Community Development

The BCRG Community Development Project aims to research and identify the needs of the local community and develop programs and services to address these needs.

This objective is achieved through:

The Community Development Project strives to sustain and build on community service networks and partnerships to promote best practice and delivery of services. The project is engaged with the following organisations and interagency groups through projects resources, support and information exchange:

Aboriginal Community Projects
BCRG continues to work with the local Aboriginal community through the following projects:

Guring Gang Playgroup
  

The Guring Gang playgroup works with Aboriginal families with children aged 0-5. The project aims to resource parents with the skills to encourage them to effectively engage in their children’s early learning experiences. Program activities focus on developing children’s social skills, providing a preschool like experience for the children and their families and giving families the opportunity to meet other Aboriginal families with young children in their local area.

The Guring Gang playgroup has been running since 2006. Since its establishment, children and their families have enjoyed a number of activities including story telling by Local Elders, Aboriginal dancing sessions, personal book making, traditional weaving, puppet making and excursions to museums, farms and libraries. Some of the guest speakers have included health workers, the fire brigade and Aboriginal sporting figures.

Currently the playgroup runs every Thursday during school term from 10:00am to 12:00pm at the BCRG office.
If you would like to find out more or would like to participate in the program, please call the Community Development Officer.
The Guring Gang Playgroup is funded by the Family and Community Services Aboriginal Child Youth and Family Strategy.

Aboriginal Women’s Hope Group

These retreats have been an opportunity for Aboriginal women from the Bankstown area to come together and form social and cultural links with one and other. In 2011 the retreat was held at the Hawkesbury Valley area. In 2012 the retreat took place at Gibber Gunyah Lodge at Picton. Across the weekends there have been art workshops, massage, a yarning circle, bush walks and cultural talks.

Black Santa X’mas Party


The first of its kind in Bankstown, the Black Santa X’mas Party first took place in December 2010 at Paul Keating Park. As long as funding is available, we will make this wonderful event happening every year. The invitation was cast to all Aboriginal children under 12 years and their families across Bankstown, to come together and celebrate Christmas.

The event has been supported by funds from the Bankstown City Council, the Clubs NSW – CDSE grants and the Smith Family Community For Children Program. Activities have included a jumping castle, face painting, arts and craft workshops, free lunch, reptile show, and of course the appearance of Black Santa, bearing gifts for all children present.

 

We also support the following community groups through the Community Development Project:

Maltese of Bankstown

The CDO project resources and supports a social group of Maltese residents from the Bankstown Local Government area. The group has been meeting at BCRG once a month over the last 10 years. This is a social group where participants enjoy a variety of activities including picnics, day trips, and listening to guest speakers discuss a range of topics, including health, fire safety, depression, and carer’s role.

The group is open to anyone interested in attending from a Maltese background. They meet once a month, alternating between Wednesday and Thursdays. If you are interested in attending or finding out more about this group, please contact the Community Development Officer.

Al Btool Group

The Al Btool group is an incorporated organisation which aims to support the well being of Iraqi muslim women. Programs range from sewing, swimming, Zumba, health and nutrition and outings. For more information please contact Zanab on 0420 393 332.

Black Santa X’mas Party


The first of its kind in Bankstown, the Black Santa X’mas Party first took place in December 2010 at Paul Keating Park. As long as funding is available, we will make this wonderful event happening every year. The invitation was cast to all Aboriginal children under 12 years and their families across Bankstown, to come together and celebrate Christmas.

The event has been supported by funds from the Bankstown City Council, the Clubs NSW – CDSE grants and the Smith Family Community For Children Program. Activities have included a jumping castle, face painting, arts and craft workshops, free lunch, reptile show, and of course the appearance of Black Santa, bearing gifts for all children present.

 

Further more, the following are examples of completed projects, some with useful resources for the community:

Koori Culture for Kids

Koori Culture for Kids was a structured cultural program for Aboriginal children under 5 years living in the Bankstown area. This program included workshops of traditional Aboriginal culture, music and dance, contemporary Aboriginal dance, a visit from the Taronga Zoomobile and a performance from the famous Yarramundi Puppets.

The program was supported by Bankstown CDSE Committee via Revesby Workers Club.

Professional Support Forum

The forum was funded by the Aboriginal Child, Youth and Family Strategy, of Community Services. The aim of the forum was to bring together professionals working with Aboriginal children under 5 years, and for those workers to make links and share information with one and other. The forum helped develop partnerships, identify existing gaps and generally improve service delivery to the Aboriginal community in South West Sydney.

The Professional Support Forum took place every second month in Campbelltown.

The forum also provided Early Words Training sessions to forum members, an early literacy resource specifically adapted for Aboriginal families.

The Bongo Roadshow

As a follow on from the success of the ‘Baby Steps to Literacy’ project, this project allowed the character of ‘Bongo’ and the literacy resource, ‘Bongo’s Big Day Out’ to go out to the wider community of Bankstown.
An early literacy program was developed around the ‘Bongo’s Big Day Out’ book and a facilitator delivered the program to various early childhood settings, including child care centres, playgroups, and local libraries.

A new version of “Bongo Big Day Out” will be uploaded soon.

Our Journey My Story


This project worked with Aboriginal families with children 0-5 years old living in South West Sydney. The aim of the project was to enhance the cultural confidence of Aboriginal parents by increasing their understanding and knowledge of family ties, Aboriginal culture and traditional parenting practices.
The focus of the project was on highlighting the vital role that oral story telling plays in educating children about life. Through this project, participating families have developed personal ‘literacy dilly bags’ containing a child’s personal story in the way of a book, puppets of tribal totems, a collection of Elder stories and family photographs.

A DVD has been produced, documenting the production of the literacy Dilly Bags that were created.

View the video below.

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