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Deadly Connections Community and Justice Services

Deadly Connected Communities

Deadly Connected Communities

Deadly Connections initiated this project in response to the ongoing COVID -19 pandemic. The COVID -19 situation has severely affected Aboriginal people acros...

australia > NSW > metro
01/11/2021 > 01/01/2022


  • Indigenous communities
  • Community & economic development


  • Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Peoples
  • People experiencing socio-economic disadvantage or vulnerability


Deadly Connections initiated this project in response to the ongoing COVID -19 pandemic. The COVID -19 situation has severely affected Aboriginal people across many domains. The effects of the pandemic have been exacerbated through lack of available financial, mental and community support due to current restrictions and reduced service provision. Social, emotional, and cultural isolation and disconnection continue to impact negatively on many of our community members, despite the easing of restrictions.

We are particularly concerned about curbing the spread of COVID-19 to protect our Elders, chronically ill, and vulnerable people within our communities, despite the recent easing of restrictions. The ongoing mistrust of the government within our community is impacting on the uptake of the vaccine within our community which highlights the need to be able to support families with adequate resources to assist them in reducing movement and increasing rates of COVID testing/vaccinations while observing health guidelines. We believe in active education and creating accessible information for First Nations people that is inclusive.

With the acquired funding, this project will involve purchasing food ingredients, perishables, fruits, pre-cooked meals, food boxes, food hampers, snacks, and other daily necessities which will then be distributed to the community through contactless COVID-19 safe delivery and through our 3-day weekly pop-up food relief hub in Redfern Oval.

We will partner with local pop-up vaccination clinics and utilise our food relief hub to encourage vaccinations/testing, and engage with Aboriginal people, check on their health, healing/wellbeing, and offer additional support if needed while ensuring COVID safe practices. Our approach will build on the existing resilience and expertise of Aboriginal people and bring community together, as there is strength in community which is core to Aboriginal culture.


Our project aims to ensure that Aboriginal people in the community are supported to reduce the impacts of COVID, reduce movement, and to prevent the escalation of COVID-19 cases while meeting the basic needs of our community, as well as providing an opportunity for COVID safe connection, healing and wellness. The project will contribute towards our ultimate aim of promoting more positive futures for Indigenous communities, families, individuals and children.

We will ensure we keep a weekly record of First Nations people we interact with through our pop-up hub. This would include the number of Indigenous people who receive food items as well as the amount of food items and the circumstances of their household. We will also ensure we keep a record of vaccination statuses and the number of people we encouraged to get vaccinated. All this will be done while adhering to health and COVID safe guidelines and restrictions.

Profile of Deadly Connections Community and Justice Services

Deadly Connections Community and Justice Services

Deadly Connections is an Aboriginal Community Controlled and Not-For-Profit Organisation that was established to break the cycles of disadvantage and trauma to directly address the over-representation of First Nations people in the child protection and justice systems.  
Deadly Connections positively disrupts intergenerational disadvantage, grief, loss and trauma by providing community centred, holistic, culturally responsive interventions and services to First Nations people and communities, particularly those who have been impacted by the child protection and/or justice systems.

Through our four core programs (Deadly Families, Breaking the Cycle, Deadly Young Warriors and Bugmy Justice), we provide tailored support to the needs of Aboriginal people, families and communities throughout different stages of involvement or risk of involvement with the child protection and/or justice systems. In connecting First Nations people to their cultural, inner and community strength, we place the values and approaches of decolonisation, healing, self-determination, community connection, lived experiences and life course at the centre of our programs. Additionally, Deadly Connections works towards improving justice and child protection systems through advocacy, consultancy, research and evaluation, and program/policy development.

We ultimately aim to develop stronger and safer communities, and promote more positive futures for Indigenous communities, families, individuals and children.


Funding sourceAmount
Funding gap (unconfirmed)$10,000
Expense itemAmount
Food items (including ingredients for pre-cooked meals, fresh fruits and vegetables, essential items such as bread, milk, cheese, butter, canned goods, snacks, and food hampers)$10,000

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