Acknowledgement of Country: Afford acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land on which we work and live. We also pay our respects to Elders past, present and future.

In celebration of NAIDOC Week 2021, we would like to reflect on the many ways that Indigenous culture is lived, appreciated and shared in our supported accommodation.

Brys is a bubbly resident of the Neptune home who takes pride in his Indigenous heritage. He connects with his traditions through art and music, which he loves.

“Brys loves his didgeridoo. He likes to sit outside and play it once or twice a week. He is so patient and plays it beautifully,” said Senior Lifestyle Assistant Kylie Sorby.

Sharing his passion in the home has also been a fantastic way for the other residents to learn more about Indigenous culture.

“It’s great because some of the other clients have shown an interest in his culture and they love listening to him play the didgeridoo,” continued Kylie.

In his bedroom, Brys has hung an Aboriginal flag on his wall and he loves to colour in Aboriginal art. He will often also show other client’s images of Indigenous culture to share his heritage with them.

“He is always talking about his culture and the fact that he also has veterans in his family. Brys often uses sign language and will point to his wall hanging or Indigenous photos and then point back to himself, showing his pride for his heritage,” said Kylie.

Kylie has been looking into organising more cultural activities for Brys to participate in around the local area. He was excited to attend some community events this year for NAIDOC Week, however with the current landscape in NSW surrounding Coronavirus (COVID-19), he is now looking at alternative celebrations.

Afford encourages our communities to have a deep understanding and appreciation of all the cultures that make up the Australian identity. Clients are supported to learn more about the world around them and the history that makes up their community

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