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 theMigrant 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 initatives 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