A partnership between Homelessness NSW,
Domestic Violence NSW and Yfoundations

Aboriginal Cultural Competency Standards Train the Trainer Project

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The Industry Partnership of the three homelessness peaks have now launched the Aboriginal Cultural Competency Standards Train the Trainer Project.

About: In August 2017, the Industry Partnership convened a sector wide forum on addressing Aboriginal homelessness which resulted in the development of a three-year strategy with actions to better address Aboriginal homelessness and support Aboriginal staff and clients. It was recognised that the delivery of these actions could be achieved through the implementation of the Community Housing for Aboriginal People (CHAP) 2016, Aboriginal Cultural Competency Standards.

The Industry Partnership Train the Trainer Project aligns strongly with the Redressing Aboriginal Homelessness Accord (developed by the Aboriginal Reference Group) and over the next two years this Project will aim to upskill and support Aboriginal SHS staff to deliver an overview of these Standards to their own SHS organisation and other SHS organisations in the sector. SHS will also have an opportunity to attend focussed and comprehensive training workshops on each individual CHAP standard to support their organisation to achieving integrated cultural competency.

Please watch this Overview Webinar clearly detailing information on the project, including intended outcomes. It is mandatory that you watch this Overview Webinar before nominating to be involved in the Project.

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How to get involved as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander SHS worker wishing to be trained as a trainer: After watching the Overview Webinar, you will need to complete the online nomination form, which includes having your manager sign the consent form for your involvement.

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Nominations for this round of trainers will close on 10 August, 2018. A selection panel, made up of the Aboriginal Homelessness Reference Group Chair and the Aboriginal Homelessness Community of Practice Chair and consultant Adell Hyslop, will review all complete nomination forms. Successful applicants will be informed via email by 16 August, 2018.

How to get involved as an SHS interested in undertaking the training: The newly trained trainers will be available to deliver a one-day overview workshop to SHS from 22 October 2018 onwards. These overview workshops will give an introduction to all of the CHAP standards and provide participants with strategies that can be applied to their organisation to start a conversation on the standards. After undertaking this overview workshop, an SHS will be able to pursue their self-assessment and may choose to attend further training on each individual standard so they may reach compliance with the CHAP standards. Undertaking this overview workshop is your organisation's first step toward addressing the gaps you may have in SHS cultural competency.

If an SHS wishes to host an overview webinar, they are invited to submit an expression of interest to us (luciag@shssectordev.org.au). We will then engage a trainer in your district to deliver the training to your SHS. We will send all training materials. The requesting SHS is expected to organise the venue and catering.

Finally, we encourage you to pledge your support and sign up to the Redressing Aboriginal Homelessness Accord recently developed by the NSW SHS Aboriginal Reference Group. There are currently 39 organisations who have pledged their support for the Accord. The Accord is intended to be an active, guiding document toward your organisation’s support of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Read more and pledge your support here.