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.

Delegation from China visits Core Community Services
Delegation from China visits Core Community Services

CORE Community Services at Cabramatta on September 21 received a delegation from the People’s Republic of China, headed by Mr Huang Donghui, Deputy Inspector, Research Office, State Ethnic Affairs Commission.

He was accompanied by 23 senior officials from the Ethnic Affairs Commission across China.

Great Lakes Peace Initiative
Great Lakes Peace Initiative

Matthew Neuhaus, the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Assistant Secretary for Africa, will be the keynote speaker at the launch of a national peacebuilding initiative on September 21, aimed at African refugees and migrants from Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

White Ribbon certificate recipients
White Ribbon certificate recipients

Raju Manandhar was one of the eight newly graduated White Ribbon Male Advocates in the St George and Sutherland region from Nepalese, Bangladeshi and Chinese background who became community role models to champion the prevention of violence against women at White Ribbon Night, July 28, at St John’s Anglican Church, Rockdale.

SydWest Navigating Resettlement
SydWest Navigating Resettlement

SydWest Multicultural Services and Western Sydney University’s Centre for Educational Research have teamed up to support young migrants and refugees with their education, career and life goals.

Newcastle students at St Columba School Port Macquarie
Newcastle students at St Columba School Port Macquarie

A cultural exchange program organised in partnership between Manning Valley Neighbourhood Services – Migrant Settlement, Northern Settlement Services and the Multicultural Neighbourhood Centre in Newcastle is giving regional NSW students an opportunity to meet and mingle with counterparts from around the world.

Cultural activities at Manly and Mt Druitt
Cultural activities at Manly and Mt Druitt

SSI CEO Violet Roumeliotis has welcomed two additions to the NSW Settlement Partnership, saying they would enhance the consortium’s capacity to harness local connections and provide effective services for refugee and migrant communities and individuals in NSW.

Former refugee with quilt square
Former refugee with quilt square

As churches prepare to support Syrian refugees arriving in Australia, St Michael’s Anglican Church in Vaucluse has begun making links with refugees who already live in Sydney.

Dor Achiek
Dor Achiek

The NSW Settlement Partnership’s quarterly meeting in June considered operational updates, working group reports and emerging settlement needs and opportunities.

The Al-Badri family
The Al-Badri family

The Liverpool Migrant Resource Centre (LMRC) in partnership with the Melkite Catholic Welfare Association launched the Courageous Journeys: A Family Portrait Photography Exhibition at Bankstown Arts Centre on June 23.

Khadijeh Ebrahimi
Khadijeh Ebrahimi

An Afghan refugee who arrived in Australia with no English language skills has received an Institute Excellence Award at the 2016 Hunter TAFE Awards plus the Cultural Diversity prize, proudly sponsored by Northern Settlement Services (NSS).

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