We're developing a Reconciliation Plan (RAP)
Developing a Reconcilation Action Plan (RAP) is key to formalising Big Group Hug’s commitment to reconciliation. Implementation of the RAP and continuous improvement are essential to turn our good intentions into ongoing action.
Our first RAP, Reflect will demonstrate our commitment to scoping and developing relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stakeholders. We will decide on our vision for reconciliation and exploring our sphere of influence.
What is a RAP?
A RAP is a strategic document that outlines an organization’s commitment to promoting reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.
It will provide a framework for us to engage with Indigenous communities as part of our work, acknowledge their unique histories, cultures, and contributions, and work towards closing the gap.
Who are the RAP team?
Brandon, RAP intern
Sarah, Operations Director
Maria, Manager – Fundraising and Communications
Feona, Relationship Development Coordinator
Bianca, Volunteer and Requests Coordinator
Why we are developing a RAP?
RAPs offer a structured and recognised framework for formalising our commitment to reconciliation. They provide a framework that promotes a sense of shared value, common goals, and a unified approach to reconciliation.
It allows us to translate good intentions into tangible actions and contribute to the collective efforts for reconciliation.
We already work with and support a number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and we want to ensure we continue to do so in a respectful and supportive way.
What support we need from you
We want the entire Big Group Hug family on this journey with us. We may call upon you from time to time for your thoughts an opinions on aspects of the RAP.
Acknowledgement of Country
In this first phase of our Reconciliation Action Plan, we have formalised our Acknowledgment of Country to the below which we believe best reflects Big Group Hug and our work:
Big Group Hug acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the land, the Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung peoples of the Eastern Kulin Nation, on which we are located. We pay our respects to their Elders both past, present and emerging and their continued connection to land, sea, and community. We care for all Bubup’s, children and young people, on our lands and ensure they are protected from the adverse effects of disadvantage.
August 2023: We are submitting our draft plan to Reconciliation Australia for review and endorsement as we subsequently commence our internal actions to make our Plan a living document.