This year will be the first NAIDOC celebration that Kummara and Infinity Community Solutions (KICS) Family Support Service will participate since its inception in October 2018.
The staff at KICS have really embraced the theme for this NAIDOC celebration and prepared some meaningful activities for families over the coming week.
“This year’s NAIDOC theme touches the heart and the foundation of what the KICS team is built on” according to Sharon, KICS Team member, “The KICS ethos, or the heart of our team, is to work alongside families. As a crucial element of working together, we base our support around the stories of our clients.”
With a gazebo designed as a space to represent “home”, the KICS team is inviting families to sit alongside them during NAIDOC celebrations and be heard as community and connect in stories and truth-telling. The team will have colouring-in activities for the children and be offering refreshments of flavoured water and apple slinkies throughout the celebrations.
Children will be able to take home their creative expressions in the form of a tote bag that Charlotte, KICS Team member explains is not only for the fun and practicality of it but also because KICS wanted to be proactive in their response to the environment. “We acknowledge the care taken by the traditional owners of this land for tens of thousands of years that allows us to enjoy the beautiful landscape and we want to see this continue for years to come” adds Charlotte.
Sharon goes onto add “These bags were designed with the logos of these two organisations (Infinity Community Solutions and Kummara) at the centre as a symbol of “working together”. Having something that families can take away from our stand and use in the future, we hope symbolises what we aim to do with families as part of our service: equipping families with skills that can be carried with them into their futures”.
Embracing the Uluru Statement from the Heart really is at the heart of KICS. This NAIDOC KICS really will be expressing the Statement and how they function to serve the first nations people through acknowledging the history, aiming for a better future and supporting families to recognise their strengths to be empowered for generations to come.
If you wish to visit the KICS team to connect and be heard you will find them in their home-styled gazebo on Wednesday 10th July at CJ Greenfield Sports Complex, Freeman Rd, Inala and on Friday 12th July at Musgrave Park, West End.