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This program is a partnership between Advance Diversity Services (ADS) and Beverly Hills Girls High School.  The position will provide homework help for newly arrived migrant and refugee students aged 12 – 18 attending Beverly Hills Girls High School, many of whom have a low level of English.

We are looking for volunteers with teaching experience, or are studying a course related to education, to assist students one-on-one, or one-on-two, with high school subjects.

Students will be bringing to the sessions their own work that they need assistance with, and volunteers will be expected to assist them to the best of their abilities.

Volunteers will also be expected to make basic but accurate records of the work completed after each session.

Location: Beverly Hills Girls High School, Broadarrow Rd, Beverly Hills NSW 2209

Time Commitment: 

  • Ongoing – minimum four months
  • 2 – 4 hours a fortnight – from 3:00pm
  • Plus occasional additional trainings, meetings and performance appraisal, when required

Activities & Tasks: 

  • One-on-one, or one-on-two, educational support with students
  • Learning materials and resources will be provided by Beverly Hills Girls High School

Skills & Requirements for this role:

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent oral and written English skills
  • Sensitive to the needs of people from culturally and linguistically diverse and refugee backgrounds
  • Sensitivity, patience, and willingness to learn
  • Friendly manner and ability to build a rapport with students, staff and other volunteers
  • Working with Children Check
  • Report any concerns about students’ well-being to your relevant supervisor
  • Not attend the program under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs
  • Dress appropriately
  • Where possible, notify ADS Youth Worker in advance of absence
  • Adhere to and follow all of ADS and Beverly Hills Girls HS policies and procedures
  • Only duties arranged by ADS Multicultural Youth Worker
  • To keep private information, gained as part of the position confidential

For more info please contact Salvin Kumar on (02) 9597 5455

Position reference no: 2018JA019

[email protected] Services

Fixed term Part-time contract up to 30 June 2020

We are currently seeking to employ Bilingual Case Worker for our Help at Home Services. This position requires experience in casework within the aged care sector, has the ability to manage a demanding caseload and working with a range of key stakeholders and to effectively engage with CALD communities.

All applicants must obtain a job information package and submit a written application addressing each of the following selection criteria.

Essential Criteria:

  1. Fluent in English and Greek
  2. Tertiary qualifications in Aged Care, Community Services or relevant field
  3. Experience in casework in the aged  including assessment and care planning
  4. Demonstrated skill  in CALD community engagement
  5. Highly developed written and verbal communication and negotiation skills
  6. Demonstrated Commitment to  person centre practice
  7. Sound knowledge of community aged care industry including Act, policies and standards
  8. Demonstrated ability to work independently as well as an effective member of the highly interacted aged and disability service team
  9. Sound computer literacy including CRM
  10. A current driver’s license and a reliable vehicle with comprehensive insurance for work
  11. A current National Police/Criminal Check or willingness to obtain one

Desirable Criteria:

  1. First Aid certificate
  2. Previous experience in working with people with disability

Conditions:

  • Social, Community, Home Care and Disability Service Industry (SCHCADS) Award, NSW and salary packaging.

For an information package please email [email protected]

You must quote the job reference in the subject line of your email.

Applicants who fail to address and/ or submit all components of the application will not be considered for the position.

For more information: Dimi Vourliotis (02) 9597 5455

Closing date for applications: Monday 6th August 2018

A big thank you to all eleven candidates for running in this year’s Board of Directors’ election. We had a strong pool of candidates interested in serving on the board, and each candidate was passionate about ADS. We are pleased to announce the results of the election which held on 5 July 2018, winning re-election to the ADS Board of Directors was Azra Ahmed, Marites Bairstow, Chura Belbase, Ruth Fyfe, Rifaat Hanna, Khalil Haragli, Rosaline Havea, Branislav Musovski and Reginald (Reg) da Lapa-Soares. Congratulations to the nine elected 2018-2019 ADS Board of Directors.

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A new Indonesian Arts and Culture Club (IACC) was launched at Advance Diversity Services on Sunday, July 1, by the Honourable Indonesian Consul General, Mr Heru Subolo, and his wife, Mrs Sinta Subolo.

