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Rubys graduates taking the lead

Former Rubys clients have been using their experiences for good, mentoring young Indigenous students in Adelaide through the AIME project.

Zak, Ganesh, George and Nicole all attended Uniting Communities’ Rubys reunification program to help young people and their families to work through relationship challenges. They all now volunteer with Rubys, who have assisted them to become part of the project.

AIME is an educational program that gives Indigenous high school students the skills, opportunities and confidence to finish school at the same rate as their peers, and has proven to dramati- cally improve the chances of Indigenous kids finishing school.

The group’s involvement with the AIME project

‘I really enjoy volunteering at Rubys and now through AIME. It’s been great to see others join in to support young Indigenous people coming to Rubys and in the broader community as well.’

George, Rubys volunteer

evolved from the Rubys for Reconciliation community initiative, devised and developed by George, to help ensure that Rubys provides a culturally competent service to Indigenous young people and their families. All of the participants mentoring with the AIME program are part of the Rubys for Reconciliation Advisory Group.

Acting Rubys Service Manager, Mitchell Anderson, says that the service is embracing George’s idea.

‘George is doing a great job to lead this project - the Rubys “United” basketball team wore the Aboriginal flag on our shirts during Reconcili- ation Week and now the AIME project is taking off,’ he says.

Nicole, Ganesh, Zak and George

‘Into the future, we hope to work with a larger group of clients to inform how we can remain culturally aware as we work with young Indigenous people at Rubys.’

Rural carers a focus for research study

Uniting Communities’ relationship with the University of South Australia (UniSA) continues to strengthen this year as we embark on a collaborative research study to examine services and supports available for older care- givers in rural/regional South Australia who are caring for adult children living with disability.

Uniting Communities’ staff, in conjunction with the University’s Centre for Social Change and Helping Hand Aged Care, will form part of the research team looking to identify issues that both prevent and encourage older caregivers in rural regions of the state accessing ageing and disability services. It will also examine approaches to care planning and ways to support people as they undertake this.

Working in the Yorke Pensinsula, the team will work closely with advisory groups of older carers and the people they care for to conduct interviews about their experiences.

Uniting Communities and UniSA’s partnership extends over 14 years. This collaboration has enabled us to develop as a progressive, responsive and innovative community organisation.

As well as participating in these kinds of research studies, Uniting Communities assists UniSA with curriculum development and communicating research outcomes, and welcomes students to undertake work placements to gain real-world industry experience.


The study willl examine older carers’ access to services in regional areas

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