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Volunteers Needed for Domestic Violence Support Service
Shakti Migrant & Refugee Women’s Support Group Melbourn Inc. is a non-profit, community organisation, providing domestic violence support services to Asian, African and Middle Eastern women in Melbourne. We are looking for volunteers for our new 1800SHAKTI crisis line, which will be based mostly in Rowville. Requirements: • Good telephone skills • Basic data-entry computer skills • Prior knowledge or experience of having worked in a call center preferable but not required • Counsellors, social workers and other community workers desirable • Spoken language skills in at least one Asian, Indian, African or Middle Eastern language, in addition to English, is a requirement for this role Rewards: • Increased awareness and understanding of family violence and issues in migrant communities • Better communication skills, counselling skills • Transport expenses, bedding, showering facilities will be provided • Being part of a multicultural team of women of colour, collectively working towards social change If you are interested please email your CV and a brief introduction of yourself to
MoneyMinded: Training for Community Workers
MoneyMinded is a FREE financial education program that helps people build their financial knowledge, skills and confidence. The program has successfully been operating since 2003. The program includes a two day practical workshop which provides tools and activities that will help community workers and their clients. Topics include setting goals, budgeting, dealing with debt, consumer rights and responsibilities, and financial planning for the future. Training can be delivered at your organisation with a group of eight or more.
When: March to December 2015
Where: Various Locations
Phone Number: (03) 9445 2423
Adding Pimento: Caribbean Migration to Victoria, Australia
THE Caribbean Association of Victoria (CaribVic) and Victoria University (VU) collaborate to produce stories of migration from the Caribbean to Victoria, Australia Adding Pimento is a collection of 30 personal stories from and about members of the Caribbean community in Victoria. Published by Melbourne-based Breakdown Press the book documents Caribbean migration to Victoria from the 1830s. Adding Pimento reveals the relatively unknown and fascinating history of Caribbean (or West Indian) migration to Victoria; a vibrant, diverse community in Victoria made up of people from different countries, cultures, ethnicities and racial backgrounds, its contribution to the state and the choice of Victoria as a home (far) away from home. The title Adding Pimento alludes to the berry (also know as allspice) or the mild Pimento pepper added to Caribbean food for a distinctive, pungent flavour. The leaf and wood are used in the smoking process for enhancement to the famous barbecue jerk dishes. In this context, the Caribbean people and their stories of migration have added another layer to multicultural Victoria since the early 1800s. The stories reflect the different linguistic modes of the Commonwealth Caribbean with some people speaking in Standard English, some in Caribbean English, and a couple in a combination of English and patois. This wonderful account of a niche history in Victoria gives voice to the state’s Caribbean community, acknowledges its contribution and celebrates those no longer with us. All book sale proceeds go to The Caribbean Association of Victoria Inc. to support ongoing community projects. ADDING PIMENTO - a CaribVic and Victoria University collaboration. Assisted by grants from the Victorian Multicultural Commission (VMC) and Victoria University, donations and fundraising activities.
When: Published December 2014
Where: Readings Carlton, 309 Lygon Street, Carlton
Volunteer with Young Refugees in the Ucan2 Program
VOLUNTEERS in the Ucan2 Program help newly arrived young refugees settle happily into a new life in Australia. Could you help young people make the most of opportunities while balancing some of the challenges of day to day life? We are seeking volunteers in 2015 for programs based in: · Dandenong · Noble Park · Collingwood · Preston · Box Hill Volunteers will volunteer for 2 ½ hours a week, between 12pm and 3:30pm, for 18 weeks. The Ucan2 program starts in February 2015 and finishes in June 2015, with interviews and training throughout December and January. You will be joining a fun and dynamic group to help with: • Living in Australia • Practicing conversational English • Setting and achieving goals • Getting around and making friends • Developing skills to find work • Exploring further education options • Having fun!!! Are you: • Over 18 • Interested in learning about different cultures • Want to make a difference in a young person’s life • Proactive, enthusiastic and fun • Able commit to 2 ½ hours, one afternoon a week • Able to start in February for 18 weeks?