Forty guests from Indonesian regions ranging from Aceh, Sumatra, South Sumatra, Lampung, Jakarta, Java, Sulawesi, Flores, to Papua attended the launch, which also featured beautiful Indonesian food and a display of traditional instruments.

The IACC aims to showcase the assets and talents within the culturally rich and diverse Indonesian diaspora living in the Bayside area.

It will also provide a much-needed community space for Indonesian islanders from all faith and culture groups to come together through the common thread of arts and culture.

Notable community leaders that attended the launch included Endi Dharma from Indonesian Community Council, Firdaus Muis from South Sulawesi and John Hardjono from Indonesian Rockdale Saturday Club.

Mirna Yusuf, ADS’ dance teacher from South Sulawesi, performed a traditional welcome dance called ‘Pa’duppa’ in beautiful traditional dress.

Such welcoming dances, in which guests are showered with loose flowers and confetti, are common throughout Indonesia and show the deep respect Indonesian people have for their guests.

Ms Yusuf’s performance also highlights the club’s commitment to ensuring the traditional dances and instrumental skills of the Indonesian people are passed on to younger generations in a fun environment. She will teach ‘Pa’duppa’ to all interested IACC members when the club opens on July 29.

Theresia Tomahu, the club’s president, and Andi Dwipasatya, the ADS community worker worked hard to ensure the launch was a great success.

The club is a community-driven initiative made possible by a ‘Doing it Differently’ grant awarded to ADS by Bayside Council and NSW Health.

Mr Subolo said he was very grateful that ADS had assisted the Indonesian community to get the grant, which would provide a vital meeting point in the region.

‘We’re excited to launch the club,’ said Ms Dwipasatya, ‘as it offers Indonesian people in our area the chance to share our cultural heritage, and pass it on to the next generation. We’ll also enjoy the opportunity to meet new friends, and forge closer ties.’

The club will be open every Sunday from 2–5 pm at ADS in Rockdale. To register your interest, please contact Andi Dwipasatya on (02) 9597 5355.

Position Reference No: 2018JA016

Multicultural Day Care Program

We are currently looking for casual bus drivers to support and provide transport and care to the frail elderly of the Multicultural Day Care Program.

All applicants must obtain a job information package and submit a written application addressing each of the following selection criteria.

Essential Criteria:

  1. Current NSW LR drivers Licence
  2. Commitment to caring for older people from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse background
  3. Experience in passenger transport services
  4. Knowledge of general bus maintenances such as check oil, water and tyres
  5. Good interpersonal and communication skills
  6. Reliable and have flexibility of time

Desirable Criteria:

  1. First Aid Certificate
  2. Previous experience in working with elderly
  3. Bi-lingual / bi-cultural

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:

Terms and conditions of employment will be based on the Social, Community, Home Care and Disability Services Industry Award (SCHCADS) and in line to the employment policy of ADS.

Employment is subject to police check. Only people with the right to work in Australia may apply for this position.

For an information package please email [email protected].

You must quote the Job Reference number on the subject line of your email.

Please email applications to:  [email protected] quote the Job Reference number and the position title on the subject line of your email.

For further information please contact Dimi Vourliotis on (02) 9597 5455.

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Come join us for our networking event, Communicate Connect Collaborate to be held on Tuesday 24 July 2018! Jointly organised by the St George Multicultural Network and the Sutherland Shire Multicultural Network, this informal afternoon event is an opportunity to make new connections with other services working with the multicultural community in the area.

Please click here to register:

https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/communicate-connect-collaborate-tickets-44388940516

Permanent Part-time

Position reference no: 2018JA015

We are currently seeking to employ Bilingual Case Managers. The aim of this position is to provide case management services to frail aged and their carers through the enablement and consumer-directed care model.

All applicants must obtain a job information package and submit a written application addressing each of the following selection criteria.

