Role Title: Community Engagement Research Intern
Organisation: Noongar Mia Mia
Internship Period: Summer (November - December)
Noongar Mia Mia is an Aboriginal-led Community Housing Provider (CHP) exclusively servicing Aboriginal people and their families on Noongar country (south-west WA), particularly Perth Metro (where we are the only Aboriginal-led CHP to serve our people exclusively).
We sleep up to 490 people per night across 83+ tenancies, and we would like to grow our community engagement, and build a sense of shared ownership among our tenants (as a community-led org by our mob, for our mob, not funded by government, etc.) and to help build a sense of tenant community - for example, opportunities for tenants to help other tenants, etc. We have some specific challenges as a CHP working with vulnerable people, and what works for community engagement elsewhere may not be one-size-fits-all. As such, we would like an intern to explore what is working well in tenant engagement in both Aboriginal and mainstream CHPs (as well as First Nations CHPs elsewhere, NFPs more broadly, etc.) and provide us with a proposed strategy moving forward. You will be working with Indigenous and mainstream social impact and community development practitioners, both internal to our organisation and external, and be outreaching to various CHPs and NFPs locally and internationally, as well as talking to our tenants, community leaders, etc.
Our mission is to contribute towards socioeconomic inclusion of First Nations people in Western Australia by setting the right foundations to thrive. We create pathways for First Nations people in the Southwest of Western Australia from homelessness to home ownership in a respectful, culturally-appropriate fashion aligned with the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, through a whole-of-person wraparound model of cultural housing, property management, psychosocial support, advocacy and collaboration, acknowledging the complexity of factors leading to Indigenous homelessness. We embed Aboriginal culture into all we do, and amplify the voices of our mob – nothing for us, without us.