When: February 2015
Phone Number: (03) 9340 3700
Volunteer For Piers Festival 2015
MULTICULTURAL Arts Victoria (MAV) is seeking enthusiastic volunteers to assist with Victoria’s greatest celebration of migration The 2015 Piers Festival. On Sunday 25 January 2015 The Piers Festival will bring the Port Melbourne piers precinct to life with a spectacular display of music, dance, markets, exhibitions, forums and more. This colourful celebration of Melbourne’s diversity will link in with Victoria’s Australia Day activities and highlight the state’s rich history of migration. The Piers Festival will run on Princes Pier from 12 to 9:30pm. If you would like to be involved, please send an email expressing your interest and briefly outline any relevant work experience to: email@example.com
Asia Art Archive - Open Call For Material!
IN order to better document the contemporary Asian art ecology in Australia where many Asian artists are residing, Multicultural Arts Victoria (MAV)and Asia Art Archive (AAA) are collaborating on a call for material from this region. The organisation are happy to receive publications, exhibition catalogues, leaflets and brochures pertaining to activities of Asian art. Items collected will be delivered to AAA on a regular time interval basis, and then be made available free-of-charge to the public at AAA’s facility in Hong Kong. Through collecting and making information on the recent history of contemporary art in Asia easily accessible, AAA aims to facilitate understanding, research, and writing in the field, enrich existing global narratives, and re-imagine the role of the archive. AAA’s collection is a dynamic, growing body of material intended to reflect contemporary artistic practice and developments of Asia within an international context. Built of 85% donated material, the collection is a community effort that has grown from a few bookshelves in 2000 to the current platform with over 50,000 records of both physical and digital items. Artists, communities & collectors interested in donating material are invited to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or +61 3 9188 3681 with a description of their materials and to arrange a time to send the material to us. For enquiries about AAA please contact Kit-Long Lam at email@example.com.
Phone Number: (03) 9188 3681
Melbourne Language Picnic 2015
THIS event is organised entirely by volunteers from the Languages Action Alliance to bring together families from all walks of life and all language backgrounds to spend a day having fun with languages. The organisation would like your input to make it happen and to help shape the program - see below. Draft Activities Plan – additional ideas welcome! Language Trail – all day Families collect an activity pack from the registration table and follow a designated trail where animal names have been displayed in various languages. They can fill in a quiz sheet and collect a prize upon return. Grandparents’ Storytime – presentation at 15 minute intervals “Grandma and Grandpa” – names listed in different languages on the sign • read a story in their language (BYO book with pictures) • or tell a story about their childhood pets, a special animal in their home country, or their favourite animal Culture Craft – non-stop • Help children make an item relevant to your culture/country/community e.g. lantern, hat, mask, shakers, maracas etc. • Help children make special animals from playdough A Taste of Language – at 15 minute intervals • Teach a few words of your language to others, e.g. phrases like greetings, thanks, introduction etc. Language, Music and Movement – 15 minutes, intermittent in central location • Provide song texts (to be shown on big screen) and preferably live acoustics for interactive songs • Assist with translations of interactive songs into various languages • Performance on a traditional instrument from your country. Expressions of interest close 25 January 2015 A Community Representative Meeting is booked at Narre Warren Library for Thursday, 29 January 2015, at 6 pm.
When: Community Representative Meeting, Thursday 29 January 2015, 6.00pm
Where: Narre Warren Library
Phone Number: Brigitte 9733 0670
Grant Application Writing Workshop
The Office of Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship is running a grant application writing workshop. The workshop will cover possible funding sources, strategies and tips for writing a successful grant application and a practical component with peer feedback. Please contact Gaby Wolkenberg for more information.