Essential Criteria:

  1. Bilingual and bicultural in Cantonese/Mandarin
  2. Tertiary qualification in aged care, social work, community services or demonstrated competence/experience
  3. Demonstrated skills in case management and care planning within the community aged care sector
  4. Excellent communication skills both written and verbal
  5. Ability to respond to crisis situation, good negotiation and conflict resolution skills
  6. Demonstrated ability to work with all clients, carers, service providers and others in the community and ability to act with integrity and maintain confidentiality all the times
  7. Sound computer literacy
  8. Demonstrated ability to work independently as well as an effective member of the highly interacted aged care team
  9. Demonstrated Commitment to ADS values and philosophy
  10. A current NSW driver’s license and a reliable vehicle with insurance for work and ability to travel regularly

Desirable Criteria:

  1. Sound knowledge of consumer-directed care and community aged care industry
  2. First Aid certificate

Conditions:

  • Social, Community, Homecare and Disability Service Industry (SCHCADS) Award, NSW and salary packaging.

For an information package please email: [email protected]

You must quote the job reference on the subject line of your email.

Applicants who fail to address and/ or submit all components of the application will not be considered for the position.

For more information: Dimi Vourliotis (02) 9597 5455

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Sporting activities combined with health-related information sessions can improve the health, wellbeing and social connectivity of culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) young people including those who are newly arrived.

This finding is detailed in two recently released reports from the Get Active Project funded by Multicultural Health, South Eastern Sydney Local Health District (SESLHD) and rolled out by Advance Diversity Services.

‘Research results from ADS’s Get Active Project offer valuable insights into the health and wellbeing needs of CALD and newly arrived young people in our region’ said Anthony Scerri, Program Manager of Settlement and Community Services and Youth Services Team Leader with Advance Diversity Services.

Mr Scerri presented Get Active findings at the Youth Health: Promoting Empowerment, Wellbeing and Safety Research to Practice Forum in Surry Hills, Sydney, on April 10.

The forum was organised by the Priority Populations Unit – SESLHD to showcase the latest research on the experience of young people accessing health services, and to highlight best-practice programs across the region for engaging vulnerable and at-risk young people.

‘I was invited to speak at the forum because Get Active is seen as a good example of a successful locally based project,’ Mr Scerri said. ‘Our aim was to improve the health, wellbeing and social participation of CALD and newly arrived young people through sports and information sessions – and Get Active achieved this.

‘Our results will also help local youth and health services providers in the St George region to target their services to ensure young people receive the support and information they need to foster their health and wellbeing.’

Get Active roll out

ADS received funding from the South Eastern Sydney Local Health District (SESLHD) Multicultural Health Grants Program: Healthy Communities Project to coordinate the project.

This included organising a series of table tennis clinics combined with health-related information sessions at Kogarah Intensive English Centre (KIEC) and the ADS Youth Club. It also incorporated a regional table tennis tournament held at Hurstville Aquatic Centre in partnership with St George and Sutherland Shire Table Tennis Association and Table Tennis NSW.

Throughout these activities ADS and other project partners gathered young people’s perspectives on a range of health-related issues, including the features they’d most like to see in the health services targeted to support them. Their feedback is documented in the Get Active project reports along with details of audits conducted by Health Promotion SESLHD (a project partner) to promote healthy environments for young people at the ADS offices in Rockdale (where the ADS Youth Club meets regularly) and the Kogarah High School Canteen. Since the Get Active Project ended, ADS has also funded weekly sport sessions at Beverly Hills Intensive English Centre, and KIEC has approached ADS to offer table tennis sessions.

The success of Get Active’s Youth Health Forum held in June 2017 led to a recommendation that similar forums be held in the St George region every two years. ADS Youth Worker, Salvin Kumar, will meet with service providers soon to prepare for a second youth health forum in 2019.

In his day-to-day work, Mr Kumar provides information about racism, bullying, exams and other issues of concern identified by young people involved in the project, and asks relevant services to provide sessions for youth on these issues. The Get Active reports also recommend that local services provide targeted information to CALD and newly arrived young people on these topics.

‘We’re pleased that after taking part in the Get Active health and exercise sessions the majority of Get Active participants felt their knowledge about healthy food, healthy relationships, being active, accessing GPs and using interpreters had increased’ said Mr Scerri.‘Their confidence in pursuing sporting activities had also improved.

‘These outcomes support evidence from the Centre for Multicultural Youth (CMY) and Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIWH) in relation to the overall health and social benefits of recreational and educational projects,’ he said.

