Mibbinbah has demonstrated that enhancing and strengthening the capacity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities is a vital first step in promoting awareness of health-related issues and encouraging people to seek assistance.
This can be achieved by:
Train the Trainer
Train the Trainer is a workshop that is focused on capacity building and empowering our communities at a grass roots level. We aim to build capacity in communities by supporting and teaching leaders how to facilitate Mibbinbah’s Journeying Together workshops.
The first step towards becoming a qualifiedJourneying Together facilitator is attending Mibbinbah’s Be the Best You Can Be Program. Participants who have been identified as having the right qualities, skills and flexibility can be invited to complete the Train the Trainer course to go on to facilitate community-based Journeying Together workshops.
Train the Trainer
- Must be delivered within 4 weeks following on from Mibbinbah’s Be the Best You Can Be program.
- The course is designed for a maximum of 5-8 participants (who must already be graduates of Mibbinbah’s Be the Best You Can Be program)
- 3 full days of intensive training in an appropriate space plus a 1 day follow up.
- The 1-day follow-up engagement involves a practical element where Mibbinbah will support the Train the Trainer participant as they facilitate a Journeying Together workshop. Mibbinbah will provide feedback and ensure that they are demonstrating capacity after which point participants graduate the Train the Trainer workshop and are qualified to independently facilitate the Journeying Together course for their community.
- Graduates will formally meet wrap-around services available to them and the team (it is the participating organisation's responsibility to arrange engagements with local wrap-around support services).
- Graduates will have access to a closed Facebook Mibbinbah group for networked support.
- Part of the Mibbinbah support offering is an annual gathering of graduates and cultural healers - this cost needs to be included in the participating organisation’s budget.
- Option for Male and Female facilitators.
- The course may include participants from other organisations and communities.
A key outcome of the Train the Trainer project is the involvement in the ‘Mibbinbah network’ that includes Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who have been trained and supported by Mibbinbah, and who are leaders within their community. These leaders are supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islandermen’s and women’s groups, promoting awareness of social and emotional wellbeing issues, and encouraging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to seek assistance.
When participants graduate from Mibbinbah’s Train the Trainer course they will be qualified to run Mibbinbah’s Journeying Together workshop in their communities.
Our 1-day Journeying Together workshops are run by graduates of the Train the Trainer course within their own organisation or community.
The Journeying Together workshop is run with the goal of establishing a foundation of agreed values and honouring the local culture’s identified proper way for engaging and creating safe space - to then explore themes that the community deems important.
Three aspects provide a focus for our work with community empowerment: voice, vision and action.
Firstly, we encourage communities find a voice for their concerns through yarning. Yarning is an important part of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures. However, many practices of the dominant culture disallowed public yarning. Mibbinbah seeks to create a safe space for the yarning that expresses a yearning for change.
Secondly, we support communities as they find new ways to celebrate the good things that are happening in their midst. So much of the focus of the media is on the negatives. We have almost come to expect this. Yet, we can create our own vision by celebrating and sharing the good things with the larger society.
Finally, we assist communities to take action by doing the small things well and the bigger things with enthusiasm. As with all of our workshops; resources and their use is a key concern. Specifically, we help people develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes that they require to best gain and use resources to achieve their aspirations. We work with models of how people, organisations and communities often work to enhance knowledge. Skills are further honed in the area of communicating with diverse audiences, facilitating activities with various stakeholders and collaborating with groups with different perspectives and agendas.
Finally, we support people as they explore critical attitudes such as taking a strengths-based approach rather than using a deficit model, persistently moving from smaller gains to larger gains through time and letting others be strong as well (inclusivity).
Over the years, Mibbinbah has gained an insight into what enables people to tell their stories and to rebuild their lives and communities. We celebrate our ability to work together in the present to achieve common goals that bring good to our communities. We remember the past with both its triumphs and its traumas and we recognize the wide diversity of backgrounds that we all come from. We also share a vision of the future where strong leadership provides hope and an elimination of lateral violence and other issues. We call this “Mibbinbah Proper Way”.
Mibbinbah can assist communities to enable groups of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men and women to mentor the next generation. We learn the tools of visual storytelling and ways of engaging our younger ones. Then, they are skilled-up to teach the younger generation to listen to and explore the stories associated with language, lore and land while engaging in activities that make learning both interesting and transformative. Finally, they are enabled to pass on the skills required for transferring knowledge to the wider community through a variety of communication techniques.