When: 2.00pm-4.00pm, Thursday 18 December 2014
Where: Level 1, 3 Treasury Place, Melbourne
Phone Number: (03) 9651 0684
Communities Leaders In Sustainability Course 2015
The highly successful and popular Community Leaders Sustainability Course is being held again in 2015. Applications now open. This course gives participants the skills to lead inspiring sustainability initiatives in their own community. Course inclusions: · Training in project management, leadership, grant writing, effective marketing (including using social media), building partnerships, community group member recruitment and advocacy, as well as practical information on environmental sustainability. · 8 training sessions - participants expected to attend all 8 sessions · Darebin participants will need to be available every second Thursday evening from 6.00pm – 9.00pm (between February – June 2015) Sessions will be held in the Council Chambers High ST Preston We would love to hear from people who live, work or study in Darebin who have a vision to lead projects on · Food waste reduction / Composting /Food production · Reimaging and reusing old products · Consumption reduction / downshifting / simplicity · Energy efficiency and sustainable transport · Pollution or litter reduction · Habitat protection · And much more – your imagination is the limit! If you are interested in participating in the Sustainability Leaders Course, then please read and complete the attached application form, and return it by email or post to Sustainable Homes and Communities Program Coordinator care of: Email - firstname.lastname@example.org Post - PO Box 91, Preston, VIC, 3072
Carols In All Nations
Carols In All Nations will be held on Saturday 13 December in All Nations Park, Northcote. Carols In All Nations is a celebration of Christmas, peace and community. The event features local choirs, carol singing and a market and attracts around 2500 people depending on the weather! The event is a great opportunity for local groups to hold a fundraising or food stall at the event. If your church or community group is interested, please contact Emily Fuller, Festivals & Events Officer on 8470 8593 or email@example.com
When: 13 December 2014
Where: All Nations Park, Northcote
Phone Number: (03) 8470 8593
FREE Community Health Fitness Sessions
THE Healthy Lifestyle Lounge have been running free fitness sessions at Federation Square for the last year. We have been building a healthy active community in Melbourne for over a year now. As a Community Health Initiative, it has proved extremely successful. Free Fitness Sessions at Federation Square. The Healthy Lifestyle Lounge and Fed Square have teamed up to provide Melbourne city workers and visitors free workouts, yes FREE! Three times weekly you can join in the fun as the coaches and trainers from the Healthy Lifestyle Lounge put you through some fun group exercise. The exercises can be tailored to suit your ability, from couch potato to athlete, they have you covered.
Launch of New DVD Resource - 'Our Voices Stories of carers from migrant and refugee backgrounds'
A SERIES of five new short films which give a rare and profound insight into the lives of carers from migrant and refugee backgrounds who are caring for family members with mental illness, are now available online. These beautifully crafted films, ‘Our Voices’, Stories of carers from migrant and refugee backgrounds, explore the lives of carers from Afghani, Egyptian, Somali, Turkish and Vietnamese communities. The aim of these new films is to raise the profile of carers, as well as providing an important resource for carers, mental health workers, community health services and organisations and education providers. The project is a partnership with the Victorian Multicultural Commission (VMC), Action on Disability within Ethnic Communities (ADEC), CarerLinks North, Medicare Local (Partners in Recovery), Mental Health in Multicultural Australia (MHiMA), the Mental Illness Fellowship, Merri Community Health, Mind Australia, NEAMI National, Tandem and Victorian Transcultural Mental Health (VTMH). The deeply insightful, courageous and poignant stories of the carers show the often overwhelming challenges they face when caring for a family member with mental illness. The films highlight the difficulties of navigating language barriers, the health system and local services, as well as the stigma surrounding mental health issues. VTMH Manager, Mr Daryl Oehm, said the filming was facilitated in a sensitive manner, over many hours, using a variety of techniques to gently draw out the true story through cultural interpretation and idiom to create a genuine narrative. “In their own voices the carers expressed challenges commonly faced by those from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds,” he said. “Among the challenges are managing the distress related to communication difficulties, poor understanding of mental illness and mental health services, difficulties in negotiating appropriate care and managing stigma and social isolation.” The DVDs and narrative will be available in multiple forms: • Original language – Arabic, Vietnamese, Turkish, Dari and Somali. • Voice dubbing into the five community languages so that each community has access to all the stories. • English subtitles. • English voice dubbing.
