Welcome to Edition 62 Waltja has been having an amazing time since our last magazine came out. Whenever we spend time with community members we always feel energized and refocused on why we work the way we do!

Over the past few months Waltja has travelled to 15 of the communities in our area and worked alongside families and community members to provide capacity building, training, advocacy, support and services.

The main areas of focus during this time have been case management and capacity building to improve the daily life outcomes for all age groups. Some of these were around school and education, working to address the effects of social media and substance misuse, supporting people with a disability and their carers with respite, beds and mobility aides, providing urgent emergency relief, working with young people and their extended families to reconnect and for everyone to feel valued, respected and hopeful for the future. Waltja worked to link everything together by building on the strength of kinship and culture and providing opportunities to share skills, experiences and knowledge.

Waltja partnered with Life Without Barriers to host an Aged and Disability Festival in Central Australia. We were proud to manage this event that included nearly 250 people. Together we raised nearly $90,000 without any government funding! Thank you to everyone who donated their time, or money and goods to allow for so many people from bush to relax, have fun, and enjoy each others company away from the stress and challenges of remaining at home on community. A special thank you to all the staff and volunteers for making this event truly a festival! Thanks also to the providers who joined us for a day.

Waltja also held our AGM and once again the Executive and Director positions were hotly contested! Congratulations to April Martin who had overwhelming support to be re-elected as Chairperson. A huge thanks to all out going Directors and welcome to new members.

The New Year has started with record rains, floods, road closures and rivers that are flowing a lot of the communities are closed and the bus services are not always going. Take care and stay safe and will see you somewhere soon.

Sharijn-anya

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