Edwin Akwu
Edwin Akwu

A chance to participate in a Refugee Week celebration in July has given a socially isolated engineer the confidence to engage with the community and prove once more that people with disability can be an asset to our society.

Launch of the Parramatta Housing Access Project
Launch of the Parramatta Housing Access Project

Dr Geoff Lee, Member for Parramatta, on August 15 launched the Parramatta Housing Access Project, a collaboration between real estate agents, homelessness service providers and government agencies including housing and community services in Western Sydney.

Cooking classes at Jamie's Ministry of Food
Cooking classes at Jamie's Ministry of Food

Twelve people of Iraqi and Syrian background supported by Core Community Services have participated in a seven-week cooking course with Jamie’s Ministry of Food at Wetherill Park.

MMSI at Teen Ranch Cobbity
MMSI at Teen Ranch Cobbity

National Families Week in May was a time to celebrate with family, make contact with extended family and friends, and connect to activities within the wider community.

Refugee Week collage for NSW Settlement Partnership
Refugee Week collage for NSW Settlement Partnership

The following are events for Refugee Week – Sunday June 18 to Saturday June 24 2017 – organised by or in collaboration with members of the NSW Settlement Partnership.

Migrants on a walking tour in Royal National Park
Migrants on a walking tour in Royal National Park

Gymea Community Aid and Information Service partnered with Sutherland Shire Council and Advance Diversity Services to celebrate Reconciliation Week this year.

Top Talent Placement Corporate breakfast
Top Talent Placement Corporate breakfast

Skilled migrants make up 68% of migrant entrants in Australia, and are twice as likely to have a university degree compared to an Australian-born worker. Despite this, they make up only 5% of the tertiary qualified workforce, with 9% of skilled migrants who have attained a permanent visa remaining unemployed.

Kalachakra 2017 at Bodhgaya
Kalachakra 2017 at Bodhgaya

Maria-Elena Chidzey, Coordinator of Northern Beaches Multicultural Services, Manly Community Centre & Services, is so close to her Tibetan friends and clients that late last year they invited her to attend with them one of the most important events for the Tibetan community and Buddhist religion: the Kalachakra Initiation at Bodh Gaya, Bihar, in east India.

Emmanuel Musoni, Refugee Alternatives, Resourceful and Resilient – strength-based resettlement
Emmanuel Musoni, Refugee Alternatives, Resourceful and Resilient – strength-based resettlement

The resettlement of families from a refugee background at Mingoola in regional NSW is a great example of what refugees can contribute to this country, according to Emmanuel Musoni, chairperson of Great Lakes Agency for Peace and Development International.

Women in Harmony with Sirens Big Band
Women in Harmony with Sirens Big Band

A group of novice singers and musicians from refugee and migrant backgrounds delighted a packed audience in the Powerhouse Youth Theatre, Fairfield, on December 10 with their Women in Harmony showcase.

Joel Loum Okumu, John Bell, Richard 3 banner
Joel Loum Okumu, John Bell, Richard 3 banner

Joel Loum Okumu, a former student of St Francis Xavier’s College, Newcastle, and participant in programs run by Northern Settlement Services (NSS), has won a prestigious John Bell Scholarship.

ADSI Refugee Youth Awards
ADSI Refugee Youth Awards

From July 2015 to June 2016 NSW Settlement Partnership (NSP) helped many thousands of clients through casework, services, community coordination and youth settlement.

Families featured in Courageous Journeys
Families featured in Courageous Journeys

Two busloads of refugee families travelled from Liverpool to an exhibition in Glebe for the launch of Courageous Journeys: A Family Portrait on November 16.

Parramatta Real Estate Engagement Steering Committee
Parramatta Real Estate Engagement Steering Committee

A new NSW Settlement Partnership project in the Parramatta local government area will help tenants, real estate agents and landlords who are attempting to manage failing tenancies.

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With business suits from the likes of Yves Saint Laurent, Hugo Boss and Pierre Cardin you would be forgiven for thinking you were standing in a high-end store in downtown Sydney instead of an office premises located in suburban Bankstown.

Dress for Work is a project run by Metro Assist designed to give men from marginalised and disadvantaged backgrounds business suits in order to attend job interviews and other important appointments.

Senator Zed Seselja
Senator Zed Seselja

Assistant Minister for Social Services and Multicultural Affairs, Senator Zed Seselja, on September 22 visited three NSP partners during a trip to Sydney.

SSI, Manly and MECA staff
SSI, Manly and MECA staff

In collaboration with EJD Consulting & Associates, SSI hosted an NSP Evaluation and Reporting Workshop at SSI Bankstown on September 7.

The workshop, which focused on client outcomes, was held to encourage and support NSP partners to contribute to the NSP evaluation framework. 

MECA Girl SKILS graduation
MECA Girl SKILS graduation

Twelve young women graduated from Mount Druitt Ethnic Communities Agency’s (MECA) Girl SKILS program in September.

Their successful completion of the program — Smarts, Know-How, Intelligence, Leadership and Strength — was the culmination of nine weeks of effort and dedication towards gaining lifelong interpersonal skills.

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