Being connected is about knowing you can seek support when you need it, that you will be listened to and respected, and that you can strive for your dreams and be empowered to achieve your goals. DIYDG pride ourselves on our efforts to connect with young people from all walks of life. Past policies inflicted on our people have had and continue to have negative impacts on our connection with each other. DIYDG acknowledge that one of the recognisable results of forced removal, displacement and genocide is the loss of both personal and cultural identity.
Family provides connection and belonging for young people. Everyone needs to feel that their world is a safe place where people; care about their wellbeing, feel respected and supported, and are empowered to work through life’s challenges. We know when these needs are met that we develop a sense of belonging and know our place in the world.
Pamle is the Torres Strait Islander creole word for Family. It is the reason we exist and way we operate. It is so important, we named it TWICE.
Having the skills and ability to form long standing and healthy relationships is key everyone's development. Our aim is to provide a platform for young people to connect through our support services and hopefully connect back into our other peer support projects.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children are over-represented in child protection and out-of-home care services compared to non-Indigenous children.
Pamle Pamle are striving to provide young people in the out of home care systems, the opportunity to connect with inspiring positive role models and form lasting relationships with members of our community.
Since delivering the services, one thing we have observed as a strength is, despite not having direct connections to the young people in care, our community associations enable us to identify common connections, thus strengthening our rapport building and confidence that we understand their situations.
More information regarding our aligning practice framework and philosophies can be found