Tharawal Social and Emotional Wellbeing
187 Riverside Drive, Airds, NSW 2560
Tharawal has employed a team of passionate people to help their local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community better manage social and emotional wellbeing. The team is made up of a Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, 2 x Mental Health Workers (Male and Female), Psychologist and a Youth Worker.
What is Social and Emotional Wellbeing?
The term “social and emotional wellbeing” is used by many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to describe the social, emotional, spiritual, and cultural wellbeing of a person.
The term recognises that connection to land, culture, spirituality, family, and community are important to people and can impact on their wellbeing.
It also recognises that a person’s social and emotional wellbeing is influenced by policies and past events.
There are many different factors that can impact on a person’s social and emotional wellbeing.
These can range from normal everyday stresses to major life events.
Supporting and promoting the social, emotional, spiritual, and cultural wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island people and community.
We work from a belief that connection to land, culture, spirituality, family, and community are important to people and impact their wellbeing.
- Case management
- Case coordination
- Mental health
- Physical health
- National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)
- Emergency relief
- Community Support
- Art therapy
- Social Work
- Drug and Alcohol
We accept referrals from individuals and services within the community. Individuals can contact us to discuss the support we can provide on 02 4624 9430. Services can fill out our referral form and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please click on the referral processes below for more information
“In my experience working with people I have found that grief is one of the most difficult emotions to deal with and can be a complex issue. It is important to realise that grief is a very normal response to losing a loved one from you life.
It can present as teariness, reduced motivation and reduced enjoyment of recreational activities and, if unrecognized and unaddressed, can develop into violence, drug and alcohol abuse, social withdrawal and depression.
Despite this, I believe that grief, when managed properly, has the power to strengthen communities and relationships by drawing people together to support each other.
If you are having any troubles with grief or any other emotional or psychological difficulties, please speak to your GP to arrange a referral to see Lynette Toms, our psychologist at Tharawal.
Social Support Program
What is the Social Support Program?
Tharawal Aboriginal Corporation’s holistic approach to “Aboriginal health” means not just the physical well-being of an individual but refers to the social, emotional and cultural well-being of the whole community in which each individual is able to achieve their full potential as a human being thereby bringing about the total well-being of their community.
It is a whole of life view and includes the cyclical concept of life-death-life. As defined in NACCHO’s Constitution as amended 9 March 2006 also from the National Aboriginal Health Strategy (NAHS) 1989.
Our community consists of generally large extended families that have multiple generations living with or within close proximity of each other.
There is no “one size fits all”, our family’s needs range and the level of support will differ from family to family. Many of our families have complex needs and a multitude of issues that span generations (Transgenerational Trauma)
The social support program is a program to assist people with various social issues working with internal and external services to provide the best service possible for individuals, families and the wider community. We provide support services, advocacy, referral pathways, emergency relief and more through the Social Support Program.
Outreach Services at Tharawal Aboriginal Corporation – Located in the SEWB Building
NSW Housing – Every Tuesday 10:00am–3:30pm
Centrelink – Wednesday Fortnightly 10:00am–12:00pm
SMART Recovery – Wednesdays 1:00pm-2:30pm
NDIS – 1st Wednesday of each month 10:00am-12:00pm
Legal Advice – Every Thursday of each month – 10:00am-12:00pm
Murumittigar Community Finance – Every Friday 9.30am-3.00pm
SMART Recovery – Fridays 2:00pm-3:30pm
Tharawal Aboriginal Corporation have an Emergency Relief Program under the Social Support Program which assists community members experiencing financial difficulty. Eligibility will be determined based on the assessment. We provide 3 types of Emergency Relief assistance at Tharawal Aboriginal Corporation; food assistance, electricity & gas assistance and Telstra Assistance. Each of the assistance schemes have their own eligibility criteria and timeframes for eligibility based on policies and funding requirements.
What assistance is available in Emergency Relief?
The Food assistance is for people experiencing financial crisis. This scheme is not available on an ongoing basis.
Please Note: You may not be eligible for Food Assistance if you have received Food Vouchers within a 3-month period however, the Social Support Worker may be able to refer you to another service who may be able to assist with either vouchers or food hampers.
ELECTRICITY AND GAS VOUCHERS EAPA (ENERGY ACCOUNTS PAYMENT ASSISTANCE) SCHEME:
The Energy Accounts Payment Assistance (EAPA) Scheme helps people experiencing a short term financial crisis or emergency to pay their electricity or gas bill. The scheme helps people stay connected to essential energy services in a time of need. This scheme is not available on an ongoing basis.
Please Note: You may not be eligible for EAPA assistance if you have received EAPA within a 6-month period under the policy for the Department of Industry Resources and Energy. However, the Social Support Worker may be able to advocate on your behalf and arrange a suitable payment arrangement with your energy company or refer you to another company who may be able to provide alternative options.
TELSTRA BILL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM:
The Telstra Bill Assistance Program is aimed at assisting people who are experiencing financial difficulty and are having a problem paying their Telstra bill. This scheme is not available on an ongoing basis.
Please Note: You may not be eligible for Telstra Assistance if you have received assistance within the past 3-months under the policy for the Telstra Bill Assistance Program, however the Social Support Worker may be able to advocate with Telstra on your behalf to negotiate more time to pay, a suitable payment plan or refer you to other services who may be able to assist.
Clients may be referred to the Social Support Worker for Emergency Relief Assistance by an external service, internal services at Tharawal Aboriginal Corporation or clients may self-refer.
We also offer referrals to other services for Emergency relief to assist with;
- Water Bills
- EAPA (Electricity & Gas)
- Telstra Phone Bills
- Rental Arrears
- Services for Women, Men and Youth
As well referral pathways into internal Tharawal Aboriginal Corporation programs.
Contact the Social & Emotional Wellbeing team on 02 4628 4837 for more information on how we may be able to assist you.
Housing Outreach Service
The Social Support Worker from Tharawal Aboriginal Corporation will be at the Campbelltown Housing Office every Monday from 9.00AM-12.30PM providing support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with a range of housing needs, advocacy and support in addition to the full day Outreach that the Aboriginal Specialist workers from Housing offer every Tuesday at Tharawal Aboriginal Corporation.
COLLABORATING ACROSS SERVICES:
A CASE STUDY OF THARAWAL ABORIGINAL CORPORATION & SWSLHD
How Tharawal Aboriginal Corporation and South Western Sydney Local Health District work together to achieve better outcomes for mental health clients.
HEALING THROUGH ART: A CASE STUDY OF THARAWAL ABORIGINAL CORPORATION
How art therapy helps Tharawal Aboriginal Corporation’s mental health clients to feel safe and access other supports, including clinical services.
CARING FOR THE WHOLE PERSON: A CASE STUDY OF THARAWAL ABORIGINAL CORPORATION
Why Tharawal Aboriginal Corporation takes a holistic approach to caring for its community members.