“Being my first leadership workshop, I was unclear of what to expect. Upon arrival, I was greeted like I knew both Alan and John for years, although this was the first time meeting both. From then on, I was amazed at how much knowledge and understanding both men had to give. This has helped me start my healing and gave me a strong focus on what it means for me to become a strong leader in my community.”
“This opportunity has also given me the tools to become a stronger father, friend, family and community member. And with that, I say thank you to both Alan and John along with my brothers that also attended. I’m looking forward to using the tools I received to grow as a man in my community and in life. ‘I create stronger communities by being true and honest to myself’” Stay DEADLY my brothers.”
Dardi Munwurro (Strong Spirit) was established in 2000 to provide leadership training and personalised coaching designed to assist Aboriginal men in identifying their emotions and personal strengths. We offer a range of healing, behaviour change and family violence programs and services to break the cycle of intergenerational trauma in Aboriginal families and communities, by empowering and inspiring individuals to heal the past, acknowledge the present and create a positive vision for the future.
Assisting Aboriginal men to identify their emotions and personal strengths.
Communication tools for the Aboriginal workforce to build healthy workplaces and practices.
Equipping Aboriginal youth to become leaders, role models and mentors.
Exploring behaviours and issues which impact on Aboriginal culture, society and people.
The programs are designed to assist Aboriginal men to identify their emotions and personal strengths and in doing so, discover their own leadership potential and develop a vision for their lives. The aim is to equip Aboriginal men to become leaders, role models and mentors within their communities.
Our program model builds cultural connection as a pathway to healing the individual drivers for violence and ultimately developing pride and confidence for planning a future with healthy relationships in families and communities.
This program gives communication tools for the Aboriginal workforce to build healthy workplaces and practices, and allows participants to develop a clarity of direction for their personal and professional lives. It enhances employees’ social awareness and interpersonal skills needed when dealing with clients or co-workers. Through this program, employees identify and connect to their passions, exploring how they can be their best selves in their workplaces and help their organisations to thrive. Participants build skills in teamwork, leadership, resilience, conflict management, accountability and responsibility, harnessing emotions and vision dreaming.
The Journeys Program assists young men along their transition to adulthood, assisting them to grow into healthy young adults with positive support networks within their peer group and the broader community. It prepares young people for adult life through one-on-one mentoring, self-empowerment and resilience workshops and team activities. The program provides young men with the support, tools and opportunities they need to set and achieve life goals. We work to empower young people, nurture leadership potential, promote help-seeking behaviour, build protective factors and provide connections back to culture.
These workshops provide participants with an overview of the transformation from traditional Aboriginal society to contemporary society. Participants look at behaviours and issues which impact on Aboriginal culture, society and people.
Our aim is to equip Indigenous men to become leaders, role models and mentors within their communities.
Alan has over 25 years experience working with the Aboriginal Community in Victoria and since 2004 has been funded by Department of Human Services and Department of Justice to deliver approximately 20 leadership programs to vulnerable Aboriginal men.
Alan qualifications in Graduate Diploma in Social Science (Men’s Behaviour Programs), Diploma in Community Development and Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs.
John has worked in Aboriginal Health since 1998 and regularly runs groups and mandated behaviour change programs for Relationships Australia; Understanding Anger parenting programs for Anglicare Victoria and Early Parenting for Dads for the City of Melbourne, the City of Monash and the O’Connell Family Centre, Canterbury.
Dardi Munwurro have successfully completed various workshops and programs for the Department of Human Services, Department of Justice, Relationships Australia, Corrections Victoria, Victoria Aboriginal Health Service, Murray Valley Aboriginal Co-Op, Yoowinna Wurnalung Healing Service and Boorndawan William Aboriginal Healing Service.
“I believe that Dardi Munwurro gives a man the understanding to what a man is... it has helped me understand how a family is a part of a man’s role to keep it together.”
“Being part of the program, has brought out a little bit more awareness in my own job roles, but being a parent as well, so it has been really good for me on a personal level, being a family man and roles that I play in the community.”
“A lot of our mobs don’t realise what issues they actually have, they just think they are living the normal way of life, but once they start seeing it... they sit back and they actually think about it.”
“Since I have known about the program, it has enlightened the wise man inside me to start thinking that maybe we have got stuff that we never deal with in our lives. This program has actually opened up the door to start thinking about it.”
“Being part of the program, and being involved with it, yeah no I reckon it has changed my life a fair bit. The program has taught me to be more resilient.”
“With the strategies that I learnt during the program, it has given me strength to just put shoulder to the wheel and keep moving, and being at peace whilst it is happening.”
“The most significant change has been that awareness, knowing and making the right choices. It is a good program to do, all about the awareness, because a lot of our mobs don’t realise what issues they actually have.”
“Through the program, you have more of an understanding of why sometimes people behave like they do. The program gives you the skills to go through those problem solving issues with people.”
“It has given me the opportunity to be able to not feel overwhelmed or intimidated by what is going on around me, and to offer some real personal genuine top quality advice and initiative in the direction that we should take things.”
“I have been able to cope mentally a lot easier than I would have before. It has given me the skills to be able to know how to express myself about the situation in the family where it is really close.”
“Until I did the course, my way of fixing that was violence and I didn’t know how to control it. But after doing the sessions, I can now sit back and be diplomatic, and I can sit on my own emotions and turn it into a positive.”
We offer a variety of workshop packages Australia wide that can be customised to your specific community. Please contact us to discuss your requirements and arrange a program tailored to your needs.
Free call 1800 435 799
ABN 35 161 083 370
8 Parkwood Rise
Mernda VIC 3754