Community Awareness, Resources & Support (CARS) Unit

The Community Awareness, Resources and Support Unit are responsible for a variety of initiatives that support the overall purpose, vision and effectiveness of RAATSICC.

  • Workforce development opportunities;
  • Community awareness and education projects;
  • Identified projects, campaigns and programs.
    • Redress Support Service
    • Our Community Our Home
    • White Ribbon - Cape York Community Education Project
    • Be Connected
  • Volunteers and Supporters
  • Organisation and program media design and development

Workforce Development Opportunities

RAATSICC are committed to building and supporting an effective, efficient and skilled workforce in delivering human service programs and projects.

The CARS Unit identify relevant and beneficial professional development opportunities for staff and volunteers to build capacity in order to provide the most professional services possible. We encourage partnerships with training organisations in delivering culturally appropriate and informative opportunities for our workforce.

Community Awareness and Education Projects

Skilled and experienced staff work alongside community groups to deliver community awareness and education projects targeting a variety of topics and themes.

The CARS unit have developed a number of community information sessions that are accessible to individuals, groups and agencies within the region. These sessions are conducted by trained and experienced Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff who have established relationships in the region and who have working knowledge of the human services sector. All participants receive a certificate of participation and self care resources.

Sessions include:

  • Standing Against Domestic and Family Violence
  • Child Protection is Our Business
  • Supporting Victims of Crime
  • Accidental Counselling
  • Kids Keeping Safe - Protective Behaviours
  • Good Grassroots Governance

For more information on the RAATSICC community information sessions, contact carsmanager@raatsicc.org.au

Identified projects, campaigns and programs

Redress Support Service

The National Redress Scheme provides support to people who experienced institutional child sexual abuse.

Eligible survivors of institutional child sexual abuse will be able to apply for redress where the responsible institution has joined the scheme.

The National Redress Scheme:

  • acknowledges that many children were sexually abused in Australian institutions
  • holds institutions accountable for this abuse, and
  • helps people who have experienced institutional child sexual abuse gain access to counselling and psychological services, a direct personal response, and a monetary payment.

RAATSICC Redress Support Service is a free and confidential service that provides appropriate support to people considering and applying to the National Redress Scheme. Staff will provide information and support to individuals, facilitate community information sessions, deliver stakeholder engagement opportunities and promote the scheme throughout Far North Queensland.

To contact RAATSICC Redress Support Service, please call 40300900 or email carsmanager@raatsicc.org.au

For further information visit www.nationalredress.gov.au or phone 1800 737 377

Our Community Our Home

The communities of Kowanyama and Lockhart River were identified to participate in the development of foster care resources for children and young people in out of home care.

The suite of culturally-informed resources are to be used by foster carers and children in their care to enhance knowledge and pride of community and culture.

The development and design of the resources were guided by community reference groups ensuring appropriate information is utilised and endorsed.

This project is an Empowering Families Innovation Grant - funded by the Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women

White Ribbon Project - Cape York Community Education Project

In partnership with the White Ribbon Foundation, RAATSICC facilitate community education sessions in identified communities throughout Cape York. In 2018 the focus of was on "Understanding men's violence against women".

  • gaining a better understanding of the causes, impact and prevention strategies to prevent men's violence against women;
  • increasing recognition of the ways men who use violence can change their attitudes and behaviours;
  • gaining skills to influence and encourage other men not to use violence against women.

In 2019 the project focusing on encouraging behaviour change to stop men's violence against women and empower them to take leadership roles to stop this violence.

  • discuss and build community strategies to stop men's violence against women;
  • provide tools, resources and opportunities to build active bystander responses;
  • re-engage 2018 participants to share experiences of information and strategies learnt;
  • encouraging White Ribbon Supporters and White Ribbon Ambassadors and Advocates.

Be Connected - Good Things Foundation

RAATSICC is a partner within the Be Connected Network and commits to providing free and friendly support to help people (over aged 50) to use the internet. RAATSICC contributes to improving the lives of those over 50 years of age through digital technology and to connect socially. This is done through individual assistance, and through community group facilitation and events to build knowledge and confidence.

As a partner RAATSICC receives:-

  • free e-learning
  • free marketing resources
  • training for staff and volunteers
  • access to grant funding
  • partner and learner support helplines.

To learn more access www.beconnected.esafety.gov.au

Volunteers and Supporters

RAATSICC values, supports, and encourages volunteers and supporters to get involved in RAATSICC initiatives. RAATSICC ensures that volunteers contribute to activities that are safe, significant, fulfilling and appreciated.

  • All volunteers shall be treated with respect and with gratitude for their contribution.
  • Volunteers shall carry out duties assigned and agreed to according to their skill and knowledge levels
  • Volunteers will be provided with induction, training and supervision.
  • All volunteers shall be as far as possible protected from all forms of harm whilst undertaking their volunteer duties.

For a RAATSICC Volunteer application form, please contact carsmanager@raatsicc.org.au

Organisation and program media design and development

RAATSICC multimedia and resource officer provides specialist support to RAATSICC leadership team through the development of various media for organisational and program use.

  • Website - www.raatsicc.org.au
  • Facebook profile
  • RAATSICC Focus - newsletter
  • Program brochures, posters and forms
  • RAATSICC Promotional products

To order RAATSICC resources please contact resource@raatsicc.org.au