News and Events
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.