Building Community Spirit, Bringing Cultures together.
সামাজিক মমত্রী বন্ধন সংস্কৃজির সম্মেলন
共創社區精神 匯聚各族文化
φέρνοντας και δημιουργώντας την ενότητα της κοινότητας μαζί
Creiamo uno spirito di comunità. Avviciniamo diverse culture tra di loro.
Градиме заеднички дух Ги зближуваме заедниците
Memupuk Semangat Kemasyarakatan Menyatukan Budaya
سا ز مان دادن جامعه با یک جا سا ختن فرهنگ
Creando espíritu communitario, Acercando las Culturas.
ร่วมสร้างพลังสังคม ร่วมระดมวัฒนธรรม
xây dựng tinh thần cộng đồng Kết hợp các nền văn hóa với nhau
بناء روح المجتمع و تقريب الثقافات معا

WELCOME

 

Advance Diversity Services is a community based, not for profit organisation based in Rockdale. We provide a wide range of services to communities and families residing in St George and the Sutherland Shire; with a focus on recent arrived migrants, refugees, youth, families, older people, people with disabilities and their carers.

 

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SERVICES

At ADS we provide a range of tailored services.

 

ABOUT US

Advance Diversity Services (ADS) is a non-profit community organisation which has been providing support services to the Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) communities since 1981. In particularly focus on recent arrivals, families, older people, women, youth, people with disabilities and their carers living in the Hurstville, Kogarah, Rockdale and Sutherland Shire Local Government Areas. ADS provides the following services:
  • – Migrant Settlement services 
  • – Centre-based Day Care for older people
  • – Home care package for frail aged
  • – Disability Support
  • – Mental Health
  • – Carer support
  • – Family, Women and Youth Program
  • – Community Development
To be a leading multicultural organisation that through its activities enhances the independence, potential and aspirations of individuals, families and the broader community.
The values that drive our organisation are:
  • Social inclusion and opportunities for community participation for all
  • Care and respect for individuals
  • Harmony and building community resilience
  • Tolerance and acceptance of diversity
  • Working collaboratively
  • Innovation, excellence and professionalism

By Constitution the Board consists of 12 Directors – 6 office bearers and 6 ordinary members; each of whom is to be elected at the Annual General Meeting.

The Office Bearers of the Board 2016 are:

Litsa Nossar (Chairperson)
Litsa possesses a Diploma in Community Welfare. She has a strong knowledge of the community sector and has been involved in community work for over 30 years. Currently works as settlement grant worker with Metro MRC. Litsa has sat on a number of boards as well as representing CALD communities and issues with both ethnic peak bodies e.g. Ethnic Communities’ Council of NSW and mainstream organisations and groups e.g. NSW Children’s Forum. She has worked for Federal and State Governments as well as NGOs.

  • Member of Advance Diversity Services Board for past 23 years
  • Strong committee to social justice and multiculturalism

 

Ruth Fyfe (Vice Chairperson)
This year is her 10th year on the Advance Diversity Services Board; Ruth has extensive working experience with new arrivals in St George and Sutherland areas, as a manager with the AMEP at a local college. As a manager Ruth was also responsible for staff and financial management. Ruth holds a Graduate Diploma in Adult Education (TESOL).

 

Khalil Haragli (Secretary)
Khalil has over 30 years’ experience in community work and 20 years in management at Advance Diversity Services and St George Joint Lebanese Committee. He worked as the Multicultural Health Officer at the South East Sydney Illawarra Area Health Service. He is one of the Foundation Member of the Migrant Resource Centre and he has been on the Board of Advance Diversity Services since 1981.

 

Marites Bairstow (Vice Secretary)
Her working background has been in corporate sales and marketing roles in the information technology (IT) industry for some 20+ years.  She recently left corporate to establish a training organisation with her husband, delivering professional development courses in marketing and cross cultural training workshops. She holds a Graduate Certificate in Counselling and has engaged in various church and community activities over the years. Her skills are in the area of business development and marketing; and she has a sincere commitment and desire to be of service to our multicultural community.

