Author: glenn-harding

Advance Diversity Services (ADS) is undertaking a survey to find out if there are community programs, activities or services that members of the St George community would like to participate in or need, but aren’t available for them.

We need your help with completing this survey. We would like to know the programs, activities and services that you want and need, so we can try to provide the programs to make living in the St George area more enjoyable for you and your families.

As appreciation for assisting us, you will have the chance to win one of five $50 Myer gift vouchers, by completing and returning this survey to us by 10th April.

Click here to go to the survey.

You can return the survey by email to [email protected] or by post to Advance Diversity Services PO Box 381, Rockdale NSW 2216 or in person to our centre at 552 Princes Hwy, Rockdale.

Thank you for your help.

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.


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).

Anger Managment Workshop flyer

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 –

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