French Xmas Market & Open Day
COME and experience a special slice of Christmas in France at the French Xmas and Market & Open Day, held at the Alliance Française de Melbourne in the heart of St Kilda. Held at the beautiful Eildon Mansion, this two-day family-friendly event features market stalls selling French products, including food, wine and traditional crafts with a festive flavour. You can pick up a special Christmas presents at the many French products market stalls, enjoy French food and wine under an umbrella while listening to groovy French tunes, and experience the many free activities on offer for children and adults throughout the weekend long event. You can also find out about the language classes and cultural activities held regularly at the Alliance Française de Melbourne. Now in its 11th year, the French Xmas Market and Open Day has become an annual festive rendez-vous not to be missed.
When: 6-7 December 2014, 10.00am-5.00pm
Where: Eildon Mansion, Alliance Française de Melbourne, St Kilda
Phone Number: (03) 9525 3463
Raising Children In More Than One Language
A FREE seminar for parents, early childhood and pre-school workers, grandparents, teachers and others interested in bilingualism and multilingualism for children at home and elsewhere. Raising children in more than one language is a very important process. There are many positive strategies that can be employed. The sessions in this seminar discuss issues in raising children bilingually, show you how to recognise your child’s needs in the language and provide you with important tools to foster your child’s language learning and maximise the advantages available to you.
When: Sunday 7 December 2014, 12.30pm-5.00pm.
Where: Sidney Myer Asia Centre, Cnr Swanston Street & Monash Road, University of Melbourne
Social Cohesion Report 2014
THE Victorian Multicultural Commission welcomes the Scanlon Foundation's survey on Social Cohesion as an important tool in promoting a dialogue about harmony in our multicultural society. Strong public support for Australia’s immigration intake, and the benefits of multiculturalism are two of the findings of the 2014 Mapping Social Cohesion Report, released today. Surveying more than 24,000 people since 2007, the Scanlon Foundation’s report, produced in partnership with Monash University and the Australian Multicultural Foundation, is the largest study of its kind. It monitors public attitudes on issues including immigration, multiculturalism, discrimination, and belonging. According to the results, Australia’s public sentiment toward immigration intake is possibly the most positive in the western world. In 2014, 58% of people agree that the immigration intake is about right or too low. Just 35% of people consider that the immigration intake is too high.
Cultural Leadership Workshops 2014
MULTICULTURAL Arts Victoria (MAV) has developed free cultural leadership workshops in consultation with local governments in Wyndham, Brimbank and Maribyrnong and with MAV’s 2014 Emerge Ambassadors. Culturally diverse artists and community leaders are invited to participate in this series of workshops in Melbourne’s west to share ideas and develop skills in community leadership and cultural management. The workshops will take place in Footscray, Werribee and Sunshine and will provide unique opportunities for participants to network, build leadership and management skills, get to know their local governments and cultural sectors, and discuss common issues with peers and experts. Lunch will be provided each day in between workshops. VENUE LOCATIONS Limited places, booking essential: Trinidad Estay, T: + 613 9188 3681 E: firstname.lastname@example.org multiculturalarts.com.au
Greek Breast Cancer Information Day a BCNA First
Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA) is delivering a free breast cancer information day entirely in Greek in Melbourne on Sunday 30 November. This is the first time that BCNA has held a breast cancer information day in a language other than English. Reaching out to people affected by breast cancer from non-English speaking backgrounds is one of the strategic priority for the organisation and the first forum in a language other than English is a key achievement for BCNA’s cultural and linguistically diverse (CALD) program. Greek-speaking women are invited to attend the free Breast Cancer Information Day at The Greek Centre in Melbourne on Sunday 30 November 2014. All information will be presented in Greek. The information day has been designed especially for women and families from Greek-speaking backgrounds. Around 100 women, and their partners, friends and supporters, from across Melbourne are expected to attend the event. Health experts will provide the latest information in breast cancer care and address some of the common emotional, social and physical issues associated with a breast cancer diagnosis. The event will also provide an opportunity to meet and share stories with other Greek-speaking women. Professor John Boyages, head of Breast Oncology at the Macquarie Cancer Institute and one of Australia’s leading oncologists, is travelling from Sydney to speak at the forum. Greek-speaking social worker Voula Kallianis from St Vincent’s Hospital in Melbourne will also be speaking. Event information: What: Breast Cancer Information Day for Greek Women When: Sunday 30 November 12:00 - 4:00pm Where: The Greek Centre, 168 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne To register call the Australian Greek Welfare Society on (03) 9388 9998
