Men’s groups at Wandarma: from art to action on closing the gap
Men’s and women’s groups are an important way for Aboriginal people to connect and strengthen community to improve well-being. Wandarma Aboriginal Drug and Alcohol Service on the far south coast of NSW has been running men’s groups for 4 years in 3 communities, Wallaga Lake, Eden and Bega. In four years we have regularly held 8 groups a month with work in between including art sessions, repairing community buildings, court advocacy and referrals for men to other support services.
This presentation will describe the process of engaging men in the groups, linking them to community events and activities and then moving the focus of the groups to health and wellbeing including addressing men’s substance use and physical health as well as anger, violence and relationships. The way other Wandarma staff, local elders and health and community services are involved in the men’s groups is discussed. The presentation will include a short film with group participants talking about their experience of men’s group.