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The Warra-warra kanyi counselling and mentoring program, run by the Warlpiri Youth Development Aboriginal Corporation, is a community-based youth counselling and mentoring service operating from the remote Warlpiri community of Yuendumu. It forms one of the five service branches of the Mt Theo program. Warra-warra kanyi is fully funded by the Personal Helpers and Mentors (PHaMS) initiative, which is facilitated by the Mental Health branch of Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA).
Warra-warra kanyi aims to provide community based counselling and mentoring. This service was developed and delivered in and for Warlpiri communities, to address the on-going risk issues, including substance misuse, domestic violence, suicide, criminal behaviour and assault. This program delivers its services in partnership with the Mt Theo outstation and Jaru pirrjirdi, providing regular counselling and mentoring support to the clients of the outstation to complement the cultural rehabilitation facilitated by elders there. The majority of the counselling and mentoring work done by Warra-warra kanyi occurs in Yuendumu community. Several years of experience and Warlpiri expertise have led to the development of a unique and comprehensive model. The local development of these methods of care have led to a counselling and mentoring model which is culturally appropriate for, and accessed daily by, Warlpiri communities. Furthermore, along with the other service elements of the Mt Theo program, it forms a strong, comprehensive network of care in which no young Warlpiri person struggles with personal difficulty alone.
Warlpiri Youth Development Aboriginal Corporation abstract
Warra-warra kanyi counselling and mentoring service
via Alice Springs NT 0872
Ph: (08) 8956 4188
Fax: (08) 8956 4081