David Wirrpanda Foundation

Cnr Richmond and Oxford Street, Leederville   (08) 9242 6700
Overview

To improve the outlook for Aboriginal Australians we must work together to reduce the gap between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people in our society. We can achieve this by empowering and building capacity among Aboriginal people and their communities.

In Brief
  • Organisation Type: Foundation
In Detail

The Foundation exists to improve the quality of life for Aboriginal people by promoting strong role models and healthy life choices. This is the basis for all of our mentoring programs. The focus is to increase the retention of Aboriginal students in school, and improve their life choices after leaving school by encouraging further study or entry into the workforce.

The Foundation now employs 18 fulltime and 18 part time role models and has a team of dedicated volunteers. This year has seen DWF staff and role models undertake a variety of training to ensure quality delivery of our programs. Mentors have completed Senior First Aid, Food Cents course, Certificate 3 in Drug and Alcohol Counselling training, Suicide Prevention training, Nuts and Bolts, Moorditj Training (sexual health) from Family Planning WA.

The Foundation has a dual responsibility to not only develop and deliver its program but to build capacity amongst the staff.has established six successful programs in Perth, regional areas in Western Australia as well as in Victoria and New South Wales.

Since commencing operations in 2005, the Foundation has established six successful programs in Perth, regional areas in Western Australia as well as in Victoria and New South Wales.