It’s a common misconception that when geese fly in a flock or V-formation the bird at the front is the only leader of the group.
In fact, the birds will work together and rotate positions. By doing so, the whole group are able to travel further than if they were flying solo.
The word yarredi refers to the local Indigenous name for the Cape Barren goose. On the lands of the Barngarla people in what is now known as Port Lincoln in South Australia, another group known as Yarredi similarly work together to foster positive shared outcomes.
Founded in 1979, Yarredi Services provides a range of specialist domestic and family violence (DFV) services to local women and children including specialist counselling, a therapeutic children's wellbeing program, practical assistance for women and children who have experienced DFV, and crisis accommodation.
According to Executive Officer Sharyn Potts, the analogy of yarredi working together to fly further ties in closely with the work done by the organisation to provide support to clients in need.
“It's about teamwork, encouragement, support, respect, leadership and a sense of community,” she explains. “We pride ourselves on our teamwork and supporting each other so we're able to provide services to clients who need support.”
Sadly, the effects of DFV are well known in Australia. One-in-three women experience physical or sexual violence in their lifetime and DFV is the leading cause of death, illness and disability for women aged under 45.