Aboriginal men in Bourke are caught in a tyranny of disadvantage.
“As an Aboriginal male myself who has dealt with his own trauma, I understand the barriers that are facing our men today, grief and loss, depression, domestic violence, sexual assault, incarceration are all traumas causing our men to turn to drugs and alcohol.”
Aboriginal Men’s Worker
A lot of men have lost their connection to culture. The Bourke Men’s Centre is about creating a safe space for Aboriginal men to meet, to attend to men’s business, to share stories, to learn from each other and to reconnect with their culture and community. Therefore re-establishing their identity and becoming role models to young men and boys.
With assistance from Mary Ward International – the social development organisation of the Loreto Sisters which operates in Australia and overseas – Oxfam, Maranguka Justice Reinvestment Project, Men of Bourke (MOB)and Bourke local services, CatholicCare Wilcannia-Forbes has established a space to bring life a vision of hope and healing.
In this multipurpose space, Aboriginal men will meet for men’s business giving each other support without judgement and engaging in a range of activities which will be beneficial for them while generating a positive ripple effect on their families and community.
Read more about this fantastic Justice Reinvestment project here