Child and Youth Focused Events

 Northern Regional Forum

“Working Better with Nunga Kids was one of the best workshops I have ever attended”  

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The Northern Regional Forum: Keeping Families Safe – Working with Children’ was presented by the Inner North and North East Violence Against Women and Homelessness Working Group on November 28, 2018.  Relationships Australia South Australia was a key organiser and presented the following sessions: Family Violence experiences for children, responding with Mind, Body and SpiritHow Do We Work with Boys who have been Impacted by FDV? and Working Better with Nunga Kids.   

One hundred and fifteen attendees rated the overall forum a 4.3 out of 5, with around half reporting an increase in confidence to initiate conversations with young people who have experienced violence and, in their ability, to respond to families who had an experience of family violence. Most attendees (76%) reported the forum met their individual and cultural needs “well” or better and an overwhelming 96% said they would attend again.  

This event was funded through ticket sales.  

Share our passion for developing minds 

A baby’s brain grows at one million neuronal connections per second

During Infant Mental Health Awareness Week from 10-16 June 2019 an information session was held for interested parents and professionals to learn about our current research, training and resource development work in this area. At the event the free web-based resource Let’s Talk about Conflict (written by Centre for Social and Early Emotional Development, Deakin University and produced by Relationships Australia South Australia) was launched.  

Presentations highlighted recent research undertaken with Deakin University about work with mothers and infants who are homeless and have experienced Family and Domestic Violence. Operational practice insights developed from participating in this research were also shared, as well as information about Infant Mental Health literacy training with community service providers and families 

 Children’s Week 2018 

What is important to children visiting the Salisbury, Elizabeth, Hindmarsh and Port Adelaide offices?   ‘My Family’, ‘My Teddie’ and ‘My Friends’ feature prominently!  

Across these offices and our suite of children’s services children were provided with an opportunity to share their views on ‘something that is important to you’.  Paper leaves were given to the children to write their answers on, and all children received a small gift bag.  The 53 responses were celebrated and honoured through the creation of trees filled with the children’s responses and serve as a continuing reminder of children’s priorities.  

Youth Homelessness Matters Day 2019 

Professionals from over 25 organisations attended the Youth Homelessness Matters Day   

This event, organised by the Northern Homelessness and Violence Against Women Working Group, left professionals with increased confidence in having conversations with young people impacted by homelessness, as well as improved knowledge of, and ability to make a referral to, services available for these young people.   

Much positive and constructive feedback called for a repeat event, with even more of the same – bringing in allied groups from outside of the homelessness sector such as charities, politicians, community members, funding bodies and the voices of young people themselves.

“A wealth of knowledge in one place – awesome!” 

Singing, Walking, Talking our Sorry  

National Sorry Day in the North 2019 

To make time for reflection on this years’ Sorry Day, a public ceremony was held at the Stolen Generations Memorial and Healing Garden in Andrews Farm, followed by a moving and emotional Stolen Generations Honour Walk through John Hartley Primary School.  The walk was filled with art, and children sung a song they had written themselves as Stolen Generations Members passed through.

To solidify the students’ commitment to contributing to the healing of the Stolen Generation, Melissa Ruthen, Relationships Australia South Australia (RASA) Community Projects Coordinator, facilitated the recording of the song, as well as the responses of ten students to the questions ‘What does Sorry Day mean to you?’, ‘What message do you hope people will hear by listening to your song’ and ‘How do you feel about recording at Northern Sound System?’.

“I hope that they hear that we’re sorry for taking their rights”  – Student participant 

 

“This day will never be forgotten. Any prayer is that there will be many more days like this” – Cynthia 

 

“Thank you, such a privilege to be able to tell my story today” – Aunty Vicky

 

“Great Day! The stolen generation ceremony was emotional, but we need to keep recognising and not forget about the Stolen Generation Survivors.” –  Leslie

The event was collaboratively organised by the National Sorry Day in the North Committee. City of Playford, City of Salisbury, Relationships Australia South Australia, Uniting Communities and Anglicare contributed funds to this event.