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What We Do


ACSS Programs
 
The programs of Aboriginal Catholic Services (ACS) ensure justice and equality for Aboriginal People.

ACS supports ATSI people in this area through various comprehensive, and culturally appropriate programs designed to help contribute to their social well-being and attainment of self-sufficiency.

ACS Team Members:

  • Organise Welcome to Country and Cultural Performances for school/community events;
  • Provide social justice, cultural awareness and educational talks for school students and community;
  • Provide support and advocacy eg, DoCS Courts, Housing, Centrelink etc.
  • Visit prisons, homes and hospitals;
  • Are involved in Circle Sentencing Court (two Members);
  • Develop leadership and organisational skills through participation in comprehensive training workshops.

Other programs run by ACS Team Members include:

HOUSING AND EMPLOYMENT SUPPORT        

  • The services provided in this area include liaising with the Housing Department on behalf of Aboriginal applicants, attending appointments with them, and assisting with relocation when accommodation becomes available.
  • ACS also provides this assistance to female Aboriginals on their release from the Bolwarra Transitional Centre, especially those who lack family support, through liaison with the Correctional Centre Aboriginal Liaison Officer and the appropriate social agencies.

PARTNERSHIPS

ACS is constantly strengthening its presence in Western Sydney and has partnerships with various bodies in the area. This enables ACSS to expand its level of service delivery tot he Aboriginal community through referrals to these agencies, where appropriate.Current partnerships include:

  • Penrith Women's Health Centre.
  • The Men's Shed.
  • Carers NSW Indigenous Program. 
  • South West Sydney Area Health.

In addition, ACS works with representatives of Non-Government organisations and Government Departments who are able to provide information, advice and support on particular issues.

ACS also runs a number of unique services, covering art therapy workshops (to help participants deal with family and domestic violence), prison outreach, housing and employment support and Kinship Carers.

ACSS programs at a glance
Young People's Skills

Connecting through Art Program – Art and Yarning and Healing

Prison Outreach

Housing & Employment Support

Grandparents and Kinship Group