Ben Atkinson has spent most of his career working towards better outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in his local community.
The proud Wemba-Wemba/Wiradjuri man recently joined the Uniting team in Ballarat as a Tenancy Worker.
Ben is a former Senior Housing Officer with Aboriginal Housing Victoria.
Prior to that, he spent many years co-ordinating employment opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples at a multi-sector University.
“It’s been very rewarding to help create opportunities for our local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people,” Ben said.
On his first day at Uniting, Ben joined the Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) Working Group.
With experience developing RAPs in previous roles, Ben has been instrumental in guiding the development of the plan.
Being a Reflect RAP, it maps out the start of the Uniting journey of reconciliation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
It demonstrates a commitment to learn new ways to strengthen relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities.
“People have good intentions to create change, but without an action plan, change is hard to achieve,” Ben said.
“This action plan will help Uniting take positive steps towards reconciliation, together.”