 

Chura Belbase (Treasurer)
Chura has been working as a President of St George and Sutherland Nepalese Community Inc. He has served as a Treasurer of Non-Resident Nepalese Association, an umbrella organisation of Nepalese living in Australia. By profession, he is a public practice accountant, CPA and a registered tax agent. He believes he can utilise his qualifications and community work experience to contribute for the betterment of Advance Diversity Services.

 

Branislav Musovski (Vice Treasurer)
Branislav has a long history as a volunteer. He has over 35 years’ experience with various management. He completed TAFE courses in welfare, public consulting, ethics and social welfare. He is the Management Committee member of Macedonian Australian Welfare Association. He has been awarded for his achievement by the Community Relations Commission. Branislav also has lots of experience and skills in the finance field.

 

Sergio Bustamante
Currently Board Member of Advance Diversity Services for 15 years, Sergio is an Honorary Ambassador of the City of Rockdale since 2002. He has contributed in the welfare of the Spanish speaking community for many years. He received the Rockdale City Council Citizen of the Year Award in 2009. He completed Certificate III in Welfare at Sydney TAFE, St George College. He is also a NSW Government authorised interview panel member.

 

Mikall Chong
Mikall is an active community based volunteer with diverse interests including welfare groups, church and environmental programs. He has many years of experience engaging with various CALD communities.

  • Rockdale City Council Citizen of the Year Award 2012
  • More than 10 years of service on Advance Diversity Services Board
  • Member of Greater Sydney Police Multicultural Advisory Committee
  • Passion for development of Rockdale for tourism opportunities

 

Rifaat Hanna
Board Member since 2009, an Australian of Egyptian origin speaking English, Arabic, Russian and French. Professor of Environmental Sciences and Socio Economic Sciences. Rifaat has organised, presented and supervised training scholarships and conferences in Egypt, Iraq, Russian, England, Yemen, etc. on environment issues. He is involved in many activities in the Arabic/Egyptian community and was previously Chief Technical Advisor for the UN in all Middle East. He is a Justice of Peace. He has lived in the St George area for over 30 years where he is involved in multiculturalism and social justice helping new arrivals and young people from the Egyptian and Arabic community.

 

Rosaline Havea
Rosaline holds a BA of Arts and a Master in Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management. She has a strong involvement with community work particularly with the South Pacific Islander communities. Currently, she is working as a Human Resource Manager for a large non-Government organization.

 

Vera Hayes
Vera has been on the Advance Diversity Services Board for 7 years. She has worked in the area of Multicultural Education with Sydney TAFE for over 20 years, starting with the state-wide Multicultural Education Unit. She was on the Liverpool MRC Management Committee for 6 years. She holds a BA in Economics, a Graduate Dip in Education and a Graduate Dip in Adult Education.

 

Reginald da Lapa-Soares

  • Involved in Moorefield Estate – The Neighbourhood Watch
  • Participated in Australian Taxation Office, Tax Help at Rockdale Community Services Inc.
  • Employed by Australian Electoral Commission
  • Member of Australian Institute of Management
  • Justice of Peace since 1990
  • Advance Diversity Services  commenced operations in 1981 as the St George Migrant Resource Centre following recommendations from the Galbally Report (Migrant Services and Programs, 1978) which recommended establishing migrant resource centres to meet the needs of migrant communities. The Migrant Resource Centres were intended to support ethnic and community organisations and help them play a greater role in provision of migrant welfare, to serve as a base for ethnic groups and to encourage self-managed services at the local level.
    We changed our name to Advance Diversity Services in 2015. Since our establishment we have worked with different waves of migrant and refugee settlers; we assisted and advocated for the people in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) communities to enable the effective use of their skills and capacities; and thereby maximise their access to the social and economic opportunities available in the Australian community.
    Advance Diversity Services is funded by various Government Departments and receives support and sponsorship from business, organisations and individuals. We would like to acknowledge the following major funding bodies and sponsors; we greatly appreciate your support.
    During the last period ADS clients have benefitted greatly from the consultations, feedback sessions, needs analysis and encouraging environment with the CALD communities in general, ADS continues to achieve excellent results on regular client satisfaction surveys which support the reputation it holds as a leading multicultural organisation in the area and the sector.

