Deadly Jargums Project

Girra Girra House is a culturally responsive, semi-independent therapeutic program for people whose lives have been impacted by substance use, homelessness, child protection and justice systems, family breakdown and violence. Girra Girra has been developed by Aboriginal people, for Aboriginal people. The program is staffed by people with lived experience who have embarked on their own healing journeys.

Girra Girra provides a safe place for people to begin their individual healing journeys. We take a holistic approach towards healing and recovery by empowering participants with the skills, knowledge and recourses needed to live full and meaningful lives.

Participants of the program will be supported in working towards healing and change through therapeutic and behaviour change programs, skills development and cultural and healing activities.

Girra Girra is a minimum four-month residential program, with the option to continue on for six months. This will be assessed on a case-by-case basis valuing the individual strengths and resilience of the participants.

Foundational components:


  • Safety – Creation of safety within ourselves and our environment.
  • Stability & Structure – Creation of routine and structure
  • Skills – developing skills that will move you towards your goals
  • Healing, Health & Wellness – contemporary healing practices, cultural activities, mindfulness
  • Engagement -increase community engagement, self determination
  • Recovery – actions and behaviours aligned with values and goals.
  • After Care -Ongoing case management support for up to 12 months in community.

Other program components include:

  • Case management – Collaborative development of individual goals such as re-establishing or maintaining relationships with children, support with housing applications and other housing pathways, education and employment, skills development, mental health and health.
  • Therapeutic group work – Goal setting, parenting, yarning, managing emotions, relapse prevention, cultural and healing groups and self-care.
  • Living skills – Budgeting, time management, cooking, taking responsibly and accountability, respect for self, others and environment.
  • Health and wellness – Healthy eating, exercise, establishing routine
This project is targeted towards people who are systems impacted.
  • Impacted by homelessness or transient living, substance misuse, unemployment, systems involvement, mental health and violence
  • Motivation and commitment to change and a willingness to engage in daily activities that support the healing journey
  • Ability to live in Inner West/Canterbury LGA for a minimum of 4 months
  • Single accommodation spaces available (no children as this stage)
Other project information
  • The program will be provided to residents for a minimum period of 4 months with the possibility of extension dependent on full engagement with program
  • We will have two separate houses for men and women which will be supported, holistic and transformational. Staff will be on-site 9am-5pm.
  • Residents will be expected to engage in support through Deadly Connections as part of the project
  • Residents will be expected to be actively working towards their case plan and agreed goals
  • You must be clean of any substances for 5 days prior to moving into Girra-Girra
  • Residents will be expected to contribute towards a Bond and a portion of their income towards rent and utilities (some food/meals will be built into this contribution)
  • Please note that we take people directly from custody, including Opioid Treatment Programs