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Multicultural Youth Forum in Dandenong - Women Only Event

THE Victorian Multicultural Commission (VMC) has held two successful Multicultural Youth Forums in Ballarat and Shepparton. The Multicultural Youth Forums are part of the VMC's annual Community Consultations. The VMC knows that young people's voices are important and should be heard and is encouraging young people aged 16-25 to get involved. By holding these Youth Forums the VMC is starting a conversation about what really matters to Victoria’s multicultural youth. The next Multicultural Youth Forum will take place on 4 March in Dandenong and is a women only event. A participant at a recent Youth Forum held in Gippsland had a positive experience and would encourage others to get involved: "The VMC forum was definitely something worth attending. I strongly encourage young people to attend and get involved. I'm so glad I went. The VMC is the main link between government and cultural and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities in Victoria. Every year the VMC holds a series of state-wide Consultations to determine the needs of Victoria's diverse communities. The information gathered at the Community Consultations is then fed back to government departments.

When: 4 March 2015

Where: Dandenong

Phone Number: (03) 9651 0605

Women’s Federation for World Peace in the Hills - Workshops

WFWP is committed to providing women with the knowledge, tools and the support needed to create lasting peace at home, in our communities and our nations. Local chapters aim to empower women to discover their unique value within a supportive multicultural community.

When: 1st Sunday of the month

Where: Belgrave Library, Reynolds Lane, Belgrave

Phone Number: Anne Bellavance 5968 2664

Women’s Federation for World Peace in the City - Her Story

Come along and share in the stories of extraordinary women. Women’s Federation for World Peace is committed to providing women with the knowledge, tools and the support needed to create lasting peace at home, in our communities and our nations. Local Chapters seek to empower women to discover their unique value within a supportive multicultural community.

When: 3rd Sunday of July and October

Where: Multicultural Hub, 506 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne

Phone Number: Anne Bellavance 5968 2664

The 2015 Victorian Honour Roll of Women — Nominations Now Open!

Each year the Victorian Honour Roll of Women recognises and celebrates the great achievements of inspirational women in the community. The search is now on for 20 outstanding women to be inducted into the 2015 Victorian Honour Roll of Women in recognition of their vision, leadership, commitment, hard work and exceptional contribution to their communities or areas of expertise. If you know someone who deserves to be recognised, now is the time to nominate. It could be someone you work with, a family member, a good friend or someone in the community that you hold in high esteem.

When: Nominations are now open and close on 5 September 2014.

Phone Number: For more information call (03) 9096 1384

Victorian Premier’s Volunteer Awards 2014

The Victorian Premier's Volunteer Awards is an opportunity to recognise, thank and celebrate the significant contribution of Victoria's volunteers. Established in 2013, the awards recognise people who give freely of their time to enhance the lives of Victorians. In addition to recognition, winners of the awards will receive a donation for their chosen charity. The Premier is calling for nominations of outstanding volunteer achievements and contributions to Victorian not-for-profit, community and voluntary organisations or projects.

When: Nominations are now open and close on 1 August 2014

Child Restraint Information Now Available in Seven Languages

A video series featuring real parents and carers putting their children into child restraints and shows some of the common mistakes, has been translated into six languages other than English. RACV and TAC joined forces to develop the ‘Nino’s Child Restraint Challenge’ video series. There is a video on each of the restraint types: rearward facing, forward facing and booster seats. To help parents and carers who speak a language other than English, the Child Restraint Challenge videos have been translated into Arabic, Cambodian, Dari, Karen, Persian and Somali. The series will help ensure that restraints and booster seats are used correctly as well as providing tips about what to check before every trip. The video series is supported by VicRoads and Kidsafe. Email the RACV to request a copy of the DVD.

