National Empowerment Project

25 Aug, 2017

A new program that focuses on strengthening the cultural, social and emotional wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individuals, families and the community will be launched in Langford next week.

The Cultural, Social and Emotional Wellbeing (CSEWB) Program will run for 11 weeks, starting on Monday 28th of August. It is open to Aboriginal men and women over 18 years of age and there will be a celebration at the end of the program.

Our head of Aboriginal Services, Angela Ryder, will be facilitating the program alongside Liz Hayden, with the aim of assisting participants to develop the skills and knowledge to become stronger and empower themselves.

The program includes topics such as:

  • Your story relating to family, culture, history and developing self-esteem and positive ways of living,
  •  Reviewing family structures within the understanding of Stolen Generation, intergenerational trauma, family violence and the role of Aboriginal parents and their children today.
  •  Developing personal skills that relate to stress, problem solving, managing conflict, healthy relationships and exercise.
  •  Celebrating Aboriginal achievements and looking at the history of Aboriginal people from a community and national level, exploring the concept of self-determination and what it means to be a good community leader.

Program Details


Workshop 1: Monday, 28 August 2017, 4 – 9 pm
Workshop 2: Wednesday, 30 August 2017, 4 – 9 pm
Workshop 3: Wednesday, 6th September 2017, 4 – 9 pm
Workshops 4 to 11: Each Wednesday evening, from 20th Sept 2017 through to Wednesday
8th November 2017, 4 – 9pm
End of program celebration: Saturday 18th November 2017, 11am to 1pm at CREEC (Canning River Eco Education Centre)


Langford Aboriginal Association (LAA)
15 Imber Place, Langford
Tel: 9451 1424

Meal provided. Transport and Childcare MAY be provided.


To register your participation in the program, or for further information, please contact:
Langford Aboriginal Association on 9451 1424 or email
Relationships Australia WA on 6164 0463.

This program has developed from extensive community consultations across eleven sites in Australia in response to high rates of psychological distress, self-harm and suicide. Across Australia all sites have contributed to the development of the program.

A Program Community Reference Group (CRG) was formed to guide and assist the implementation of the program. This further strengthened community ownership and ensured that program duplication is avoided and it will work with existing programs. The CRG consists of senior people who share the goals of the program and includes representatives from main family groups and relevant service providers.

‘I could not believe how powerful and moving this program was. It helped me to see and understand how to stand up and speak up for your family and community. It made me realize how important your family, your culture and community is. I grew up as a child not knowing how our people struggled to be where they are today. But the struggle still continues today as well.’

‘The NEP gave me the strength to keep going and to see and listen during the program was very spiritual and healing. It empowers my mind and ability to say I can do this for my family and to be strong within my family and workplace.’

The National Empowerment Project, CSEWB Program and the Aboriginal Aged Care and Community Hub, Community Reference Group meeting at LAA in August. Photographer: Raelee Cook.

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