Growing Early Minds was thrilled to be involved in Ngallu Wal’s NAIDOC celebration on Wednesday, 11 July 2018. In line with the theme “Because of her, we can!” we took some time aside as a team to reflect on all the valuable contributions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women.
Throughout the day we got to see many friendly faces from our Supported Playgroup and School Readiness programs who came over to say hello and have a play. The community was really engaged with our services, our therapists were there for families to chat to, to ask them questions about their child’s development and get some tips and strategies that they could implement at home.
When we weren’t chatting with the community, we were modelling different shapes and animals with the children using clay which doubled, unknowingly, as an early intervention therapy. Children got to strengthen and practice their fine motor skills while they squished, rolled and moulded the clay. Clay is a raw material and resource from the environment and is used by Aboriginal people in many ways. We felt this was culturally appropriate and not your stereotypical activity.
“It was a really successful day, we couldn’t have asked for better weather, the community was really excited about our current programs we run in Ngallu Wal, so much so we completely ran out of flyers,” said Sophia Goodwin, Occupational Therapist and Operations Lead at Growing Early Minds.
We’re incredibly lucky to be partnered with one of the leading Aboriginal Child and Family Centres. The Ngallu Wal team are really passionate about providing family support to meet the needs of the Aboriginal community, and so are we.
Growing Early Minds would like to acknowledge all the incredible Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women that we have in our team, our broader company, networks and of course our families. #becauseofherwecan