Traralgon East Project
Kindred Spirits Enterprises worked with the people of Traralgon East to build a sense of community and improve access to services and programs, particularly in health and wellbeing, and education and livelihoods.
A strategy was developed out of a community survey in 2020 that continues to take the Traralgon East community toward these goals.
Early Language & Literacy – Latrobe Valley Project
In 2018, Kindred Spirits Enterprises supported a local rollout of a program developed by the Australian Literacy and Numeracy Foundation, that aimed to improve the language and literacy of at-risk children aged 0-8 years.
To accomplish this, 31 local educators attended skill-building workshops and completed an accredited Certificate IV course, supported with resources and ongoing mentoring.
Val-You Reading helped Latrobe Valley children become strong and confident readers, writers and learners through literacy initiatives.
Resource kits, training and links to relevant programs were provided to local educators thanks, in part, to a grant from the Latrobe Health Assembly.
Yowengarra Bun Wurrung Balug Clans Aboriginal Corporation
Kindred Spirits Enterprises partnered with the Yowengarra Bun Wurrung Balug Clans (YBWBC) in the Bass Coast region of Victoria to provide relief for First Australians experiencing challenges like poverty, sickness, destitution, helplessness and distress.
We worked with the YBWBC Board in areas including planning, pilot program design, funding relationships and general governance.
Literacy Production Centre – Vision Project
The Literacy Production Centre in Wadeye, south of Darwin, helps local children with language and cultural learning.
Kindred Spirits Enterprises worked with Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Catholic College to support long-term LPC team members with their Vision Project.
Kindred Spirits Enterprises partnered the ARC Centre’s Uniquely Australian Foods Centre on a number of key projects in northern Australia, in which First Nations entrepreneurs and communities are building a native botanicals industry.
It has also supported the establishment of a native botanicals focused, 100% Indigenous owned and led Co-operative: ‘Bushtukka and Botanicals Indigenous Enterprises Co-operative’ (BBIEC). BBIEC is a collective of 100% Indigenous owned enterprises, using their cultural knowledge and practices to grow and advocate for a sustainable, innovative and resilient native food industry, to create economic, social and environmental opportunities so that Indigenous people, enterprises, communities and Country thrive.
Through all these projects, various groups are producing food and beverages in culturally aligned and sustainable ways, developing ingredients, growing capability and capacity and identifying markets. By doing so, the industry is creating livelihoods for First Australians in line with their aspirations to work on and care for country.