There’s a lot happening at becoming.change, and September was very busy.
Mates on the Move and Prisoners’ Aid.
Very much loving working with social enterprise Mates on the Move on their fundraising dinner. Mates on the Move (for those that haven’t heard) is a social enterprise that diverts paper cups and paper towels from landfill. In the last two years Mates has diverted 275 tonnes from landfill from Mirvac buildings around the city.
The best part is all our workers are ex-prisoners getting their lives back on track.
The fundraising dinner is called the Transforming Lives Dinner, and there’s a video to show how we’re transforming lives.
The partnership between becoming.change and Murawin continues to grow.
Murawin is an Aboriginal owned consulting firm and it’s such a privilege to assist Carol Vale, the owner and proud Dunghutti woman.
In September we delivered some great reports on Aboriginal Water Use in the Murray-Darling Basin.
The really big news is that a project lead by Murawin utalising many of its Aboriginal associates finally had a report published by Prime Minister and Cabinet: Closing the Gap: A Retrospective Review. I was privileged to be involved in writing up the data and the final report with the team. All the voices in the report are Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander. The report confirmed what Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have been saying all along: if you want programs to work, engage earlier and let communities design and deliver services.
From a personal perspective I don’t understand why governments won’t give Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people this basic agency to drive services that work. If we’re prepared to do it in the disability space through the NDIS because it’s a good human rights framework, lets give Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people the same human rights respect.
And speaking of disability, I’ve linked with my old firm WestWood Spice to undertake some really interesting research for the Ageing and Disability Commission on the role of disability advocacy in the NDIS world. There is a call for submissions here.
Looking forward to a very busy October with these projects and more – and at the end of October the Transforming Lives Dinner. There’s still a few tables left – come along and help us transform some lives.