Phone Number: To register phone: (03) 9388 9998
'Cool Relief' Community Arts Project
‘COOL Relief’ is a community arts project which reaches out to refugees and ESL (English as a Second Language) students, to teach them about the importance of Australia’s waterways. The project was aimed at students and refugees from the Albury Wodonga areas of Victoria and New South Wales. Participants worked with local artists to produce a series of booklets, using collage and simple text, as a creative way to express what they had learned about the waterways. Auspiced by Murray Arts and funded by Wodonga City Council, ‘Cool Relief’ was designed to give culturally and lingusitically diverse (CALD) community members an opportunity to be creative, while strengthening their links within the community and creating partnerships amongst local organisations. ‘Cool Relief’ participants went on water sampling excursions to Willow Park, and watched a presentation given by the Murray-Darling Freshwater Research Centre (MDFRC) about the about the wildlife in the area’s rivers and creeks. Melanie Ruth, a local artist and the founder of the project explained: “I love working with multicultural groups and felt the project would be a wonderful way to help recent arrivals integrate into their new surroundings, as well as helping to inform them about Australia's nature. “For all of these students, English is their second language, so the creative outlet of making a booklet was a great way to consolidate their learning. "Participants made new friends and established connections in the community.” The booklets will be launched at Wodonga Library on Thursday 23 October from 6.00pm-7.00pm. For more information click on the link below
When: Thursday 23 October 2014
Where: Wondonga Library
Welcome to Australia's 'Walk Together' Parade Melbourne
WELCOME to Australia is holding its annual ‘Walk Together’ event across the country on Saturday 25 October 2014. Walks will take place in cities and regional centres all over Australia and will take on the feel of a parade, with people from across the nation from diverse cultures and backgrounds joining together in a positive and uplifting show of unity. The organisation is inviting everyone to join in this celebration of diversity, and is encouraging people to go online to find out the details of their local walk. Welcome to Australia is a national, not-for-profit organisation which aims to engage everyday Australians in the task of cultivating an inclusive and welcoming culture in Australia. They run a wide variety of programs and events which aim to connect new arrivals with their communities. This event hopes to spread the organisation’s core message to all those in Australia that “you are welcome here”. The ‘Walk Together’ parade in Melbourne will begin at 1.00pm at the State Library of Victoria and will make its way through the city, ending at Treasury Gardens. Speakers at the Melbourne event include Father Bob Maguire, comedian Tom Ballard and local radio and television personalities. The parade will be led by colourful Chinese lion dancers, and everyone who attends is encouraged to wear national costumes, play a musical instrument and display banners featuring a welcoming and positive message.
Where: State Library Victoria
Cost: FREE public event
ECCV 2014 Election Forum
It’s election time – have your voice heard! With the November 2014 Victorian State election fast approaching, Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria invites the community to attend its election forum. Community members will have the opportunity to ask the political candidates questions on issues that matter to us. Speakers include the Hon Matthew Guy, Minister for Planning, Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship, Telmo Languiller, Shadow Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the Opposition and Multicultural Affairs and Colleen Hartland, Greens MP, Western Metropolitan Region. The politicians will present their stand on multicultural policies. Places are limited. Register online by the 21 October 2014.
When: Thursday 23 October 2014
Where: The Drill Hall, 26 Therry Street, Melbourne (behind the Multicultural Hub)
Cost: FREE public event
Phone Number: (03) 9349 4122