The Wellways Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) has been officially endorsed by Reconciliation Australia and is now available on the Wellways website. While officially launched this week, the reconciliation with our First People is already underway with a commitment to closing the gap and addressing injustice.
This week across Wellways offices throughout eastern Australia, staff will be celebrating the RAP launch with events promoting reconciliation, greater understanding and continuing associations with Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander people.
Wellways CEO Elizabeth Crowther said this officially acknowledged the organisation’s commitment to reconciliation. “The RAP document helps us support the reconciliation movement and includes a timetable of events and actions to continuously transform our culture and the services we deliver.
“We are building strong and respectful relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people,” she said. “We will also be creating meaningful opportunities with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, which includes health programs and employment.”
The RAP includes a range of actions which will strengthen Wellways’ commitment to reconciliation, guiding formal processes of acknowledgement and developing culturally appropriate policies and practices. It includes practical actions that will drive the Wellways contribution to reconciliation both internally and in the communities in which we operate.
Bowling for reconciliation
The Wellways team at Shoalhaven, NSW, are already building community links and a partnership with the Djuwin Mudjiingaalbaraga Men’s Group. Wellways recently went to a Barefoot Bowls day and has donated $3000 toward camping gear for their cultural camping groups. The Men’s Group are an evolving group in the Nowra area and one that embraces the idea that all people are welcome.