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Aboriginal Family Support Services joins Toward Home Alliance

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Aboriginal Family Support Services joins Toward Home Alliance

The Toward Home Alliance (THA) is delighted to welcome Aboriginal Family Support Services (AFSS) into the Alliance.

AFSS has a long history of championing the needs and self-determination of Aboriginal people and communities in South Australia.

AFSS is an Aboriginal community-controlled organisation delivering a significant portfolio of specialist children and family, NDIS and community services across the state. Its inclusion in the THA enhances the Alliance’s commitment to Aboriginal-led, strength-based, culturally responsive services, and the self determination of Aboriginal people and communities.

As a member of THA, AFSS will provide cultural governance, case management and assertive outreach services to Aboriginal people at-risk of and experiencing homelessness..

With AFSS’ cultural leadership and guidance, THA reaffirms our commitment as an ally and champion of challenging system and service barriers that marginalise and negatively impact on Aboriginal people and communities, through:

  • Aboriginal Cultural Governance, ensuring culturally responsive and accountable service delivery and decision making.
  • Aboriginal Specific Service Delivery, through Wardli-ana, and designated Aboriginal specific positions.
  • Proportionate funding, so funding for Aboriginal specific service delivery is equal to or greater than the representation of Aboriginal community members accessing THA services.
  • Continual improvement and service evolution, funding and resourcing continues to be guided by evidence, data and performance.

“On behalf of the Alliance Leadership Team, THA would like to extend our gratitude and appreciation to the Aboriginal Advisory Group, which consisted of Aboriginal leaders and staff for their cultural leadership, authority and oversight of this process,” Rohan Feegrade, CEO of lead agency Lutheran Care says.

Alliance Senior Manager, Shaya Nettle says “THA is deeply committed to tackling racism, stigma and system and service barriers experienced by Aboriginal people and communities. Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations (ACCOs) are central to driving self-determination and agency for Aboriginal people and communities, and we are looking forward to walking with AFSS on this journey.

“The entire Alliance team is looking forward to building our relationship with Aboriginal Family Support Services and our partners to grow services for Aboriginal people and community throughout 2023.”

AFSS joins fellow Alliance partners Baptist Care SA, Mission Australia, The Salvation Army, Sonder, Hutt St Centre and Lead Agency Lutheran Care alongside government partner the South Australian Housing Authority.

For media enquiries, please contact:   Lutheran Care (Lead Agency) Head of Public Relations, Katrina Ranford – [email protected] |  0420 786 782