Voluntary service research with Indigenous researchers from Yalu’ Marŋgithinyaraw, community members and a CDU researcher at Galiwin’ku in 2015
To explore ways that voluntary service plays a role in community building, and recommend ways in which the Australian Red Cross may work with Indigenous volunteers and research organisations in the future.
Research was carried out by teams of Indigenous and non-Indigenous researchers working together to produce and implement a project design
Where possible discussions were conducted in language, and were later translated
Work was oriented towards developing better ways for the Australian Red Cross to collaborate with people in communities around voluntary service work.
Formal volunteering with Australian Red Cross was seen as entirely consistent with the ancestral practices of care and concern which are alive within networks of kin and place.
It is beneficial for organisations to see each individual in the context of his or her ancestral connections and
individual capabilities. It is damaging to treat people as all the same.
Local Elders are not volunteers; they are senior managers and should be recognised and acknowledged for their knowledge.
Australian Red Cross building in Wurrumiyanga, Tiwi Islands