About Us

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 particular 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

Our Vision Statement (Our Passion)

Enhancing the health, wellbeing, lifestyle and community connections of individuals and families, with a focus on both CALD and other communities.

 

Our Mission Statement (Our Purpose)

Servicing the aspirations and needs of individuals, families and communities with tailored and responsive service options and service pathways.

 

Our Philosophy Statement (Our Ethos)

In summary, our philosophy is founded on Building Community Spirit – Bringing Cultures Together and the three key principles and practices of: 

  • Engaging people – listening to their life story  

  • Supporting people – providing individualised and customised services  

  • Connecting people – creating diverse and tolerant communities.

 

Our Values Statement (Our Principles)

Integrity – Matching what we say with what we do as individuals, teams or the organisation

Accountability – Ensuring individuals, teams, the organisation and Board are accountable and transparent

Diversity – Acknowledging and supporting diversity and inclusion of opinions, cultures and religions

Justice – Promoting justice, equality and tolerance for individuals, teams, organisations and communities

By Constitution the Board consists of 9 Directors – 6 office bearers and 3 ordinary members; each of whom is to be elected at the Annual General Meeting. The Office Bearers of the Board 2019-2020 are:

Ruth Fyfe – Chairperson

Khalil Haragli – Vice Chairperson

Reg Soares – Secretary

Azra Ahmed – Vice Secretary

Chura Belbase – Treasurer

Marites Bairstow – Vice Treasurer

Branislav Musovski – Board of Directors Member

Rifaat Hanna – Board of Directors Member

Rosaline Havea – Board of Directors 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.

  • Australian Government Department of Health
  • Australian Government of Home Affairs
  • Australian Government Department of Social Services
  • NSW Government Department of Health – South Eastern Sydney Local Health District
  • NSW Government – Cancer Institute NSW
  • National Disability Insurance Agency
  • Bayside Council
  • Georges River Council
  • Settlement Services International
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.