Counselling on wheels

September 10, 2015 – 4:30 pm

If your thoughts turn to Woody Allen reclining on a couch in a therapist’s office when you hear the word counselling, you might just have to think again.

In Nowra, on the South Coast of New South Wales, one program is taking counselling to the peeps – kids that is. Little Black Duck, a program targeting indigenous children, operates from a customised van decked with Aboriginal artwork on the outside and art therapy tables and a sand pit on the inside. Twice a week the van rolls up to two schools and indigenous children have the chance to learn about their culture from aunties and uncles and discuss problems they may be having at home or at school.

As reported on the ABC, the program, which is run by the welfare group Anglicare, is said to have improved children’s self-respect, school attendance and NAPLAN results. After five years as a pilot-project, Little Black Duck has now secured federal funding.

Listen to the ABC news report about the Little Black Duck launch for more information.

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