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Family and Social Support

MYSA: Mums and Bubs

Multicultural Youth SA’s ‘Mum and Bubs’ Program includes direct service provision and community capacity initiatives in metropolitan Adelaide. The program includes Circle of Security Training – an early intervention parenting program designed to enhance attachment security between parents and children.

Migrant Resource Centre Tasmania: Links for Life

The ‘Links for Life’ project worked in collaboration with a number of organisations around Tasmania to show participants the events and activities that have cultural significance in Tasmania and across Australia.

Migrant Resource Centre Tasmania – Phoenix Centre: Diverse Ability

Diverse Ability is a strengths-based, individual capacity building program for people with psychosocial or physical disabilities from a culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) background. Activities focus on the delivery of individual mentoring support, skills building and capacity building to enable people to self-manage, build independence, speak up and advocate for themselves.

Ishar Multicultural Women’s Health Services: Neighbourhood Mothers Program

Centacare Far North Queensland: Our Place

Centacare Far North Queensland (Centacare FNQ)‘s ‘Our Place’ project provides opportunities for communities from diverse backgrounds to have conversations, create connections, build relationships and grow their own social initiatives.

Chinese Australian Services Society: Senior Activity Groups

Chinese Australian Services Society (CASS) supports elderly people in Sydney by navigating language barriers and building social networks through their Senior Activity Groups. During COVID-19, CASS has continued this important work to provide social support for newly arrived migrants and their families.

Access Community Services: 99 Steps

The ‘99 Steps’ program, run by Access Community Services, based in Logan in Queensland, provides specialist, culturally appropriate responses to women and children from non-English speaking backgrounds experiencing domestic and family violence in order to enhance their safety and well being.

Melaleuca Refugee Centre: Family Harmony

Melaleuca Refugee Centre’s Family Harmony Program provides a series of workshops and activities that support families as they adjust to their new community and life in Australia. The workshops are complemented by more informal group activities, and one on one mentoring. Central to the success of the program is its strengths-based community development model.

Multicultural Australia – Culture of Connection Campaign

In response to community concerns about social isolation during Coronavirus, Multicultural Australia launched the Culture of Connection social media campaign. The campaign invites people and organisations to share their stories and experiences through Coronavirus, so that people could remain connected online while experiencing physical distancing and various lockdown restrictions.

MYAN NSW: Youth led activities during COVID-19

MYAN NSW has taken a youth-led approach to adapting its work during COVID-19. They have been running a range of youth-led activities, including online games, facilitating social connection between youth, meditation and yoga sessions, and consultations with young people to understand how young people are feeling at this time. The youth at MYAN NSW have been instrumental in supporting the organisation to use new technologies, and a key lesson learnt for MYAN NSW is the value of employing young people.

Refugee and Child Outreach

The Refugee Child Outreach program works with children and their families to assist them in meeting their needs in their new home.

Building Connected Communities

Settlement DV Alert Training

Parents Café

Parents Café provides a safe and welcoming space for CALD parents to come together to discuss settlement experiences and learn new skills.

Family Harmony Program

Family Harmony Programs empower CALD community leaders to provide new and emerging communities with capacity building that strengthens families and communities.

Diversity Project

The Diversity Project aims to make the White Ribbon Campaign more inclusive, building on meaningful and respectful collaboration with diverse communities.

Women of Worth

The WOW women’s group was initially started as a response to the need for women to have a space to be able to come together to meet socially and participate in activities, especially for those recognised as being socially isolated. The purpose of the group is to target newly arrived refugee women and humanitarian entrants with the aim of empowering them and addressing the issue of social isolation, to increase participants’ knowledge, awareness and solutions regarding Mental Health and to increase participants’ practical skills ability and education levels.

Stories of Making Australia Home

SCoA member, Sydwest Multicultural Services has created an inspiring book which shares the stories of some of Australia's newest citizens. Exploring themes of employment, education, health, social engagement, family and many more, this collection of stories is a message of hope and a celebration of all that Australia stands to gain by welcoming refugees and helping them settle.

See the report here.

Health Family Relationships Program (HFRP)

The HFRP is a collaborative interagency early intervention program that works with the whole family early in their arrival to support and provide advice to the family, particularly in terms of family relationship issues and family breakdowns.