Community Navigators is an initiative under the Family Empowerment Project. This project is in recognition of the impact of past trauma, dispossession, separation of families, ongoing social disadvantage, racism and other historical social and cultural issues that impact on the social and emotional wellbeing of Indigenous individuals, families and communities. It works to assist in the process of healing for people affected by past removal policies and who have particular issues and unique needs.
Community Navigators are local community members who work in support of the Woombooriny Aambooriny United Partners Initiative (WAUPI) to strengthen social and emotional wellbeing and support the development of strong, healthy and resilient individuals, families and communities, which in turn enhances pathways to education and employment, and helps reduce substance abuse, violence and contact with the criminal justice system.
Community Navigators promote and coordinate appropriate community activities and events in partnership with other service providers that are designed to meet the objectives and outcomes of the Family Empowerment Project.
The Family Empowerment Project is funded by the National Indigenous Australians Agency (NIAA) as part of the Safety and Wellbeing Programme.