‘ADS will continue to build on these findings – to create programs that meet young people’s needs and can give them timely, accessible and relevant support.’

 

Read the reports now …

Project Report – Get Active CALD Youth Project 2015-2017: https://tinyurl.com/yc5lqw6t  | Youth Health & Wellbeing Consultations – July 2017: https://tinyurl.com/yasuwch2

 

Get Active participant backgrounds

Young people involved in the project came from diverse family and cultural backgrounds including: Thai, Russian, Chinese (not specified), Mandarin, Vietnamese,
Nepali, Malay, Greek, Hindi/Punjabi, Arabic, English, Bangladesh, Burmese, Cypriot, Egyptian, Indonesian, Iranian, Iraqi, Mongolian,  Pakistani, 
Palestinian, Peruvian, Filipino,
Syrian and Yemeni.

Get Active project partners

Advance Diversity Services including its Youth Club, 
Beverly Hills Intensive English Centre, Directorate Planning, Population Health and Equity – SESLHD, headspace Hurstville and Miranda, 
Kogarah Intensive English Centre, Multicultural Health Service – SESLHD
Primary Integrated and Community Health – SESLHD,
St George and Sutherland Shire Table Tennis Association, and St George Youth Services.

Advance Diversity Services (ADS) in partnership with NSW Health, not only helped create in language resources to encourage health screening for their emerging Bangladeshi and Nepalese communities – they also choreographed a new dance to reinforce the message that ‘taking care of yourself is the best way to take care of your family’.

Screening Saves Lives is a collection of video and print resources in community languages, including Bengali and Nepali, to show women and families from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities how easy it is to participate in cervical, breast and bowel cancer screening. These resources were launched at the Screening Saves Lives event on April 8.

The Living a Life dance was performed by three generations of Nepalese women – the Nepalese children’s cultural dance group, their mothers and their grandmothers.  This intergenerational dance explores the experience of being a migrant woman, and integrates this with the universal experiences of joy, happiness, relationships, identity, loss and adventure.  It features a vibrant mix of facial expressions and dance moves.  It was choreographed and directed by the talented Anjeela BK (dance instructor at ADS) and Merry Manadhar (dancer and active volunteer at ADS), with the support Gaya Dharmagesan of the Women’s Health program in the South Eastern Sydney Local Health District. A Bangladeshi children’s dance group also performed at the event.

Magdaline Shenton-Kaleido, Team Leader for Emerging Communities at ADS, said that Screening Saves Lives’ partners incorporated dancing into the launch because arts programs and activities had been shown to make significant contributions to health outcomes, and encouraging participation.

“The NSW Government’s Health and the Arts Framework supports an arts- and culture-based approach to health promotion,” she said. “In this case, we believed the Nepalese and Bangladeshi dances would augment the project’s message that by participating in breast and cervical health checks, women can improve their chances of living a long and healthy life.”

Screening Saves Lives received funding support from the Cancer Institute NSW. Project partners included South Eastern Sydney Local Health District (SESLHD) Priority Populations Unit, Central and Eastern Sydney PHN (CESPHN) and Advance Diversity Services.  Importantly, Bengali and Nepali speaking community members assisted in co-designing and developing the resources.

Find the resources here:

Screening Saves Lives – South Asian Community in English

 

Screening Saves Lives – Nepalese in English

 

Screening Saves Lives – spoken in Nepali

 

Screening Saves Lives – Bangladeshi in English

 

Screening Saves Lives – spoken in Bengali

Advance Diversity Services has been working with South Eastern Sydney Local Health District Multicultural Health Service (MHS) on the Get Active Project, delivered in Sydney’s St George Region. The below reports outline the aims and deliverables of the Project. They draw attention to the improved outcomes relating to health, wellbeing and social connectivity via participation in sporting activities and information sessions for young people who are newly arrived and/or from CALD backgrounds.

Project Report – Get Active CALD Youth Project 2015-2017:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1wXN-vU3H30JCb53G3CRtyf699phCvmfx/view

Youth Health & Wellbeing Consultations – July 2017:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/14YAaYuT01wmGYl03DBMgO5zJwLuIYMop/view