Macarthur Diversity Services

Macarthur Diversity Services Initiative (MDSI) is a registered, not-for-profit charity that offers practical help and support services to the disadvantaged and marginalised.

MDSI was initially established in 1983, as an outreach project of the Liverpool Migrant Resource Centre, to provide settlement and re-settlement services for migrants and refugees residing in the Campbelltown, Camden and Wollondilly Local Government Areas. In 2009 we launched our new name, Macarthur Diversity Services Initiative Ltd, reflecting our ongoing commitment to providing new and innovative charitable services throughout the Macarthur region.

Our mission is to assist disadvantaged and marginalised people by providing services that facilitate acceptance and inclusiveness, develop individual, family and community resilience, and build enduring relationships.

Based on an integrated service delivery system MDSI’s programs are specifically tailored through four broad service areas: children, youth, family and aged. Programs include aged services, children's services, disability services, family services, youth services, Cafe Kulcha, food security and services for men.

Target group

MDSI provides settlement and other diversity services for migrants, refugee entrants, special humanitarian program entrants and protection visa holders, persons who hold or have held a temporary protection visa, and families from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

Programs

Complex Case Support (CCS). This delivers specialised and intensive case management services to humanitarian entrants with exceptional needs. The program is designed to work in partnership with settlement and mainstream services to address the often significant barriers these clients face in settling in Australia.

CALD Family Settlement. Our CALD Family Settlement program addresses the needs of families from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds towards improved safety, health, education and social life with:

  • information and support;
  • advocacy and referral;
  • goal-oriented casework;
  • information on local resources and facilities;
  • information regarding rights, entitlements, responsibilities and complaint procedures;
  • help with enrolling in school and English Language Courses;
  • help with recognition of overseas qualifications;
  • help obtaining legal advice and assistance;
  • social and educational groups.

This service is for permanent residents who have arrived in the last five years as humanitarian entrants or family stream migrants.

Generalist Case Worker. The Generalist Case Worker addresses the needs of communities and individuals from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds towards improved safety, health, education and social life with:

  • goal-oriented case work;
  • information on government and non-government services;
  • facilitate access to mainstream services;
  • advocacy and referrals;
  • information on local resources and facilities;
  • information regarding rights, entitlements, responsibilities and complaint procedures; help with enrolling in school and English language courses;
  • help with recognition of overseas qualifications;
  • help obtaining legal advice and assistance;
  • social and educational groups;
  • cultural workshops for services, schools and community groups.

This service is for permanent residents who have arrived in the last five years as humanitarian entrants or family stream migrants.

Youth Settlement Worker. Our Youth Settlement Worker provides support to young people between the ages of 12 and 24 from a migrant, refugee or humanitarian background that have been in Australia for less than five years. This position aims to effectively engage with a range of young people from CALD backgrounds who may be at risk of disconnecting from their family, community and vocational activity through the provision of programs and activities which will promote self-esteem and skill development to stabilise their housing, rebuild family relationships and achieve their goals.

Contact

Macarthur Diversity Services Initiative
Business hours: Monday - Friday: 9.00am - 5.00pm
Head office address: Level 3, Suite 2 Campbelltown City Centre, 171-179 Queen Street Campbelltown 2560
Postal address: PO Box 525 Campbelltown NSW 2560
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Telephone: (02) 4627 1188

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