Support Services and Programs
The Warringinee Group provides support and services through:
Access and Support via Home and Community Care (HACC)
• Balee Program – adult planned activities
• Transport to appointments and activities
• Assessment and referral
• Referrals for individual, respite and home care
Cultural Information and Education
• Cultural awareness and education
• Advocacy and access to Aboriginal service providers
• Implementation of cultural awareness initiatives
• Facilitation and promotion of community programs and signatory events; Reconciliation Week and
National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC) Week
• Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Community Controlled Organisations
• Strategy and partnerships development
Download: Warringinee Group flyer(PDF, 110KB)
Balee Program, a local Boon Wurrung word meaning ‘Family’ is the new name and direction for the previously named Planned Activity Group (PAG). This represents the inclusiveness in the local Aboriginal community and is open to the whole family to attend.
This group is held every Friday from 10:00am – 2:00pm at the Mornington Peninsula Shire Community Complex at 10A Pound Road, Hastings (location of the Warringinee Group new office) and is facilitated by Karan Kent, the Mornington Peninsula Shire’s Aboriginal Access and Support Officer.
The group have partnerships with local Mornington Peninsula and Frankston community controlled organisations, service providers and land management authorities. A range of culturally appropriate activities and outings are scheduled throughout the year long program.
For further information please contact:
Karan Kent, Aboriginal Access and Support Officer
Tel: 0417 543 488
Download: Balee Program flyer (available in 2017)
Koori Kids Bush playgroup
The Koori Kids Bush playgroup is held every Tuesday morning from 10:00am – 12:00pm (excluding school holidays) at Willum Warrain Aboriginal Association, 10 Pound Road, Hastings. Taxi vouchers are available for those without transport to come and enjoy the activities.
The playgroup is specifically for 0- 5 year old local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and their families. It offers culturally safe activities that children and their parents and carers can enjoy in a beautiful outdoor setting at the Gathering Place.
Willum Warrain Gathering Place has partnered with the Mornington Peninsula Shire to facilitate a smalltalk project. Families in the bush playgroup at Willum Warrain Gathering Place are helping the Parenting Research Centre find out how well smalltalk fits in an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander playgroup.
The aim of smalltalk is to share strategies and ideas that families can use to support their child’s language and early learning. Smalltalk talks about how families can provide a stimulating environment and interact in ways that enhance children’s language and learning, building on what families are doing already. It also shares ideas on how parents and carers can look after themselves and connect with community. Parents and carers who attend with their children have agreed to try these ideas at home and give feedback on how it’s going.
This project is being conducted in partnership with Willum Warrain Aboriginal Association and the Mornington Peninsula Shire Council’s child and family services. The playgroup and project are funded by the Victorian Government Department of Education and Training.
Download: Koori Kids Bush playgroup flyerKoori Kids Bush playgroup flyer(PDF, 664KB)