previous programs

Understanding Me Understanding You

In 2008-2009, Homebase delivered an Attorney General’s-funded program the "Understanding Me Understanding You" program (UMUY). UMUY focused on Aboriginal male youth 12 – 18 years of age and provided a range of alternatives activities and learning programs as an early intervention to crime, while enhancing the interaction between Aboriginal youth and local police to foster mutual cultural understanding. The aim was to build connection to culture, cultural lore, better relationships and rapport with youth workers, local magistrates and police.

Ten participants were engaged. Five major camps were held: Bonnie Hills National Park two-day abseiling camp, Wollombi Cultural / Bush Orienteering Camp, Red Dust Healing Camp at Seal Rocks and white water rafting at Barrington Tops. All activities were attended by local police.

Participants gained a greater understanding of healthy living skills, community responsibility and improved respect for police and teachers. A wonderful graduation night was held at Club Forster and "Street TV" worked with participants to make a video of twelve months of the program. Funding was provided by the federal Attorney-General’s Department.

Mural project

A project jointly coordinated by Homebase and Great Lakes Council as part of Youth Week celebrations in 2008 and 2009. Students from Forster and Tuncurry campus came together creatively to produce a series of murals for Forster Main Beach.

Aboriginal Family Holiday Activities

Between 2004 and 2009, Homebase coordinated a school holiday program which engaged young Aboriginal people. The focus was on healthy, community-based lifestyle activities such as camping, concerts, excursions, boat building, building outdoor kitchens, tenpin bowling, fishing, art/craft, movies, NAIDOC activities, baby shows, swimming etc.

Funding was provided by Human Services, Department of Community Services.

Girls Work Program

In 2008, in partnership was formed with Forster Neighbourhood Centre to conduct the Girls Work program. This involved a group of local Aboriginal school girls building, painting, naming and sailing a kit Fire-Bug boat, the "Winmurra Bug".

The 'Girls Work' program was designed to give girls opportunities to build confidence, respect, perseverance, self-esteem and team work, by building and painting three FireBug sailing boats.

Learn to Live

The "Learn to Live" program ran from 2008-2009. It sought to reduce the risk factors associated with obesity, diabetes and alcohol consumption in the local Aboriginal community. Six participants improved their personal and mental fitness.

Funding was provided by the federal Department of Healthy Active Australia program.

Learn to Surf

Surf weekends were held in 2008 and 2009 for groups of 30-40 young Aboriginal people (aged eight to sixteen years) who learned to surf at One Mile and Elizabeth beaches.

Funding was provided by NSW Sport and Recreation.

The Learning Place

"Tips Tricks and Triumphs" Parenting program provided two educational programs. This program was held in 2006 and 2007.

Program one provided an early intervention and parental education for young parents.

Program two supported young people and young parents in how to budget, sustain, and maintain a rental property.

Funding was provided by the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services & Indigenous Affairs through the Stronger Families Strategy.


Both Ron Potter and Carol Conte are accredited Aboriginal Youth Leadership Facilitators and work placement mentors. They work with employers, Aboriginal trainees and staff to support a smooth transition to work. Information and strategies are provided for employers employing Aboriginal people for the first to ensure a successful outcome.