    NEWS

    Sunnah of a Happy Family for Bangladeshi Community

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    “Everyone has the right to feel safe, regardless of who they are and Islam teaches people how to respect each other……This quote by Imam Mufti, Dr Asad Ali Bokhari Shah from Sydney South Welfare Centre has left a lasting impression for the 35 Bangladeshi Muslim families who attended the Sunnah of a Happy Family Workshop on Saturday 14th May 2016 at Red Rose Function Centre in Rockdale. Advance Diversity Services (ADS) and Sydney South Welfare Centre organised this workshop with the support of ADS’s Bangladeshi Reference Group.

    The workshop encouraged respectful relationships and positive attitudes and behaviours among spouse and family members, highlighting the importance of early intervention in preventing family violence. It also provided the participants an opportunity to address their concerns including the challenges of negative gender attitude and cultural practices.  The workshop focused on the positive Islamic value system based on the role model and practices or ‘Sunnah’ of the Prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him).

    Concerns regarding conflict resolutions, parenting, spousal communications, gender roles and expectations in a migration context raised by the participants were well responded by the speaker.  “I am very lucky to join this event and look forward to participate in more events like this in the future”- testimony by a participant.

    For more information please contact Rubina Huq, Bangladeshi Community Development Worker at Advance Diversity Services on 9597 5455 or email [email protected]

    Safety on the Trains – Info Session

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    This session is lead by ADS and facilitated by Sydney Trains, helps participants to understand safe train travel by providing information on safe utilisation of public transport and the expected standards of behaviour. It also aims to educate the community about safety issues that affect them while travelling on public transport, specifically trains.

    Registration Link:

    https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/information-sessionsafety-on-the-trains-tickets-25420018961

    Fishing, Swimming and Boating Safety Workshop (Celebrating National Youth Week 2016)

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    More than 160 youth and their families from Nepalese, Arabic, Bengali and Chinese backgrounds attended a Fishing, Swimming and Boating Safety Workshop on Saturday 16 April at Cook Park, Ramsgate Beach to celebrate National Youth Week 2016.

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    The workshop, organised by Advance Diversity Services (ADS) was a valuable opportunity for migrant youth and their families across St George to Sutherland to come together and address the common goal of reducing drowning deaths and related injuries.

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    Water-based sport and recreation activities are an important part of Australian culture and all visitors to Australian shores should be able to participate in water activities safely and enjoy the benefits that come from this involvement.

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    To date, the ongoing work in drowning prevention reflects the hard work and investment from all parties involved,  including Rockdale City Council, the NSW Department of Primary Industries (Fisheries NSW), Recreational Fishing Alliance NSW, Surf Life Saving NSW Roads and Maritime Services and Marine Rescue NSW.

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    Families were given an opportunity to participate in rock fishing, safe boating and other water safety activities with professional guides.

    While launching the workshop, Antoinette Chow, CEO of Advance Diversity Services said, “By doing these workshops Advance Diversity Services took another positive step in supporting the reduction of drowning deaths, educate families how to stay safe and share information on responsible fishing in the sea while enjoying the Australia’s beautiful beaches and water activities.

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    One of the workshop participants said, “My kids and I enjoyed the workshops a lot, especially the marine safety and fishing one. The hands on experience it gave us was good.”

    For more information contact Advance Diversity Services on 9597 5455.

    ADS Chinese Grand Parents Social Club

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    September marks the beginning of the Mid Autumn Festival. The most common traditions for Mid-Autumn Festival are eating moon cakes and gazing at the moon. Advance Diversity Services Chinese Grand Parents Social Club celebrated the Mid-Autumn Festival Celebration on 23 of September 2015 at St Paul’s Anglican Church at Kogarah with their traditional dancing and food. The event included information to Grandparents in relation to parenting and access to services.

