News and Events
One hundred high school students from eight schools in Sutherland Shire attended an action-packed Refugee and Asylum Seeker Youth Forum on October 20 that used interactive activities and firsthand accounts from recent arrivals from Syria and Kenya to debunk myths about refugees.
SydWest Multicultural Services has partnered with SSI-Ability Links and Blacktown City Council to undertake a pilot project aimed at improving economic outcomes for job seekers from refugee and migrant backgrounds, as well as people with disability in the Blacktown LGA.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, 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.
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.
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.
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.