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
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 2017-18 are:
Ruth Fyfe – Chairperson
Rifaat Hanna – Vice Chairperson
Khalil Haragli – Secretary
Branislav Musovski – Vice Secretary
Chura Belbase – Treasurer
Reg Soares – Vice Treasurer
Azra Ahmed – Board Member
Marites Bairstow – Board Member
Sergio Bustamante – Board Member
Rosaline Havea – Board Member
Mohammad Shamsuzzoha – Board Member
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.