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.
Advance Diversity Services Nepalese Dance Group participated in the “Nepalese Children’s Talent Night” on 23 May 2015 which has been organised by Nepalese Australian Associations (NAA) to support earthquake relief projects in Nepal. This event provided an opportunity for 15 talented ADS Nepalese Dance Group Children to showcase their talents to their families, friends and the wider community. Their gorgeous cultural costumes, sparkling jewelleries, natural face expressions and dance moves brought Nepal Culture live on the stage. Sachesta Shrestha, age 6, was the Star of the Night and ADS Dance group was awarded for the Best Dance Award, among 80 participants and 34 different performances. Sachesta Shrestha is the youngest in the group showed her talents and enthusiasm throughout the year of her learning and the performances. ADS congratulate Sachesta Shrestha, other performers, parents, and our Dance Instructor for their success and hard work. (Photo credit to MN TV)
On Tuesday, 24 February 2015, Advance Diversity Services (ADS) held the Spiritual Practice of Fasting at Civic Theatre, Hurstville Entertainment Centre.Over 100 community members and community workers from diverse faiths came to hear religious scholars and leaders from Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam and Judaism talk about fasting in their respective faith.
Antoinette Chow, Executive Officer of Advance Diversity Services, said she was “thrilled” by the success of the event, and “This is how we build harmony. I hope that our series of faith-based events will go a long way in nurturing a culture of interreligious dialogue in the region”, said Antoinette Chow.
The event also aimed to promote the message of unity around the theme“Standing Together” amidst tragic events that have happened in Australia and around the world. Speaking on the success of the event, Lorraine Watson, co-founder of St George Women’s Interfaith Network, said “I am excited to be part of the ADS’s Interfaith Project Advisory Committee which is essentially putting a UN resolution into practice and that is mutual undestanding and interreligious dialouge constitute important dimensions of a culture of peace,”
Grief Recovery Support (Group Session) – Advance Diversity Services has organised a grief recovery support group session for you , members of your family or friends in the local Nepalese community. The support will be provided by St George Community Mental Health Professional at 1 Premier Street Kogarah on 05 May 2015 at 11.30 am . You do not need to make an appointment, just walk in. If you would like to have more information please call us on 95975455 on to speak to our Nepalese Support Worker Rishi Acharya.
Advance Diversity Services (ADS) is offering a range of support initiatives for the local Nepali community to help them through the tragedy that has unfolded following the earthquake that hit Nepal on Saturday 25th April.
We invite members of the local Nepali community in need of support during these distressing times to access any or all of the following:
Grief Counselling – we have organised access for you, members of your family or friends in the local Nepalese community to grief counselling services provided by St George Community Mental Health located at Level One, 15 Kensington St Kogarah. Their phone number is (02) 9553 2500. You do not need to make an appointment, just walk in and ask for the duty officer and let them know you need some grief counselling.
Candle Light Vigil – Advance Diversity Services and the ADS Nepalese reference group with support from Rockdale Council are organising a candle light vigil this Wednesday 29th April at the Kings Street Mall commencing at 5:30 pm. This gathering is open to the wider community to show love & respect for those that have been affected by the tragic earthquake in Nepal.
Group support session – Advance Diversity Services and the ADS Nepalese reference group will be organising a group support session for the Nepalese Community during the coming weekend (May 2-3). Please contact our office on (02) 9597 5455 for further details.
Support from our competent staff – please feel free to come into our offices at 552 Princes Highway Rockdale or call us on (02) 9597 5455 and talk with one of our professional staff if you need some support. They will be able to refer you to additional support if you should require it.
Wednesday, 29 April 2015, at 5:30 p.m. at Kings Street Mall ,Rockdale 2216
The Advance Diversity Services and it’s Nepalese Reference Group members with the support of Rockdale City Council would like to invite and welcome you to a Candle Light Vigil to reflect on the recent tragic Earthquake in Nepal and show support for the victims and survivors of this devastating event. The Vigil takes place on Wednesday, 29 April 2015 at Kings Street Mall Rockdale and commences at 5:30 pm. The program will include a collective prayer and moment of silence lead by staff of the Advance Diversity Services , a candle lighting ceremony and an exchange of reflections and thoughts as well as messages of hope for the people of Nepal. This special event will show love & respect for those who affected by the Earthquake and their families.
On the 19th of March 2015, Harmony Day was celebrated gloriously in the city of Kogarah. The Kogarah Library was filled with over a hundred enthusiastic personals, including the Mayor of Kogarah Council, Michael Platt and the Chairperson of Advance Diversity Services(ADS), Ruth Fyfe. The event was organised by ADS, along with the Kogarah City Council, in the wake of the SMGRC Cultural Hub Project: which provided the Hijab Styling, the exciting Henna Tattoos, the stall filled with delicious aroma of the food from the Bengali, Nepali and Arabic backgrounds, and a graceful Nepali dance performance held for crowd entertainment by a ADS Nepali Dance Group, dressed in their ravishing and colourful clothing. The exciting Harmony Day Write-off Contest was held, in the midst of all the celebration and the winners went home happily with their awards. All in all, it was a successful, yet harmonious day, filled with smiles and laughter.
On the 19th of March 2015, Advance Diversity Services’s Cultural Hub Project, provided Chinese calligraphy and painting workshop at the 3 Bridges Harmony Day celebration. There were many different varieties of cultures present, who all had the golden opportunity to learn the beautiful art of Chinese calligraphy and painting. This provided a wonderful chance for the Chinese cultural arts to have a further upcoming in the society.
Bullying should not happen to anyone
On 23 January 2015 Summer School Holidays Youth Camp held at the Advance Diversity Services (ADS), Rockdale. The activities started in the morning with an information session on how to prevent bullying and self-care by St George Youth Services and continued with St George Local Area Command Police information session, games and Tie & Dye T Shirt Painting Workshop. There were twenty five young migrants from various cultural backgrounds participated in this camp and the feedback from the participants and the parents were very positive.
The media article has been written by Era Sharma who was an active participant in this youth camp which was published on “Nepalipathra fortnightly community newspaper.