    ADS article published in Australian Mosaic Magazine

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    Australian Mosaic is a magazine of the Federation of Ethnic Communities Council of Australia (FECCA). FECCA publishes this national magazine three times a year, a plain English magazine which discusses a wide range of contemporary issues associated with multiculturalism., social justice, community harmony, and cultural and faith pluralism in Australia.

    In its most recent publication, Issue 41, the magazine focuses on pathways to better mental health, exploring how barriers can be overcome, exploring reform in this area, and creating constructive solutions. Advance Diversity Services submitted an article titled ‘Mental Health Stigma – influencing help seeking behaviours in CALD communities’, which was published in this issue. The article explores the impact of stigma on help-seeking behaviours of CALD people with mental illness, their families and carers, and identifies barriers to accessing mental health services.

    To read the full article follow the link:

    Australian Mosaic Issue 41 Spring 2015

    Announcement – Name Change for ADS

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    Following over 30 years of service to local culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities, we are  excited to announce that we have changed our name from St George Migrant Resource Centre to Advance Diversity Services (ADS).

    As the name implies, our mission is to help support cultural diversity within our community. The name change was necessary for a number of reasons. Our service delivery area has grown beyond the St George area into other parts of Sydney and our focus has grown beyond supporting newly arrived migrants. We now provide services and support to broader communities.

    Importantly, the name change will allow us to broaden our funding base by attracting sponsorships and donations and bid for funding available from philanthropic sources. We also recently gained Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status which will allow us to achieve these endeavours.

    ADS looks forward to providing another 30 years and more of services and supports to CALD communities across the South East Sydney region. Our current service delivery has not changed and all of the people we currently support will continue to receive established services. We look forward to also supporting new clients to our service.

    Over the next few weeks we will be launching our new website (www.advancediversity.org.au). We will be officially launching the new name in November.

    For now, we would like to share our new logo.

    Watch this space for more news and updates!

     

     

    National Tree Day 26 July 2015

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    Advance Diversity Services, its Nepalese Reference Group and Youth Club, Ethnic Community Council of NSW join with Rockdale City Council to take part in the  tree planting activity on 26 July 2015 at 4 Hawthorne St Ramsgate NSW 2217. The event brought many aspects together such as educational walk and talk through the local bush, to protect the nature and the lovely trees in St George Region. Advance Diversity Services and it’s community groups is very much keen on protecting the environment as they participated in many environmental related activities such as Cooks River Water Wise Project information session, Rockdale Bicentennial Park clean up on 30 May 2015 and bush walk to understand how nature is polluted by the human activities at Wolli Creek Valley 28 June 2015

    “Working Together” Forum

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    The “Working Together” Forum brought together over 70 delegates from migrant, refugee, ethno-specific, mainstream and government agencies to explore challenges and opportunities for collaboration.

    The program of panel speakers, Q &A session, and roundtable discussions addressed the challenges and strategies for collaboration between organisations, particularly, between smaller and larger ones. The panel speakers include Lisa Woodland, Acting Manager Multicultural Health, South Eastern Sydney Local Health District;  Jenny Grey, Migrant Service Manager of Gymea Community Aid; Amanda Smithers, Senior Policy Officer, Council of Social Service of NSW; Rosemary Bishop, Chief Executive Officer, 3 Bridges Community; and Violet Roumeliotis, Chief Executive Officer, Settlement Service International.

    The forum was held on Tuesday, 26 May 2015 at St George TAFE. Jointly organised by St George Multicultural Network and Sutherland Shire Multicultural Network, and funded by Kogarah City Council and Sydney TAFE, the forum highlighted the importance of relationship, partnership and collaboration in delivering sustainable outcomes for the multicultural community.

    The forum was a resounding success with the overwhelming majority of participants describing it as both a great networking event and a professional development exercise. They expressed a desire to see more of this kind in the future.

     

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    By Train: catch the train to Rockdale station.  From here our office is an easy 5 minute walk