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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.

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

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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!

 

 

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

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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.

 

The Arabic Community Development  Worker from Settlement Grant Program at  Advance Diversity Services(ADS), was invited to speak  in the Islamic Al-Mabarrat’s  1st Annual Conference organised  titled ‘Education and Schooling: Experiences and Reflections’ at Arrahman Islamic Centre, Kingsgrove Sydney on the 16th of  May 2015. The conference was to address, the key issues and challenges of education in bi -cultural, bilingual settings and reflected on curriculum matters. The Arabic Development worker from ADS addressed the challenges faced by the Arabic speaking students and parents with the Australian educational system through her experience as she closely work with  Arabic Community. She also shared her ideas and initiatives with the aim of empowering the community to contribute towards high quality learning. Debate and discussion with various speakers have helped the success of the conference. Participating in this conference has opened further participation of ADS in such conferences and developed strong relationship and partnership with the conference participants.