Design | Evaluation | Facilitation | Participation
Leanganook Yarn facilitates collaborative effort and practice to build the foundation of projects, programs and organisations for improved effectiveness and to inspire change.
Our underlying approach is to use participatory and strength-based processes to assist you to do what you do better. We support organisations, programs and projects to work more effectively in complex, cross-cultural environments. We build deep analytical rigour for strategic direction.
We work with Government departments and agencies, NGOs and community groups across a range of program areas, including international development, social justice, sustainability, conservation and natural resource management, and gender equity.
Here are some examples of our work:
Our clients include:
Marwonga Aboriginal Corporation
Wide Bay Conservation Association, PNG
Unity of the First Peoples’ Australia (Western Australia)
Social & environmental sustainability
Leanganook Yarn is a social enterprise that strives for environmental sustainability.
Leanganook Yarn works with one client annually in a pro bono capacity. Wages are capped and any income earned above this is reinvested into collaborative projects. These are projects that build community and international tools and methods profiling Indigenous peoples’ methodological developments and improve indigenous led program design.
Leanganook Yarn strives for environmental sustainability – we are solar powered, and reuse, recycle and repurpose where possible. We prefer workshops to involve non-bottled water, glass glasses and china plates and metal cutlery; and are happy to pitch in with the washing if that is an issue. For catering, wholesome, organic meals from local sources is preferred. The nature of this work involves a lot of travel and hence the consumption of carbon miles. To counter this, we undertake revegetation work, pulling weeds and planting native bush plants in two locations.
Leanganook is the DjaDja Wurrung (the local Indigenous people) word for the mountain that dominates the landscape where we are based. Leanganook is situated in the central goldfields, near the town of Castlemaine and in the Mount Alexander Shire, in Victoria, Australia. This is Dja Dja Wurrung country.
Yarn is a word used often in Australian Aboriginal English describing people talking to each other in a relaxed way. It represents story telling and the significant place that yarning holds in building relationships and undertaking work with people, projects and organisations. Yarn is also a thread used in many women’s craft, and for us represents women weaving their story into the strength of an organisation and program. The yarn in women’s craft can hold their social, cultural and spiritual traditions and strength. This is also about the consideration of gender in our work.