Engage and Support Migrants towards inclusive communities

The Centre for Participation engages with the migrant, refugee and asylum seeker communities from many nations. We work closely with the Wimmera Migrant Settlement Program auspiced by the Wimmera Development Association. The organisation structure for the Centre for Participation includes a part time Migrant Support Worker and this role is growing as our programs develop.

2017/2018 activities held for the new arrivals include:

  1. English Language Program
    1. Beginner / intermediate classes
    2. Advanced classes
    3. Information Technology
  1. Licencing the Wimmera Program
  1. Engagement Workshops  – Working with migrant women to understand their work and education aspirations.
  1. Horsham Hospitality Workforce Pathways Program – This project provides for 20 women to increase their confidence in English, customer service, hospitality skills and to become work ready. Participants complete the Centre for Participation English courses, seven hospitality units and First Aid. Volunteers support learning and social inclusion. Our hospitality partners including the Café Jas provide valuable work. The participant’s work with the migrant Support Worker to develop an individual plan to identify barriers to learning and aspirational pathways.
  1. Harmony Van – Funding applications are being developed to purchase a Food Van, the “Harmony Van” that will support many new initiatives to build enterprise and training skills in customer service and hospitality.

Future Programs

We provide direct employment to people from other counties.  Many ideas to support settlement arise from staff and the migrant communities talking about their experiences. Some program ideas currently being explored include:

  • Multi-cultural festivals
  • Migrant Professional Network
  • Co-operative selling of local goods ( grocery items, craft, clothes, food)
  • Market / Community Garden Enterprise
  • Hospitality Enterprise

MYAN – Multicultural youth advocacy network (Australia)

MYAN (Australia) is currently seeking expressions of interest for the 2018 Refugee Youth International Leadership Scholarship.

This scholarship will support a young advocate from a refugee background to participate in the annual consultations between the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in Geneva, Switzerland in June 2018.

The scholarship recipient will have the opportunity to join the sessions of the UNHCR NGO Consultations, raise issues and concerns with senior UNHCR staff, meet NGO representatives and other young people from refugee backgrounds from around the world, engage in activities with UNHCR’s Global Youth Advisory Council (GYAC) and learn about current and emerging issues in international refugee protection.

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