It’s estimated that 1 in 4 people in Australia do some kind of volunteering. We know that many hands make light work, and it takes a whole team of people to help make a difference. When you volunteer with us you provide grounded and practical ways to support Australia’s First Nations through the work of Why Warriors.
As with creating any kind of change, there are a myriad of tasks to be done. Some require longer-term commitment or specialist skills. Others just need someone who is willing to spend a little time doing seemingly simple things that help the wheels turn smoothly. (It’s frustrating when someone who speaks English and Yolŋu Matha gets bogged down in spreadsheets when they could be out on community recording audio programs about health issues!) We have many volunteering opportunities available, regardless of where you live, that match a range of interests, skill sets and availability.
- You’ll feel involved and connect with like-minded people
- You’ll use your skills & experience in a productive and meaningful way
- You could learn new skills or add to the ones you already have.
- You’ll be part of a team. Adding to our pool of people available means more programs can be delivered so more people can be helped.
- Get satisfaction from contributing to the lives of Yolŋu people, and help close the gap.
- You’ll be doing something you’re passionate about.
Current Volunteer Positions Available
We are looking for someone to produce a simple app for our Djambatjmarram.com Yolŋu learning centre. Many Yolŋu people live in isolated Homeland villages with no internet access. When they come to town for shopping and supplies they need to be able to download our Djambatjmarram.com programs and save them onto their phones in an easy way to take home. This would allow them to play the programs back in their Homeland villages without internet access.
Grants and Fundraising
Finding funds to run programs that we know will change lives can be challenging. Why Warriors currently has funding from the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet to deliver Djambatjmarram.com; an online educational and English-learning resource in Yolŋu Matha.
This funding covers research and production of materials on business and current affairs issues. But we are currently seeking additional funding to produce material around health issues. We are hoping to create more podcasts similar to our scabies and COVID-19 series. And there are many topics we have the content for, such as smoking, nutrition, heart disease etc. but we require funding to produce them.
Along with podcasts, we are also hoping to create a series of health videos on rheumatic heart disease and heart attacks. East Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory has the highest rates of chronic disease in the world. So these resources will deliver vital missing information to health workers, families, parents and young sufferers of these conditions so they can understand for the first time how their body works and how these diseases affect them. This will enable them to become compliant with medical support and to manage healthier lives. Click here for more information on these videos.
All other projects and programs go unfunded. There are a lot of potential programs that are currently not being delivered. Yolŋu want access to information, to run their own businesses and take control of their own health. We’d love to be able to partner with them so they can achieve their goals.
If you know of funding opportunities or grants, or have a talent for submission writing then we’d love to hear from you.
Computer Code Writer
FLASH to HTML5 conversion
At present our Yolngu School Lessons 1, 2, and 3 (https://www.djambatjmarram.com/resources/yolngu-matha-part-1/) are written in Adobe Flash. School computers and phones cannot readily access these valuable lessons. We are looking for a volunteer who can convert these programs over to HTML5 so they are more accessible to Yolŋu students that want to learn to read and write. And also for mainstream people wanting to learn Yolŋu Matha.
Co-founder and author of Why Warriors Lie Down and Die, Richard Trudgen, has been working with Yolŋu leaders in the North-east Arnhem land region for over 35 years. Over this time a number of projects have emerged that, when fully operating, would give Yolŋu people a real chance for a better future. We have the know-how of how to work with the people, but our time is very limited. We are seeking Project Builders to do much more of the mainstream side of the work so we can get more done.
Each project has already been developed and in some cases was already running when funding was available.
The projects include:
“Networking resource worker for the ‘Hope for Health’ program” (https://hopeforhealth.com.au/)
“Networking to get Djambatmarram.com programs into more schools, health centres and workplaces where Yolŋu can access them”
“English learning program for Yolŋu people”
“Getting Yolŋu into Business”
“An eLearning school for Yolŋu”
“Producing health podcasts and videos”
“Rolling out ‘Germ Theory’ education across Arnhem Land”
“Cultural Competency Training resources”
“Producing other programs for Yolŋu Radio and Djambatjmarram.com.”
We’re looking for Project Builders to help with fundraising and logistics for different projects. Project Builders will work directly with Richard or other coalface workers who will share all needed information, so they can get on with building the project from where they live. Project Builders do not need to know how to speak Yolŋu Matha (Aboriginal language), as most of their work will be with mainstream systems, creating opportunities for Yolŋu people to access resources so they can get on with their own lives. Skills like working online with computers will be useful in this role.
This type of volunteering is great for people looking to work deeply with a topic of interest and is perfectly suited to self-funded retirees (singles or couples) with a passion to help Yolŋu people help themselves. If this sounds exciting and you’d like to know more please contact us.
Pro bono barrister or lawyer
There are always many legal aspects involved in running an organisation. Sometimes it’s day-to-day matters and sometimes it might be bigger things such as land rights issues. There is currently an opportunity to assist Yolŋu to discover their rights in relation to creating a business using the resources on their Traditional Estates.
Co-founder and author of Why Warriors Lie Down And Die, Richard Trudgen, is currently working on a new book. We are hoping to obtain some pro bono / volunteer legal support for such things as IP considerations in relation to its release.
If you have expertise in this area your skills would be warmly welcomed.
If you’re looking for a way to support remote Aboriginal communities, but aren’t sure where to start or what you can do, we’d love to hear from you. Even as strangers we can be connected by simple acts of kindness in the form of volunteering. Join us and become a future changer.
Reach out to us on 1300 501 795 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more.