Njernda Aboriginal Corporation is taking significant steps in the development and implementation of a service network that provides a range of culturally specific and holistic programs and services, tailor made for the needs of our community. In doing so, we have identified the need to provide ‘healing strategies’ for our children, youth, adults, Elders and families. Our Yakapna Centre is seen as an enormous step, in meeting the needs of our community by working in the “best interests” of our families and children, maintaining the family unit; enhancing cultural, family and community connections; providing preventive education for the future; ensuring access to a range of culturally sound services; and making “real and lasting change” that will last beyond the service. This holistic model of care is based on self healing through trust, honesty, communication and accountability.
To provide an Intensive Support Service coupled with Culturally Sensitive Therapeutic Practices preventing the need for children to be placed away from home because of safety concerns; or enabling the safe return of children to the care of their family following placement in the out of home care system. The changes to be made will be significant, inspired by cultural strength and knowledge and be lasting.
As previously stated, our Yakapna Centre is a Healing Journey involving both a residential and educative Program, providing families with an opportunity of living on the premises fully supported, on a 24/7 basis, whilst learning a range of important skills and strategies which enable families to identify and draw on their own strengths.