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Indian Essay Competition

CELEBRATE India Inc. is inviting all Victorian primary schools to enter this year's Indian Essay Competition.

This FREE competition is aimed at primary school students in year five and six and is designed to encourage young people to explore and share their experience of the Indian culture.

The top three entries will receive a prize, and the school who submits the most entries in the competition will win a six week AFL Leadership Program which includes a visit from an AFL player.

First prize is two return air tickets to India for the student and a guardian.

Students are enouraged to pen an essay or a piece of descriptive writing, between 300 and 350 words in length on this year's topic.

This year's topic is: "The 26 of January is a significant day for both countries, Australia and India. Describe its significance, similarities and differences in the ways that this event is celebrated in each country."

Schools who are interested in participating in the competition should fill out the enrolment form on theCelebrate India Inc. website, and submit it by 26 June.

All essays submitted must have been written between 13-15 July 2015.

Winners will be presented with their prizes on 7 December at the Diwali celebrations held at Federation Square in Melbourne.

Celebrate India Inc. is a not for profit community organisation which focuses on developing a better understanding of Indian culture among all Victorians.

The Indian Essay Competition 2015 is a part of the organisation's goal to promote community harmony and enhance cultural understanding and acceptance.

Aims of the competition include equipping students with the knowledge and skills required to participate effectively in Victoria's multicultural sociey.

For more information, including enrolment forms, a teachers' resource kit and tips on how to enter, 

Useful Resources from the Victorian Equal Opportunity & Human Rights Commission

THE Victorian Equal Opportunity & Human Rights Commission (VEOHRC) have produced a series of useful resources and publications.

The resources include a list of guides, including, Cultural diversity in the workplace - a guide for employers working with Muslim employees. This guide provides tips and things to think about when working with Muslim employees. It explains some common Islamic practices such as daily prayers, observances of Ramadan, wearing the hijab, beards and halal dietary requirements.

You can find the guide here

VEOHRC also have an extensive list of useful guides outlining your rights. Topics include your rights in the workplace, pregnancy and work, information guides in languages other than English, information for Muslim employees, mature-age workers rights and guides written in easy English.

You can access this list of guides here

The Commission can also help you with your rights in different ways. Services provided by the Commission include:

  • a telephone Enquiry Line providing free information on discrimination, victimisation, sexual harassment, racial or religious vilification, equal opportunity and the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities (the Charter).
  • online delivery of comprehensive information about the Equal Opportunity Act 2010, the Racial and Religious Tolerance Act 2001 and the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities
  • education, training and consultancy services on equal opportunity and human rights and responsibilities under the law
  • a free, fair and timely dispute resolution service for people who may have experienced discrimination, sexual harassment, vilification or victimisation
  • seminars that debate and explore issues and developments in equal opportunity and human rights law

Multicultural Cinema - Greek language with English subtitles

Christos Iaonnides and band, Greek Orthodox Community Women’s Dance Group and a movie screening

When: Sunday 3 May 2015

Where: Yan Yean Theatre, Plenty Ranges Arts and Convention Centre, 35 Ferres, South Morang

Phone Number: 9407 5913

Multicultural Concert

Featuring ten different performances Greek and Chinese Dance groups, Italian singing, African drummers, Koorie Didgeridoo, Mandarin Fashion Show, Srilankan comedy act.

When: Tuesday 21 April 2015

Where: Yan Yean Theatre, Plenty Ranges Arts and Convention Centre, 35 Ferres, South Morang

Phone Number: Bookings 9407 5913

JCMA School Workshops Presenters Required

THE Jewish Christian Muslim Association of Australia (JCMA) Schools Program is seeking expressions of interest for new schools presenters for the Primary and Secondary School Workshop Program.

The JCMA schools program aims to positively counter stereotypes and religious discrimination. The workshops provide a forum to promote acceptance of diversity and difference encouraging greater understanding, respect and empathy for people different from ourselves in our schools and wider community.

People of Jewish, Christian or Muslim faith background who are confident public speakers, dynamic and articulate are advised of this unique opportunity to share experiences of their beliefs and practices with young people.

As a JCMA presenter you will need:
· Strong knowledge of your faith and willingness to share your story
· Capability to engage and connect with young audiences
· Knowledge to convincingly respond to questions and work collaboratively
· Confident presentation skills including role play (Primary Program is largely performance-based)

To apply forward you CV by email by 4.00pm, Thursday 23 April 2015.

When: Thursday 23 April 2015

Phone Number: 9287 5571

Youth Ambassadors Wanted!

ARE you a young person (15-25 years old) from a refugee or migrant background, and are passionate about sexual health issues?

