“It’s been a long road getting here, as I reflect back to my first days I remember feeling overwhelmed by the task ahead… One thing that stands out for me is that I maybe one worker but I’ve never been alone throughout this entire journey, I’ve relied on those around me over the years, as they have relied on me to do the job”. [Rebecca Welsh]
Goranwarrabul House has been one of the greatest achievements to come from the Lower Hume Aboriginal Health & Wellbeing Program (formally known as the Lower Hume Closing The Health Gap Project), and is a great example of community feedback leading to key stakeholders listening and responding with meaningful intentions and actions.
A ‘place’ for the community was never part of the original plan but with the support, hard work and determination of key agencies, staff and community members that were involved in the Closing The Health Gap Project, it became a reality. It truly was an unexpected outcome for everyone involved!
Over the years Goranwarrabul House has been transformed from a dusty unused building to a bright, colourful, and welcoming space; it’s a culturally safe space for the worker to continue building a rapport and trust with Aboriginal people / community whilst supporting their growth and development and enhancing their capacity to participate in, link-in with and/or connect to:
In addition to supporting local needs, Goranwarrabul House has become very well known around the region; it’s often a first point of contact for both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal workers who are visiting, are new to the area, or are sourcing local information.
To mark this occasion and acknowledge this milestone we have made a video that captures the story of Goranwarrabul House and it’s importance in the community.