capacity and knowledge to enable them to come up with their own solutions.
Place-based work in First Nations communities starts with a partnership built on trust and respect. We empower sustainable, long-term solutions driven by the community, focusing on complex problems to create systemic change. This includes addressing crucial issues such as the health and wellbeing of children and young people, family and community violence, and youth employment and participation.
Red Cross runs dedicated place-based work in 10 identified communities across the country. We have also adopted place-based approaches in other locations, including across all the Northern Territory and through our community development work in Kwinana and Broome, WA.
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Pupuni ngirramini ngawurtiyarra pirrajirri
(Only good words come from us)
The Tiwi Islands are a 20-minute plane ride from Darwin, where around 3,000 people live across the main two islands. 90% of the population are Tiwi, and almost half are under 30.
Six local Red Cross team members provide support from our centre at Wurrumiyanga on Bathurst Island. It’s become a popular community hub. “It’s doing programs on Country...it’s all about community and working with people,” says Kevin Doolan, our Tiwi Regional Manager. “Our programs need to be positive; they need to be encouraging, they need to connect.”
These programs include: