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White Ribbon Night

“I am more than proud and humbled to participate in this highly significant White Ribbon Night program. As a White Ribbon Male Advocate, I believe that we have more serious responsibility to contribute to the overall success and good will of the campaign”

Raju Manandhar, White Ribbon Male Advocate

Raju Manandhar is one of the eight newly graduated White Ribbon Male Advocates in the St George and Sutherland region from Nepalese, Bangladeshi and Chinese backgrounds who became community role models to champion the prevention of violence against women at our White Ribbon Night on Thursday 28 July 2016 at St John’s Anglican Church, Rockdale.

With the objective of changing attitudes for women to live a life free of violence, increasing knowledge on supportive community and legal systems and a better appreciation of respectful family relationships, ADS conducted various information sessions for women and men including the recruitment of these White Ribbon Male Advocates and the development of a Domestic Violence Male Advocates Tool.

White Ribbon Night is an annual event on the last Friday of July to raise awareness and funds to support an end to men’s violence against women. On this night, Australians are encouraged to have a Night in to Get the Word Out about the seriousness of violence against women and its prevention. More than 100 people participated in the White Ribbon Night event and Peterson Opio, Executive for Ambassador & Advocates Program of White Ribbon Australia presented Certificates to the White Ribbon Male Advocates and led the White Ribbon Oath with the audience.

A Domestic Violence Male Advocates Tool designed by the advocates was also launched. This tool was supported with additional designing cost contributed by Georges River Council.Say No to Violence

This event marked a new beginning for the White Ribbon Male Advocates in St George and Sutherland as they committed to respectful family relationships and to make a difference in their communities by encouraging them to stand up, speak out and act to prevent men’s violence against women.

ADS’s Settlement Services Program has a strong focus on family relationships for newly arrived migrants and refugees in the region and supports White Ribbon Australia in its community campaign to Say NO to Violence.

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Left to Right: Nepalese community male advocates (Churamani Belbase, Raju Manandhar and Bulson Lamgade); Bangladeshi community male advocate (Abul Kalam Azad); Chinese community male advocate (Zhengfeng Ren); White Ribbon Australia (Peterson Opio, Executive for Ambassador and Advocates); Chinese community male advocates (Zhengfeng Ren, Binglong Duan, Zhengzhe Chen, and Aihua Ji – representing Guoming Xia); White Ribbon Australia (Sunila Kotwal, Diversity and Inclusion Manager); and Advance Diversity Services (Litsa Nossar, Chairperson).

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Men’s Health Week encourages communities across Australia to reach out to men, boys and their families to promote health and wellbeing through engaging activities, events and promotions.

These locally tailored events create the right setting for conversations about the elements that make us healthy – that’s why our 2016 theme HEALTH ELEMENTS is about encouraging communities to start those conversations about the elements of life that build health and life’s purpose.

This year for Men’s Health Week, Advance Diversity Services is offering an Anger Management Workshop, where you will gain a better understanding of:

  • anger and it’s cycle
  • what triggers anger
  • the realities of anger
  • how to deal with anger
  • strategies for gaining control of anger
  • how to improve home and work life by managing anger

To register online for the workshop – https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/anger-management-workshop-tickets-25987999807?aff=es2

For more information, contact Rishi on 9597 5455 or [email protected]

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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. (more…)

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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

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 and equipment (find the list at www.reelchase.com/best-shimano-spinning-reels/).

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.

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.

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