Advocates from SDRS undertook outreach in October and travelled to Groote Eylandt where they met with the community at Umbakumba. Members of the community came to meet with SDRS and talk about financial abuse and matters related to the NDIS.
Financial abuse in the community was brought to the attention of SDRS advocates while conducting an outreach in Nhulunbuy and Yirrkala in May. This resulted in DCLS securing funding from the NTG to deliver information sessions on financial abuse to communities across the Top End. Groote Eylandt was the first of the four communities that also include Nhulunbuy, Maningrida and Borroloola. The information sessions were delivered in community with Advocates and community members sitting on mats under trees along the beach. The brightly coloured DCLS shopping bags with the message, “Don’t get ripped off” were an overwhelming hit.
Advocate Ann-Marie Loebel in the SDRS Umbakumba Office
Delivering information sessions in the Alyangula community