Kira, is a 17 year old girl living with her parents in Derby. Kira’s family has been struggling with family mental health and substance abuse issues, her father and aunt approached MADALAH seeking a safe and quiet place and positive influences. They had heard about the ERA program from the Derby ERA Community Facilitator Support Worker. When Kira returned home after completing her last two years of high school at boarding school in Perth, they came with her to have a look.
She was not engaged in any study or work so our CFSW assisted her with information about enrolment at Kimberley Training Institute and advised about Centrelink eligibility. A week later when Kira returned to complete her entry she had enrolled in a short course in Administration and had secured Youth Allowance.
Our Life Skills Assessment alerted us to Kiras desire to get her driver’s licence, help with budgeting and to find a job. In conversation she has expressed a desire to keep painting. CFSW instigated driver’s lessons and budget conversations. Kira has been working on the ERA Art Engagement Project to paint the front wall panel of the Womens house.
In the first week the CFSW also engaged the Winan Ngari Youth Engagement Program caseworker, helped with enrolment documents for TAFE and has linked Kira with another participant who referred her for a casual job at the Dambimangari Aboriginal Corporation’s Warimba Deli. She started work as a shop assistant on a casual basis and with our support has negotiated hours to fit around her TAFE studies.
Ongoing support has been provided by both CFSW and RSW’s acting as go-between with Kira’s parents, in particular her father who is relived that she has a safe and supported home. Kira is happy that she has her own personal space and is offered assistance in getting to and from work, events such as community free movie nights, to and from her dad’s house whilst transitioning and to help her continue with her studies and painting.See more success stories