2023 was a very busy year for Winangay.
The first half of the year was busy with training DCJ staff in Far West NSW and Murrumbidgee districts. Thank you to our wonderful facilitators who travelled around the State, it was received very well by all participants. Great reviews on the training and tools.
We have also been busy in the ACT with the commencement of Cultural Immersion training, facilitated by Dr. Karen Menzies. Followed by the Winangay Keeping Aboriginal Kids with Family training, this was a new and exciting tool developed by Paula Hayden and the Winangay Team during the year.
The ACT team were also trained in the Winangay Aboriginal Provisional Kinship Carer Assessment tool. 👩🎓👩🎓👩🎓
It has been an absolute pleasure working with the amazing teams in the ACT and hope to do much more work with them in the New Year.
We were very excited to launch the Keeping Kids with Family tool and the revamped updated Winangay assessment cards.
The Winangay Restoration tool was also finalised in 2023 and will be ready for launch in 2024!!!
Aboriginal Kinship Care Assessment Training Feb 1 & 2, 2022
On Tuesday and Wednesday, 1st and 2nd Feb. 2022, we ran our first stand alone, generic training session at Parramatta. It was a great two days! The dynamics of the participants and the energy was wonderful.
We had participants from DCJ, Goodradigbee, Sydney Aboriginal Family Support Service, Creating Links and Challenge Community Services.
Training was facilitated by our wonderful Paula Hayden, Michelle Foster and Dr Karen Menzies (via zoom link).
We were able to give five kids in care a new laptop and case each, these kids were nominated by their agency. We were all very keen to hear the stories of how these laptops would help the child or young person.
We were very excited and pleased with the outcome of our very first session and look forward to many more in the very near future.
Winangay is looking forward to the coaching session to see how each of these lovely people have experienced using the tools and the feedback from our lovely kin families.
Great work participants!
It’s time to celebrate Winangay
Winangay won the “Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Placement Principle” award at the SA Child Protection Awards earlier today. Accepting the award on Winangay’s behalf was the Department for Child Protection's Aboriginal Lead Practitioner Annette Groat. Well done, Winangay!