What type of organisation are we?
We are a not for not for profit charity and incorporated, solely Aboriginal controlled organisation.
In 1997 the Aboriginal Advancement Council and a ‘Project Inception Working Party’ of Aboriginal community and other stakeholders identified the need for an Aboriginal street level service to address the issues of young people at risk frequenting the streets late at night and early hours of the mornings. Our client group are Aboriginal persons who are in public spaces and are at significant risk of coming in contact with justice system. We ensure that Aboriginal people(s) social and welfare needs in public spaces are supported.
At risk refers to:
• Being at risk to themselves or others in the community, risk of physical or moral harm, becoming a victim of crime, the effects of alcohol or drug misuse, and mental health conditions.
• Homeless or at risk of homelessness living on the streets,
• People who require support to access detox facilities/or return to their families,
• People who require medical treatment (eg: renal dialysis, mental health, etc.), and are frequenting public spaces.
• Being moved on from public spaces by the law enforcement due to social and welfare issues and being at risk of breaching their move on orders.
• Unable to access mainstream services to meet their essential needs.
Service Delivery models:
• NOS is the only Aboriginal organisation operating outside the normal working hours of welfare services on Friday and Saturday nights between the hours of 8pm and 4am .
• Working closely in collaboration with social welfare and justice agencies.
• Active contributor to policy and planning work relevant to the provision of street level services and advocates strongly on the behalf of clients which often have drawn attention to issues and gaps in services, particularly in relation to the needs of the homeless and youth.
• Provision of diversionary strategies and transport to safer places
• Early mediation interventions in public spaces to prevent and resolve violence and conflicts in public spaces.
• Assisting local and remote Aboriginal people who have been displaced or affected by substance abuse and are likely to fall out of the medical system with advocacy and transport to safer places.
• Assisting Aboriginal people coming into contact with WA Police or the criminal justice system as a result of unmet social and welfare needs.
• Providing information and referrals to appropriate agencies and services to assist with unmet needs. This includes a wide range of services related to social well being, medical and physical safety programs.
• Coordinate donated resources to eliminate poverty (blankets, care packs, clothes, food) in public spaces.
• Providing ongoing support and advocacy to Aboriginal people with complex social and welfare needs.
• Strongly advocating for people who are significantly disadvantaged and are marginalised within the mainstream community to secure appropriate services.
• Participating in strategic level planning for the development of strategies and co-ordination of services within service precincts.
• Participation in various strategic forums to provide input to social policy development for the betterment of Aboriginal people.
More importantly, we strive to assisting young people to become our future leaders by providing one to one support with education and guidance to achieve the personal goals to reach their full potential.
Thanks in advance for your contribution to these causes that means so much to Nyoongar Outreach Services as an Aboriginal Controlled Organisation dedicated to helping Aboriginal people in Western Australia.
- Graham Hay
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