Meet Zayden Dare-Rainey, Family Safety Officer at tagari lia
by Brighton Council
Based in Bridgewater, tagari lia is an Aboriginal child and family centre which aims to improve the health, well-being and education of Tasmanian children aged 0-5. For over a year, Zayden Dare-Rainey has been a Family Safety Officer at the centre, engaging with Aboriginal children and families. They provide culturally appropriate support, mentorship, advocacy, and promote family safety and address family violence and its impact on Aboriginal children.
Tell us a bit about yourself? I grew up in Gagebrook for seven years and then spent another seven in Bridgewater. As a child, I remember spending a lot of time out in the cul-de-sac with the local kids, no technology or phones around, just kids and imagination terrorising the neighbours! I now live in Brighton which is far enough away, but still close enough to home. In my spare time I enjoy travelling interstate with my young brothers visiting local waterfalls and sites, enjoying being in country. One of my favourite movies is Rob Reiner’s Stand By Me (1986).
What makes tagari lia unique? The community. They all play a part in supporting and empowering each other just like a big family.
What kind of programs does tagari lia provide? There are many programs and services such as Drop in & Play, paediatrician, ParentsNext, speech therapist, parenting courses, D&A counsellor, CHAPS, Aboriginal education, social worker, physiotherapy, food relief, family lawyer, arts and craft, and Rock & Rhyme.
What does tagari lia mean? Family!
What kind of work have you done over the years? Since the age of 14 I’ve worked in a range of different sectors. I started my career in retail and fast food while still attending high school. Toward the end of graduation I was successful in obtaining an Indigenous school-based apprenticeship offering employment with the Commonwealth Bank. That opportunity lead into other sectors such as Business and Administration with local Registered Training Organisations, the public sector with Medicare.
I began my career in family and children support with the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre as a youth mentor/worker.