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Grant builds connections and community for Sydney mob

21-February-2024

Grant funding from Aboriginal Affairs NSW has supported more than 50 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to participate in a six-month mentoring program in Sydney.

The $250,000 Community and Place Grant, provided to Tranby Aboriginal Co-Operative in Glebe, also supported the community organisation to run events for more than 1,400 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people including Cook’n’Yarn, Paint’n’Yarn and Weave’n’Yarn’ sessions.

Tranby partnered with Mentoring Men, a not-for-profit based in Sydney, to deliver the counselling program.

The grant is supporting Tranby to close the gap, addressing targets including improving the mental health of Aboriginal people and supporting young people to be engaged in employment and education.

Established in 1957, Tranby is an Aboriginal-led co-operative that supports Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people through education and skills development.

“Closing the Gap programs work best when they are designed, led and run by Aboriginal people,” said Deputy Secretary Shane Hamilton. “This grant delivers on our Closing the Gap Implementation Plan by empowering Aboriginal people, communities and organisations to lead change.”

“The Mentoring our Mob program is all about supporting Aboriginal people to be connected to their culture while engaged in employment or education,” said Tranby Project Manager Emma Griggs.

The free program included yarning circles and one-on-one mentoring for participants.

"Mentoring our Mob has helped me to connect with myself and learn from others,” said one participant. “My mentor has given me the confidence to do things I have been holding back on for a long time. I would definitely recommend this program.”

"I have been living in this suburb for nearly 12 months and have not met one other Aboriginal person,” said a Paint'n'Yarn participant. “I am so glad that I RSVP'd and came along, I have met so many new friends today.”

"Cook'n'Yarn was so much fun, we need to have more of these sessions for our Mob. It’s such a great way to get together and support one another,” said a Cook 'n' Yarn participant.

Applications for Community and Place Grants have now closed, however applications for Aboriginal Affairs NSW Cultural Grants 2023-24 are open now and close on Monday 26 February 2024.




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