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Kirrip Newsletter - 16th October 2020
Yaama,

We hope you are managing well as we eagerly await updates about how we proceed in a new COVID normal life. 

There is lots going on here at Kirrip in the coming weeks. Women's group is relaunching into the virtual space and men's group has been successful in its couple of sessions so far. The annual general meeting (AGM) is coming up and we are asking for nominations for board members. Lastly, we have just advertised a new position - Local Aboriginal Justice Worker. Read about it all below!

Take care you mob,
 
The team at Kirrip
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
Kirrip Aboriginal Corporation will be hosting an Annual General Meeting (AGM) on 21st November at 11:30am. An AGM is a meeting held once a year that all members of Kirrip Aboriginal Corporation are invited to attend.

The purpose of an AGM is to present to our members a report on the activities and finances for the previous year, to allow time for members to ask questions, and to elect members to the board. We urge any members who are interested in a board position to contact us for a nomination pack.
POSITION VACANT
Local Aboriginal Justice Worker

The incumbent will work with justice agencies to support Aboriginal people throughout their engagement with the criminal justice system. They will work closely with Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations (ACCOs) and Justice stakeholders to build relationships with Aboriginal communities in the region.

For more information and the position description, visit our website.
 
ONLINE PROGRAMS
Kirrip's programs are currently held online via Zoom. You can get the Zoom link from our Facebook events or by emailing us. Give us a call if you need assistance joining us.
RSVP on facebook or via phone or email.

Elders Yarning Circle
Every Tuesday at 10:30am
 
Bingo by Kirrip
Every Tuesday at 1:30pm

Youth in Partnership
Every Tuesday at 3:30pm

Men's Group
Every 2nd Wednesday at 5pm

Women's Group
Every 2nd Wednesday at 4pm


Click here for instructions on how to join us on Zoom.
YOUTH IN PARTNERSHIP
Kirrip and Edmund Rice Services Mt. Atkinson have partnered to deliver a new cultural program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth living in the City of Melton and aged 12-17 years of age.
We will meet weekly to create new or build upon existing relationships, increase connection to culture, provide opportunities for leadership development and connect with local elders and Aboriginal professionals who will run cultural activities.

Following current COVID19 guidelines for gatherings, we will commence the program online and use Zoom for participants to get to know each other, have a yarn and play games until we can meet face-to-face in a safe COVID normal environment.

Contact us on 8088 0764 for more information or for an enrolment pack. 
WOMEN'S GROUP
Kirrip is excited to announce that Women's group is relaunching online. We will move back to face-to-face format once COVID-19 restrictions ease.
The first session is on Wednesday 21st October, 4pm-5pm.
The second session is on Wednesday 11th November and we have an activity planned for all participants. Mandi Barton will be hosting a wellbeing sand art workshop, so please register your interest so we can prepare and deliver your art pack! 
SUPPORT SERVICES

Foodbank packages
Once per fortnight we receive an order from Foodbank. These are packaged up and available for our community to access with a gold coin donation. The next packages will be available for pick up on Tuesday 20th October. Please contact us if you would like a package - pick up is by appointment only. Read about our Foodbank service here.

Financial assistance
Kirrip is able to provide assistance to our community individuals and families when they are experiencing financial hardship. Assistance can be in the form of a gift card or a bill payment. Some conditions and restrictions apply. Read about our Emergency Financial Assistance here.

Alcohol and other drug support
Kirrip can now refer to an Aboriginal drug and alcohol worker at Odyssey House.

Therapist
Do you need someone to talk to? Kirrip now has a therapist available. James Dokona, who worked with Kirrip prior to COVID-19 is back and running sessions through TeleHealth. Sessions are FREE and are available to individuals, couples and families. Please call us if you have any inquiries or would like to make a booking.

Desktop computers
Kirrip has a number of computers to loan to families who need technology to assist with schooling.
Please contact us as soon as possible so we can see what we can help you with.

Face masks
Do you need a face mask? Please let us know so we can help. We currently have a number of disposable face masks available at no cost.

All of these services are confidential.
CONTACT DETAILS
Phone: 03 8088 0764
Email: yaama@kirripaboriginalcorporation.org
Follow us on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KirripAboriginalCorporation/

Kirrip Aboriginal Corporation acknowledges the people of the Kulin Nation as the traditional custodians of the land in which we live and work. We pay respect to their elders past, present and future.

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