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Bundji Bundji
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Bundji Bundji:
From the indigenous Queensland tribal dialect word meaning “strong mateship”.

Bundji Bundji Mission

To empower Indigenous young people by providing culturally appropriate support and advocacy and facilitating a sense of identity through spiritual, cultural and community reconnection.

What Do We Offer?

The Bundji Bundji Partnership provides an outreach support service for Indigenous young people who are involved in the Youth Justice System.

Bundji Bundji is a voluntary program which aims to bring Indigenous young people closer to their communities, culture and traditions and offers support by providing:

  • Advocacy and support in courts
  • Consistent, trusting & supportive relationships
  • Visits and other supports when in Youth Justice facilities

Crucial skills (self esteem, personal strength, sense of responsibility) necessary to the transition process from institutional life to life in the community

Linkages to programs run by partner organisations including mentoring, employment, cultural and spiritual awareness programs

Who are the Young People?

Bundji Bundji is available to Indigenous young people residing in the North-West region of Melbourne, aged 10-21 years of age who are:

In custody at Melbourne Youth Justice Centre and Parkville Youth Residential Centre

Serving community-based orders in the North/West metropolitan Melbourne

‘At risk’ of entering the Youth Justice System

It is recognised that many of these young people often transition from city to rural settings.

Our Partners

Maya Living Free Healing Association

Maya is an Indigenous not-for-profit healing centre which focuses programs around Aboriginal spiritual beliefs. Maya concentrates on treating the symptoms that are derived from the trauma, grief and loss that experienced by indigenous people, such as addiction, family breakdown and health.

Maya’s Indigenous Youth Leadership program’s vision is to aid healing, encourage and assist Indigenous young people to discover the power of their identity through strengthening their relationship to land, spirit, culture and community, therefore empowering leadership for the future of Indigenous communities.

Narana Aboriginal Cultural Centre

Narana Creations is an Australian Aboriginal cultural tourism & educational Enterprise that is committed to providing a welcome entree to today’s Indigenous culture. Narana Creations is a division of the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress that is the Aboriginal arm of the Uniting Church in Australia. The emphasis is on building healthy relationships and developing a shared understanding. The Congress is wholly controlled by Aboriginal people and works with Aboriginal people building self-reliance and a new future. www.narana.com.au

Bundji Bundji Relocation

The Bundji Bundji program has relocated from Parkville to the Minajalku Centre in Thornbury.

13 Rossmoyne Street
Thornbury VIC 3071

Tel: 03 9445 0770
Fax: 03 9480 1186

Direct Lines:

Aboriginal Services Manager
Thelma Austin
thelma.austin@whitelion.asn.au
0448 096 047

Tiddas Coordinator
Ashlee Luttrell
ashlee.luttrell@whitelion.asn.au
03 9445 0768

Northern Coordinator
Arthur Ellis
arthur.ellis@whitelion.asn.au
03 9445 0769

 

 

 

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