Manning women build cross-cultural connections
Manning women build cross-cultural connections

On March 7 the Migrant Settlement Service (Manning Valley Neighbourhood Service) partnered with Manning Regional Art Gallery for a Women’s Week event: Building Cross Cultural Connections.

VIPs including the Mayor of Blacktown, local Indigenous elders, Chief Inspector Bob Fitzgerald and SydWest CEO and staff.
VIPs including the Mayor of Blacktown, local Indigenous elders, Chief Inspector Bob Fitzgerald and SydWest CEO and staff.

SydWest Multicultural Services led or participated in a number of Harmony Day events for 2019 — including Blacktown, Parramatta and St Marys.

Sydney Multicultural Community Services celebrates Harmony Day
Sydney Multicultural Community Services celebrates Harmony Day

Sydney Multicultural Community Services celebrated Harmony Day on March 26 at the Crows Nest Community Centre.

Beverly Hills Girls High School students
Beverly Hills Girls High School students

On Tuesday March 12, Advance Diversity Services (ADS) partnered with MAX Employment Rockdale to give 12 students from Beverly Hills Girls High School the chance to gain basic skills in how to prepare for jobs and interviews.

NSP photo collage
NSP photo collage

The NSW Settlement Partnership (NSP), a consortium of community organisations, has been approved as a provider of settlement services in NSW under the Department of Social Services’ Settlement Engagement and Transition Support (SETS) program.

A Thai women’s group enjoyed a basic accessory-making workshop at Advance Diversity Services while learning about the importance of recognising and responding to domestic and family violence
A Thai women’s group enjoyed a basic accessory-making workshop at Advance Diversity Services while learning about the importance of recognising and responding to domestic and family violence

On December 2, Advance Diversity Services’ Thai Women’s group enjoyed a basic accessory-making workshop while learning about the importance of recognising and responding to domestic and family violence.

Newcastle students visit Wauchope High School's ag plot
Newcastle students visit Wauchope High School's ag plot

Manning Valley Neighbourhood Services, Northern Settlement Services and Newcastle Multicultural Neighbourhood Centre joined for a successful youth cultural exchange trip in November.

Cover of report Path to Nowhere
Cover of report Path to Nowhere

“Path to Nowhere”, a report released on December 10, draws attention to the obstacles faced by women experiencing family violence while living on temporary visas.

16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence banner
16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence banner

The NSW Settlement Partnership (NSP) and Settlement Services International are pleased to announce the launch the Domestic and Family Violence (DFV) Community of Practice in Settlement to mark the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence.

Participants at the 20Voices Youth Symposium
Participants at the 20Voices Youth Symposium

Over 30 young people took part in the annual 20Voices Youth Symposium organised by the Youth Collective in September.

Covers of research reports
Covers of research reports

Links to reports, commentary and research on the NSW State Budget, employment, youth and migration.

Recipients of refurbished laptops
Recipients of refurbished laptops

It’s been a long road to get to Australia for 21-year-old Azim, who fled war-torn Afghanistan in 2013 and spent years in limbo before being granted a humanitarian visa and settling in Newcastle in 2017.

Friendship hikers
Friendship hikers

Gymea Community Aid and Information Service, in partnership with Advanced Diversity Services, last month held a friendship hike for 39 adults and children in the Royal National Park.

Blacktown Employment Accelerator
Blacktown Employment Accelerator

SydWest Multicultural Services recently partnered with SSI-Ability Links and Blacktown City Council to undertake a pilot Employment Accelerator aimed at improving economic outcomes for job seekers from refugee and migrant backgrounds, as well as people with disability, in the Blacktown LGA.

An ADS Nepalese cultural dance class
An ADS Nepalese cultural dance class

For four years, cultural dance classes have been connecting children and teenagers from Nepalese backgrounds that live in the St George and Sutherland area with their rich cultural roots and the wider community.

Each Sunday, around 20 young people, aged 4 to 17, meet at Advance Diversity Services (ADS) in Rockdale to be tutored by Nepalese dance teacher Anjeela BK in the folk and classical dances that have helped to shape and preserve Nepal’s diverse culture over millennia.

Participants at Indonesian Cultural Day in Rockdale
Participants at Indonesian Cultural Day in Rockdale

More than 100 people gathered to enjoy music and dancing, and to celebrate Youth Pledge Day’s message of unity, at an Indonesian Cultural Day held in Rockdale on October 14.

The day was organised by the Indonesian Reference Group from Advance Diversity Services and the Indonesian community from St John’s Anglican Church in Rockdale.

New mural at Kogarah High School
New mural at Kogarah High School

A vibrant new mural that celebrates harmony and diversity now flanks a classroom at Kogarah High School thanks to the collaborative effort of students, arts organisations, and the Settlement and Community Services Program at Advance Diversity Services (ADS).

Sutherland Shire Refugee and Asylum Seeker Youth Forum
Sutherland Shire Refugee and Asylum Seeker Youth Forum

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.

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