YSAS - Bunjilwarra

Who are we?
Bunjilwarra is a unique residential cultural service that provides a caring and healing environment for Victorian Aboriginal youth. This grant will enhance the Bunjilwarra experience for young people and their families through improved connections to culture, family/kin and physical wellbeing.
Pete Dawson, Bunjilwarra Clinical Lead/Co-Manager
YSAS - Bunjilwarra
Bunjilwarra is a 12 bed state-wide Aboriginal youth drug and alcohol healing service situated on 6 acres in the South East of Melbourne in the township of Hastings. Bunjilwarra has been operating as a partnership model between Victorian Aboriginal Health Service (VAHS) and Youth Support and Advocacy (YSAS) since 2014.
What are we doing?

Bunjilwarra Youth Healing

The Just Futures grant will be used for the construction of two studio units which will provide safe and comfortable self-contained accommodation options for family visits and for visiting cultural practitioners to engage with Aboriginal youth who are engaged or at high risk of engagement with the justice system. In addition the funding will support the construction of an undercover all-weather outdoor activity area which will provide much needed multi-purpose space for activities including physical exercise, group work, play, drama, dance and other activities.

What are the impact areas we aim to work within?
Impact Area
Justice & safety
First Nations populations
Other Areas
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