SydWest Multicultural Services has opened an office in the heart of Penrith, offering a range of services to assist refugees, humanitarian entrants and culturally and linguistically diverse communities in the Penrith and Nepean region.
SydWest, a member of the NSW Settlement Partnership, for the past 30 years has been helping people from non-English speaking backgrounds to settle successfully in Western Sydney.
SydWest CEO, Elfa Moraitakis, said that the new office in Penrith came at a crucial time.
Ms Moraitakis (pictured, centre, with members of NSW’s new Syrian Community Association) said, “the past few years has seen a steady increase in the number of new and emerging communities to the Penrith area and, with the anticipated arrival of Syrian refugees over the coming months, it is important that those settling into the Penrith/Nepean region are supported with their settlement needs.”
She said the new office in Penrith would allow SydWest to work with other agencies and existing services to ensure that all CALD communities were supported and empowered to successfully integrate into Australian society.
SydWest will provide a range of services and programs from its new Penrith office, including information sessions, English classes, referrals, social groups and face-to-face support for new arrivals, along with youth programs to help engage new young arrivals through casework, education support, sports activities and social events.