The Centre for Culture, Ethnicity and Health (CEH) are looking for young leaders to be part of the Multicultural Health and Support  Service (MHSS) Youth Ambassadors Project. As a Youth Ambassador you will help engage, support, educate and empower other young people from multicultural communities on sexual health matters and relationships.

You will have the opportunity to be a voice for change, support young people's right to participate, take action on varied and interesting community development health projects and lead the conversation on youth sexual health issues.

You will receive training in sexual health and leadership opportunities, as well as networking opportunities.

Contact Hope Mathumbu, Community Engagement Officer, CEH, to register your interest.

You can read the flyer HERE

Phone Number: 0437 365 943

The 2015 Darebin Community Awards Are Now Open

Nominations are now open for the 2015 Darebin Community Awards which recognise individuals, groups and business contributions that have helped to make Darebin an inclusive and harmonious place to live.


The 2015 Darebin Community Award - Better Neighbourhood Awards is open to not-for-profit organisations or individuals. This Award focuses on promoting intergenerational harmony. An example of an intergenerational project is a seniors group creating a community garden together with the local primary school.

Winners can receive up to $5000 to help implement or continue their project.

When: Submissions close Friday 1 May 2015

Help Needed For Research Project On Multicultural Arts

ONE of the first major research projects to focus on how multicultural arts impact on Australia's areas of emerging population growth is currently underway. The project, Multiculturalism and governance: evaluating arts policies and engaging cultural citizenship, is funded by the Australian Research Council and examines how multicultural arts can promote a sense of belonging within culturally and linguistically diverse communities. Held in collaboration with partner organisations the City of Whittlesea, Arts Victoria, the Victorian Office of Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship (OMAC) and the Australia Council, the project will assess how cultural citizenship takes place through cultural participation. It will also develop a set of cultural indicators and generate best practice models that will benefit policy professionals, arts organisations and multicultural advocates. As part of the project, researchers at the University of Melbourne are conducting a survey to better understand people's cultural activities and to ensure that cultural policies reflect community priorities. The survey is open to everyone and takes approximately 15 minutes to complete. The survey is available in English, Chinese and Arabic. To access the survey click on the link below.

When: N/a

Where: N/a

Darebin City Council Community Support Program Grants

The Darebin City Council makes available grants towards programs and activities that benefit the Darebin community. Communities of faith in Darebin and surrounding suburbs are encouraged to apply. If you are a not-for-profit community group or organisation you might be eligible for the Darebin City Council “Community Support Program Grants” Community Support Program Grants “can assist with a wide range of projects and activities which enable Darebin residents to participate in the social, cultural and economic life of the Municipality”. “Community grants can be used by community groups and organisations to implement projects and activities that support Council priorities”, like arts and culture, sporting and recreation, community festivals and celebrations, education and learning, the environment, healthy living and safety”. The primary activity must be within Darebin and open to the general public. 2015/2016 funding round provides the following grants: 1. Annual Cash Grants for up to $6,000 2. Facility Hire Subsidy Grants for up to $6,000. 3. Combined Cash Grant and Facility Hire Subsidy Grants for up to $6,000. Only On-line Applications will be accepted. A Community Information Session will be held on Date: Thursday 26 March Time: 6.00pm – 8.00pm Location: Council Chambers, 350 High Street, Preston. The funding program will open on 2nd March 2015 and the closing date for applications is at 12.00am (end of Day) on Monday 27th April, 2015. For more information on Darebin City Council’s grants program, please call the Community Grants Officer on 8470 8504. Community Support Program’s Information Booklet with comprehensive information on the program is available from www.darebin.vic.gov.au/communitygrants or hardcopies can be obtained from our Customer Service Office at 274 Gower Street, Preston.

When: 26 March 2015

Where: Council Chambers, 350 High Street, Preston.

Phone Number: 8470 8504

Louise Multicultural Community Centre (LMCC)

Louise Multicultural Community Centre (LMCC) is a not for profit Community Centre situated in Box Hill. We offer many different courses and activities for people of various ages and backgrounds. Our students come from over 30 different countries. Our courses offer you an opportunity to communicate with others and to learn new skills in a friendly and relaxed environment. Our programs include but are not limited to ESL English classes (Beginners, Intermediate, Advanced) , Computer & iPad, Mandarin, Migrant Friendship Group and Book Buddies. LMCC also provides a range of volunteer opportunities to assist in the areas of tutoring, office duties and short projects. We offer practical placement/work experience for secondary and tertiary students. Embracing the LMCC philosophy of “learning together” through guidance, mentoring and hands-on training, many volunteers have gained further skills development which help them obtain permanent employment in their chosen field.

When: Ongoing

Where: Suite 8, Town Hall Hub, 27 Bank Street, Box Hill

Phone Number: 03 9285 4850

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

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