Supporting a second chance at positive change in WA

Ngalla Maya is a not-for-profit organisation located in Perth WA, designed to reduce Australia’s disturbing Indigenous incarceration rate and bring about positive change within the prison system.   

Operating since 2014, Ngalla Maya supports Aboriginal people of Western Australia who have been released from prison to reintegrate into society. They aim to inspire current and former inmates to commit to training and education opportunities that lead to employment.

Ngalla Maya provides literacy and numeracy education for participants in a range of West Australian prisons and juvenile justice centres. Once released, they organise job training that prepares people for a variety of industries, then find them job placements and mentor them the whole way.

The strength of Ngalla Maya lies in its ability to form relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and create a safe and comfortable space for clients.

The organisation has achieved enormous success rehabilitating and finding employment for ex-offenders. Running on only the passion of volunteers, Ngalla Maya’s founders Merv and Aaron knew they could achieve even greater success with funding support.

They invited ICV to assist on a funding submission to the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet. ICV connected Ngalla Maya with skilled volunteers Bruce and Lyn who have worked with them over the past few years building a business case and finalising their funding applications.

Excitingly their submission was successful, with the Department deciding to invest heavily in Ngalla Maya’s Reintegration Program, allowing the organisation to grow and reach even more people.  

 “The support given by ICV and its volunteers has been instrumental in the successful approval of numerous grants and funding applications,” said Aaron from Ngalla Maya.

“Ngalla Maya’s funding enables us to carry on our vital work to the most critically vulnerable and to their families also.”