Penrith Community Corrections - working to provide better outcomes for Aboriginal people

“Feeling culturally safe is unable to be measured – it’s about feeling seen and heard.”

For Mandy Zaccazan, the programs and services offered by Marrin Weejali are integral to the social recovery of her clients and their successful reintegration into society.

As the Aboriginal community engagement and culture officer at Penrith Community Corrections, NSW Corrective Services, Mandy works in line with the Department of Communities and Justice to support clients within the justice system, navigating the consequences of their life choices.

And it is connections with the staff at Marrin Weejali that help to give her, and her clients, hope for the future.

“Marrin Weejali is a safe place; it is a healing centre that welcomes all, without barriers and labels.

In my role, I represent Community Corrections and my community.

Marrin supports me not only as a representative of CSNSW but as an integral voice in my community.”

Engaging Aboriginal people

“Marrin Weejali understands the importance of connection when it comes to working with Aboriginal clients. Connection is central to culture; culture is identity.”

Although Community Corrections does not have a formal partnership with Marrin Weejali, Marrin Weejali has an open-door policy, something that is fundamental to improving Aboriginal outcomes in Community Corrections and for Aboriginal people on supervised orders, their families and communities in NSW.

“Culture defines who we are, how we think, how we communicate, what we value and what is important.

Culture influences us in more ways than we may know. It is an irreversible bond that ties people and communities together and Marrin Weejali follows this ethos when engaging with clients.”

Marrin Weejali’s purpose is to break the cycle of alcohol and drug dependency and help clients to live healthy and peaceful lives. Marrin constructs this purpose within the observance of Aboriginal spiritual and cultural ways.

“Marrin Weejali trusts, respects and supports our roles when working with Aboriginal people. Marrin Weejali understands that Aboriginal staff support clients and the communities that they work and/or live in and recognise that Aboriginal staff grapple with the devastating impacts of the statistics affecting Aboriginal people daily.”

Protecting Aboriginal emotional and social health

“Marrin Weejali goes beyond addressing alcohol and drug use in the community, taking into account the full cultural, social and emotional context of Aboriginal people, including an awareness of the ongoing legacy of trauma, grief and loss associated with colonisation.”

Marrin Weejali ensures that the principles of empowerment and self-determination guide all of its programs.

Marrin encourages clients to learn how to take responsibility for their own actions and work through their past to build a brighter future.

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Assisting clients in alcohol and drug recovery

“Marrin Weejali brings the community together, regardless of the issue.”

Marrin Weejali Aboriginal Corporation runs programs to help individuals, families and communities overcome the impacts of substance abuse, misuse and addiction.

Marrin Weejali works with the whole person to develop a plan to rebuild their shattered lives, including assistance to reconnect with their loved ones and repair broken relationships.

“This cultural safety model creates a shelter that allows the client to be authentic and honest in their journey of recovery.”

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Working with Marrin Weejali

“Aboriginal staff have the opportunity to provide frank and fearless advice in a culturally safe environment to improve outcomes for Aboriginal people and communities in NSW.”

Many Marrin Weejali staff have lived experience as former addiction survivors and work with empathy and insight into clients suffering loss and grief.

As a team, Marrin Weejali staff work harmoniously with each other to provide holistic and compassionate service for our clients.

“The mechanics of Marrin Weejali’s success in assisting clients to recovery is attributed to effective assessment/planning and case management, combined with strong cultural competency.

Marrin’s working together model provides a culturally safe space for clients to facilitate positive change.”

Navigating the justice system

Marrin Weejali regularly helps and supports clients who are navigating the justice system, and justice departments refer new clients to Marrin Weejali on a regular basis.

Our Aboriginal drug and alcohol misuse programs and social and emotional wellbeing programs can assist those working with the Department of Communities, Justice and Corrective Services.

For more information on how our programs and services can help you or your loved ones, contact us today.

Partnership Case Studies

Emerton Amcal + Pharmacy

“Marrin is a safe space and we provide an extension of that safe space here in our pharmacy to Marrin clients.”

Too Deadly for Diabetes - powerful partnership

“The main thing about Marrin is the way its staff are invested in the local community.”

Penrith Community Corrections

“Marrin Weejali trusts, respects and supports our roles when working with Aboriginal people.”

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