Submissions Now Open For Services Connect Partnerships

Services Connect is the new model for integrated human services in Victoria. It is designed to connect people with the right support, address the whole range of a person’s or family’s needs to help people build their capabilities to improve their lives. On 3 July 2014 the Department for Human Services (DHS) opened a call for submissions for groups of non-government service providers to establish Services Connect Partnerships. These Partnerships will collaborate with the government to test, refine and develop the Services Connect model. Up to eight Services Connect Partnerships will be established, bringing together groups of service providers to lead, coordinate and integrate service delivery in DHS area. The department is currently looking for proposals from groups of service providers to deliver services for people who may need support with mental health issues, alcohol and drug issues, family violence, homelessness, social isolation, disability, parenting, financial or economic isolation, offending or anti-social behaviour, among many other possibilities. This process will draw on the expertise and experience of non-government providers to design, refine, test and evaluate Services Connect. The deadline for submissions is 2.00pm, Thursday 14 August 2014. A copy of the Advertised Call for Submissions - Services Connect Partnerships document is available via registration at www.tenders.vic.gov.au A range of resources to assist with the preparation of submissions is available at www.servicesconnect.vic.gov.au

Free English Language Tuition

The Horn of Africa Communities Network Inc. has an English Language program which provides free English language tuition for migrants to help them learn the basics. The program, which is run by volunteers at the organisation, also plans to set up a program to help African-speaking children with their daily homework assignments.

When: Thursday and Friday between 10.00am and 2.00pm.

Where: 3 Pilgrim Street, Footscray

Phone Number: 03 9689 2586

Website: www.hacn.org.au

Applications for the African Leadership Development Program 2014 Are Now Open

APPLICATIONS for the African Leadership Development Program (ALDP) 2014 are now open! The ALDP provides an outstanding opportunity for 25 emerging African Australian leaders to develop their leadership skills to contribute to community development. Applicants from all African backgrounds who have demonstrated their commitment to community development can apply for the program. Young emerging leaders and women are encouraged to apply. The program is delivered by the African Think Tank in partnership with Leadership Victoria and funded by the Office of Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship (OMAC). The program includes guest speakers who will share their insights and leadership experiences, a peer support group, a mentor program and collaborative community projects. Please contact Leadership Victoria for more information or for help with the application form.

When: Applications close 30 July 2014

Phone Number: 03 9651 6590

Free Public Forum - Let's Talk About Gambling In Multicultural Communities

Come along to this free public forum which aims to explore the attitudes and issues around gambling in multicultural communities. A joint Loddon Campaspe Multicultural Services, ECCV and Monash University event, this forum aims to start a conversation about responsible gambling in Victoria's multicultural communities. The forum will present new research on perceptions of gambling in ethnic communities and will include a panel of speakers on empowering people to make informed choices around gambling, followed by workshop discussions. Community leaders, managers and workers in ethnic and multicultural community organisations, local government, representatives from health and community organisations and academics with an interest in culturally diverse communities are encouraged to attend.

When: 30 July 2014 - 3.00pm - 5.00pm

Where: Bendigo Tafe Multi-purpose Room 1, Mundy Street, Bendigo

Phone Number: 03 9349 4122

Cost: RSVP by 25 July 2014

Bookings: RSVP by 25 July 2014

Pacific Climate Warrior Benefit

350.org Pacific is a not-for-profit, youth led network with teams in fifteen Pacific countries. The organisation is building a response to climate change that draws on the cultural strengths of Pacific Islanders. This year, a team of “Pacific Climate Warriors” carrying traditional style canoes will sail from islands all over the Pacific to Sydney. While in Australia, the Warriors will draw attention to the links between Australian fossil fuel exports and climate change, calling on our leaders to stand up for the Pacific by taking bold action on climate. The Pacific Climate Warrior Benefit will raise funds for this important project. The benefit will feature performers from all over the Pacific, including dance and voice performances, a Samoan slap dance troupe, a Tama Tatau, Polynesian dance group and a Fijian singer and guitarist. There will also be information about the fight to stop climate change in the Pacific through short videos and storytelling. Food and drink will be available on the night, with Kaindia Fijian Restaurant holding a food stall. This is a family-friendly, alcohol free event.

When: Friday 22 August, 7.00pm - 10.00pm

Where: Clayton Town Hall, 264 Clayton Road, Clayton

Phone Number: (03) 9419 1662

Email: vicky@350.org

Cost: You can book tickets online or buy them at the door.

Bookings: You can book tickets online or buy them at the door.

