Yabun Festival 2020

Seniors Rights Service was proud to participate at Yabun Festival again this year, which took place at Victoria Park, Sydney on 26 January.

Our organisation was one of over 100 stallholders at the event, which celebrates and acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history and culture, with music, food, activities and information. The weather on the day was hot from early on, however it did not deter the large crowd, many of whom took shelter under the old fig trees in the park to enjoy the music and celebrations. Judging from the diverse crowd, Yabun continues to grow in popularity and is being embraced as a respectful and alternate way for all Australians to mark our national day.   

Our participation was a way of connecting with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders and their families and to build awareness of the rights of older people within the broader community. Staff from our legal, education and advocacy teams, including myself, were on hand throughout the day to provide information and resources.

The Yabun “Elders Tent” took pride of place overlooking the main stage and I took the opportunity to pop in to share our popular calico bags full of information. I chatted with some of the attendees and discovered a number had travelled from far and wide, including Moree, Glen Innes and Dubbo. It was clear this was a “not to be missed” opportunity for them to catch up with their families and friends from around NSW.  

Over 300 people attended our stall on the day. Some Elders wanted information from us regarding navigating home care. Others discussed family issues, such as gaining access to grandchildren or accommodation issues within the family. Most came away with our information resources and a greater understanding of our services and the issues and rights affecting older people. 

Kate Kennedy

Social Worker, Seniors Rights Service