Luiza Knijnik with trophy and certificate
Luiza Knijnik with trophy and certificate

The Order of Australia Association (NSW) Branch has awarded Luiza Knijnik, a youth leader at Gymea Community Aid and Information Service (GCAIS), a Youth Community Service Award due to her extensive community work and social justice advocacy.

CMRC Sharing Circles collage
CMRC Sharing Circles collage

Community Migrant Resource Centre (CMRC) has been supporting Afghans to resettle in Sydney for over 20 years – including those from Pashtun, Tajik, Uzbek, Hazara and Almak communities.

Naomi Nash
Naomi Nash

The Youth Workers Network, consisting of youth workers across the NSP consortium, on September 15 participated in a workshop facilitated by consultant Naomi Nash, who is working with the NSP on the Exploring Settlement project.

Image of woman with mobile phone
Image of woman with mobile phone

Settlement Services International and Western Sydney University presented the Foundations for Belonging 2021 research findings on September 9 during an online session as part of the ACOSS Policy Webinar Series.

Members of the Blacktown Community Leaders Forum
Members of the Blacktown Community Leaders Forum

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Blacktown Community Leaders Forum established a Community Leaders COVID-19 Emergency Taskforce to bring the community together to create awareness of COVID-19 safety measures, lockdown and vaccination.

Screen shot from Zoom meeting
Screen shot from Zoom meeting

Metro Assist has engaged with nearly 8500 community members and representatives, primarily from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities, to address COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy and empower individuals with information to encourage vaccination.

People dancing
People dancing

Chinese traditional dancing sessions, meditation and mindfulness classes, and bilingual information forums are just some of the activities that will soon be enjoyed by socially isolated seniors from Chinese backgrounds in the Sutherland Shire thanks to Advance Diversity Services (ADS) following a successful application to ClubGRANTS.

Woman and man in covid-19 masks
Woman and man in covid-19 masks

Between July 19 and August 15, Advance Diversity Services (ADS) staff targeted more than 1500 COVID-19 health messages to ensure people in CALD communities were well-informed about the dangers of the coronavirus and the importance of vaccination.

Meeting screenshot in Chinese
Meeting screenshot in Chinese

In response to the government's call to act quickly to the Delta outbreak, which began in mid-June, Karen Lin, the Chinese worker at Accessible Diversity Services Initiative (ADSI), contacted a GP and a staff member from the Western Sydney Local Health District.

Insights banner image
Insights banner image

The NSW Settlement Partnership (NSP) has postponed the launch of its report Insights into Regional Settlement in Practice, originally scheduled for August 17.

Refugee Week photo subjects collage
Refugee Week photo subjects collage

SydWest Migrant Resource Centre showcased ten amazing local refugee success stories during Refugee Week 2021 with a large portrait photographic exhibition – Our Journey.

Youth Workers and the SSI-NSP team.
Youth Workers and the SSI-NSP team.


The NSP Youth Workers Network organised a number of fun activities with support from SSI’s HSP team at the Guildford Soccer and Recreation Club in Guildford Park to celebrate Youth Week.

Cambodian Refugee Week Celebration
Cambodian Refugee Week Celebration

The Cambodian Australian Welfare Council (CAWC) and five other organisations, including the Khmer Community of NSW and Cambodian Buddhist Society, celebrated Refugee Week by organising an event at Wat Khemarangsaram in Bonnyrigg.

Exploring Settlement Reflection Forum
Exploring Settlement Reflection Forum

The NSW Settlement Partnership (NSP) was excited to welcome approximately 80 people to a forum in Parramatta on May 27 to share and reflect on the Exploring Settlement preliminary report.

ADS CEO Antoinette Chow and Senior Manager, Aged and Disability Services, Dimi Vourliotis
ADS CEO Antoinette Chow and Senior Manager, Aged and Disability Services, Dimi Vourliotis

Advance Diversity Services (ADS) has been chosen as an HWEI Gold Tier provider for the second year running in the Australian LGBTQ Inclusion Awards.

coercive control brochures
coercive control brochures

Advance Diversity Services has played a pivotal role in producing six easy-to-read, pocket-sized brochures about coercive control.

Japanese language school opening
Japanese language school opening

A flourishing Japanese language school and an active Japanese arts and culture club are two fruits of a relationship formed by Advance Diversity Services (ADS) just two-and-a-half years ago in a local playgroup.

Exploring Settlement cover image
Exploring Settlement cover image

 

Exploring Settlement: Life in Australia is a collaborative project of the NSW Settlement Partnership (NSP) to strengthen relationships and collaboration with clients, community partners and frontline workers,

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