United Nations Association of Australia Media Awards 2014

NOMINATIONS are now open for the United Nations Association of Australia National Media Awards 2014. The Awards were initiated as a National Program in 1978 and recognise the role of the media in promoting social justice and humanitarian issues as well as generating awareness within communities that leads to public debate and policy change.Journalists and producers whose work has appeared in the Australian public media between 1 September 2013 and 1 September 2014 are encouraged to nominate now. Categories include Best News or Feature in print media, Best Television, Promotion of Aboriginal Reconciliation, and the Promotion of Multicultural Issues. Winners of the 2014 Media Awards will be announced at the Awards Presentation Dinner to be held at the Hilton on the Park in Melbourne on Friday 24 October 2014. The organisation invites the Australian community come along to this gala event and celebrate the outstanding achievements of this year’s winners and finalists. Nominations close 5.00pm, Monday 1 September 2014 For more information including entry criteria and nomination forms please visit: www.unaavictoria.org.au or contact the UNAA Victoria office on (03) 9670 7878 or awards@unaavictoria.org.au

When: Now until 1 September 2014

Phone Number: (03) 9670 7878

The Business & Investment Opportunities in Egypt Seminar

ORGANISED by the Australia Arab Chabmer of Commerce and Industry (AACCI), this high profile event will provide an insight into the current political and economic climate, as well as the expanding business and investment opportunities in The Arab Republic of Egypt. Don't miss this opportunity to network and meet His Excellency, Dr Hassan Hanafy Mahmoud El-Laithy, Ambassador of the Arab Republic of Egypt to Australia, AACCI members, stakeholders, and the business community.

When: 4 August 2014, 5.30pm - 7.30pm

Where: Level 5, 121 Exhibition Street, Melbourne, Department of State Development, Business and Innovation.

Phone Number: (03) 9014 8111 or 0404 442 311

Privacy, Discrimination and Viral Hepatitis Seminar

Come along to a seminar presented by Hepatitis Victoria, in conjunction with the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission and Footscray Community Legal Centre Inc to find out more about laws and guidance for professionals working with people affected by viral hepatitis. The seminar will cover discrimination and how it affects people with hepatitis, recently developed privacy guidelines developed for health practitioners, and options for addressing discrimination, using examples from the law and the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission’s conciliation processes. The seminar will also cover work being undertaken by Hepatitis Victoria in relation to discrimination and the Footscray Community Legal Centre’s work projects around employment, advocacy and discrimination.

When: Thursday 7 August 2014

Where: Reception Room, Maribyrnong City Council, Cnr Hude and Napier Streets, Footscray

Cost: RSVP to legalseminar@vmsevents.com.au

Bookings: RSVP to legalseminar@vmsevents.com.au

2015 Victorian Women's Governance Scholarship Program is Now Open

Women serving on boards of Victorian Government funded not-for-profit organisations can now apply for the 2015 Victorian Women’s Governance Scholarship program. The program offers 34 Victorian women the opportunity to hone their leadership and decision-making skills by undertaking training with the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Successful applicants also receive a year’s free membership to the institute. This initiative is a partnership between the Victorian Government and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

When: Applications close Monday, 18 August 2014.

Lord Mayor's Student Welcome

The City of Melbourne would like to welcome all international students and other new students living and studying in Melbourne to be part of the Lord Mayor’s Student Welcome event.   The Lord Mayor’s Student Welcome is a special event that recognises and celebrates students’ contributions to the cultural life and diversity of the City (including nearly 36,000 international students who live and study in Melbourne’s central city.)    This FREE event, produced by young people for young people, gives students an opportunity to meet performances, interactive activities, roving entertainers, workshops and information stalls.

When: Saturday 2 August 2014

Where: Various locations

Cost: For more information find them on Facebook

Bookings: For more information find them on Facebook

AMCS One Day Conference - Volunteering Within Ethnic Communities

Find out more about volunteering within ethnic communities at this one day conference. Organised by the Australian Multicultural Community Services Inc, this one-day conference aims to acknowledge and promote volunteering with ethnic communities. Participants will discuss the benefits, challenges and best practice examples experienced by volunteers and organisations. Speakers include George Lekakis AO, CEO Fronditha Care and Wesa Chau, inductee of the 2012 Victorian Honour Roll for Women.

