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The Momentum Program aims to empower Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people by helping them overcome common barriers to long-term employment, and it is making its way to Armidale, Guyra, and Tingha.

Collaboratively developed by Real Futures, Pathfinders, and ACE Community Colleges, the three local organisations all work together to do their part in overcoming issues many people wouldn’t think about. Pathfinders plays a crucial role in assisting individuals with obtaining their birth certificates, while Ace Community Colleges provides guidance and support in obtaining driver’s licenses. Real Futures specialises in employment readiness, training services, and job placements, empowering Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individuals in their journey towards sustainable employment.

“The significance of possessing a birth certificate cannot be understated, as it unlocks essential rights, such as voting, opening a bank account, or obtaining a driver’s license,” said Pathfinders Momentum Coordinator, Phillip Bird.

“Without this vital document, individuals face numerous challenges, including difficulties in finding employment.”

Natalie Hannah of ACE Community Colleges said the Momentum Program has the potential to positively change the lives of many people across NSW.

“The impact we have witnessed through our driving license program alone is remarkable, and the collaboration of these three services holds immense promise.”

Real Futures, a majority Aboriginal-owned and staffed company, plays a pivotal role in preparing program participants for employment. Through personalised support, job readiness training, and connections with local job opportunities, Real Futures empowers individuals with the skills and confidence necessary for long-term success in the workforce.

“We are committed to supporting individuals throughout their employment journey, facilitating a smooth transition into new roles,” said Steven Clarke of Real Futures.

The next Momentum Program sign-up events will take place on:

May 7, 2024, at Pathfinders Armidale Office, 1/215 Beardy Street, Armidale 2350   | 9:30 am – 3:30 pm

May 8, 2024, at the Gyura Neighbourhood Centre, 160 Bradley Street, Guyra 2365   | 9:30 am – 3:30 pm

May 14, 2024, at the Tingha Community Centre, Inverell Road Tingha 2369  |  9:30 am – 3:30 pm

To be eligible for the program, applicants must identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, be aged between 16-55 years, not currently employed, or be participating in other funded activities excluded from this program.

Approved participants can receive help in applying for their birth certificate on the same day of enrolment. Participants are advised to bring any available identification documents, such as Medicare Card, Health Care Card, Certificate of Aboriginality, Student ID card, Health Care Card, or Pension Card.

More information is available on the Real Futures website https://realfutures.net/mob/momentum-program/

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