Social Futures’ RAP Journey
Social Futures (Social Futures) is committed to developing a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) to realise our vision for reconciliation through a meaningful, yet practical, plan to develop relationships, show respect and increase opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
For the staff of Social Futures, our Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) is a tool which will help to guide our actions within our work with greater awareness and consideration for the dynamic living culture of Aboriginal Australians. It also aims to bring light and awareness to the historical events which continue to impact upon the first Australians and manifest their everyday reality.
Our RAP will help us to continue to identify ways in which we as an organisation, can create new opportunities for employment, and new collaborations, joint projects or initiatives with Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander communities or organisations. It is hoped that this RAP will promote authentic and deep reflection on ways in which we can promote equal opportunity, honest conversation and dual leadership for our forward journey.
The RAP will help us to ensure that respect for Aboriginal culture is at the forefront of all of our actions. It is with courage, determination and great hope that Social Futures embarks on this journey.
Our RAP Vision
Our RAP vision is for genuine relationships, strong partnerships, and connected communities between the wider Australian community and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. We acknowledge that access and connection to country, knowledge and people supports wellbeing.
At Social Futures, reconciliation is everyone’s business.
Our RAP Aim
Our aim is to develop a RAP that is a living document that responds to change and growth, that commits us to real action, strategies for acknowledging and celebrating strength and resilience, and ways to improve our knowledge and understanding.
Through our programs and initiatives we will work with communities to:
- break structural cycles of inequality and injustice,
- commit to employ, train and empower Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples,
- welcome, celebrate and share our region’s rich diverse cultures, histories and contributions,
- provide services that enhance the wellbeing and safety of all children, families and communities,
- strengthen relationships with and respect for Australia’s first peoples and
- ensure meaningful inclusion in our planning and service delivery.
We will know we have achieved our vision when we can show we are doing better to contribute to connected, active, strong children, families and communities.
RAP Consultation / Seeking Expressions of Interest to join our RAP Working Group
We know it is important to engage and consult with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities about the programs and services we offer which are intended to assist and benefit Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community members. Social Futures intends to consult widely with the community on our draft RAP document and we are currently calling for Expressions of Interest from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to be members of our Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) Working Group.
For further information about joining the Social Futures Reconciliation Australia Working Group and fill to out the expression of interest form, please follow this link: Expression of Interest to join Social Futures Reconciliation Action Plan Working Group form.
You can also click the image below to see some of the ideas we have for our RAP.
We are committed to consulting widely through our RAP development. If you would like to provide feedback into this process, we would love to hear from you. You can call Social Futures on 02 6620 1800 or email [email protected] and ask to speak to one of our RAP Working Group members who will be happy to talk to you.
Nicola Garnsey, Tony Davies, Jindeena King, Gab Lavis, Sonya Mears Lynch, Ian O’Reilly, Jennifer Parke, Glenys Ritchie, Amanda Shoebridge, Valerie Thompson.