When: Thursday 14 August 2014, 8.30am - 4.15pm

Where: Grand Star Receptions, Cnr Grieve Pde & Dohertys Rd

Phone Number: (03) 9689 9170

Cost: Book or register before Friday 8 August

Bookings: Book or register before Friday 8 August

FREE Forum on Population and Migration Statistics for Policy and Service Planning

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) and the Victorian Government Office of Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship (OMAC) would like to invite you to a free forum on Population and Migration Statistics for Policy and Service Planning. The forum presents statistics which assist in planning and provision of services for culturally and linguistically diverse communities, especially at a local geography level. Presentations will cover the latest products available from the ABS including the Australian Census Longitudinal Dataset and the Australian Census and Migrants Integrated. The Office of Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship will discuss the need for data in light of recent policy developments in Victoria, including the Victorian Government’s new multicultural policy, Victoria’s Advantage: Unity, Diversity, Opportunity (2014), and the Victorian Auditor-General’s Report (2014) Access to Services for Migrants, Refugees and Asylum Seekers. There will also be a panel discussion with representatives from government departments and service providers on data issues and gaps in program planning and service delivery. If you are interested in knowing what information is available, how organisations currently use this data in their decision making, or what the ABS has planned for the 2016 Census, then this forum is for you.

When: Tuesday 19 August 2014

Where: Level 5, Theatrette, 121 Exhibition Street, Melbourne

Phone Number: Ban-Lian Ng (03) 9651 0669

Cost: Please register your interest in attending.

Bookings: Please register your interest in attending.

Working Title 4: A Youth and Media Monitoring Project

DO you have an original and exciting idea for a documentary film and would jump at the chance to make it? Then Working Title at Channel 31 want to hear from you. Working Title are looking for young people from diverse cultures and faiths, aged between 18 and 25, to take part in a free documentary filmmaking program. The successful participants will be selected on the originality of their ideas and their willingness to be involved. Starting at the end of September, the program runs until December and is run over eight sessions. Over the course of the program participants will meet with industry professionals and mentors, and get the opportunity to learn the basic skills of documentary filmmaking. The weekly sessions held on Saturdays will involve writing, use of camera, lighting, sound and pre-production techniques. Participants will be put together in small groups and given support to help them produce four short documentary films, which will be aired on Channel 31 and screened at ACMI at the end of December 2014. For more information contact the project manager, Kelly West.

When: The deadline for applications is Friday 29 August 2014.

Phone Number: (03) 9660 3131

Website: www.c31.org.au

India and Pakistan Meet in Dosti Cup

THE 2014 AFL International Cup clash between Pakistan and India on Saturday August 16 has been hailed the Dosti (Friendship) Cup. The sporting rivalry between Pakistan and India — usually waged on the cricket field or hockey pitch — is as fierce as any around the globe and makes Carlton v Collingwood look like a match between two old friends.   The clash is one of the highlights of the 2014 AFL International Cup (August 9-23) and will be the first ever Australian Football meeting between the two countries.   A huge crowd is expected to attend the game, scheduled for 4.00pm at Highgate Reserve, Craigieburn, which will directly follow the Essendon v Richmond Peter Jackson VFL match.   Both Essendon FC and Richmond Fc have strong ties with the Indian community but it’s the Tigers’ colours that the team’s players will wear during the tournament.   The Pakistan side will wear a traditional green strip and are known as the Shaheens, which is the Persian word for Falcons.   While India has competed at the International Cup in previous years, this is the first time Pakistan will be represented.   To celebrate this historic match, dignitaries from both country’s consulates and leaders of both communities have been invited to attend.   The day will also see Pakistani and Indian food on offer and include dancing, and an exhibition Kabaddi match (traditional sub-continent sport that involves aspects of wrestling).   AFL Victoria engagement manager Xavier Moloney said the International Cup match was another example of how football can break down barriers between cultures.   “To have a Pakistan v India game as part of the International Cup is really exciting and is part of an overall push from AFL Victoria to introduce the game to culturally diverse sections of Melbourne," he said.   “The support of Essendon FC and Richmond FC in this venture has been fantastic with both clubs embracing the chance to engage with the multicultural community.”   AFL Victoria Multicultural Coordinator Kashif Bouns, who was also the founder of the Pakistan team, said both sides would be desperate for victory.   “The Dosti Cup is about bringing the Indian and Pakistani communities together and generating positive relationships through football but victory is still vet much the aim for both sides,” Bouns said.   Twenty five teams, 18 men’s and seven women’s, will take part in the 2014 version of the AFL International Cup, the fifth time the competition has been held.   The majority of games will take place at Royal Park in Carlton before the men’s Grand Final is fought out at the MCG on Saturday August 23.

When: 4.00pm, Saturday 16 August 2014

Where: Highgate Reserve, Craigieburn

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