Community Services Program

Community Services Program
Advance Diversity Services (ADS) coordinates a diverse range of community services related events, activities, committees, clubs and groups for newly arrived migrants and refugees. Some of these are listed below. For more information, please contact info@advancediversity.org.au.

Indonesian Arts and Cultural Club (IACC)
The IACC showcases the assets and talents within the culturally rich and diverse Indonesian diaspora living in Bayside and Georges River Councils. It also provides 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.

The group meetings weekly on Sundays at 3Bridges Arncliffe Community Centre. Dance classes are followed by a Bahasa Indonesian language classes, so that young people can learn home country language skills as well as learn to sing traditional songs.

Japanese Arts and Cultural Club (JACC)
The JACC commenced mid-2019 out of an idea by local members of the Japanese-Australian community who wanted a way to share their rich cultural heritage with everyone in the community. The JACC meets once a week on a weeknight during school terms to practice traditional and modern Japanese arts and crafts, music, and dance. People from every cultural background are welcome.

This initiative is supported by Bayside Council through their Community Grants Program.

Chinese Arts and Cultural Club (CACC)
Recently funded by a ClubGRANT from Club Central Hurstville, the Chinese Arts and Cultural Club will provide a space, particularly for Chinese grandparents to come together to perform on a regular basis, and to set up an ongoing club to showcase and build on the talents/assets in their community. Through existing community engagement with Chinese grandparents ADS has identified musical talents within the community. These talents require a professional facilitator to support members to perform to audiences. The grant will seek to hire a facilitator to support the group to do this. Furthermore members have identified two occasions when they would like to showcase their talent.

The Club meets every two weeks at Club Central Hurstville.

Nepalese Dance Group
For more than five years, Nepalese cultural dance classes have been connecting children and teenagers from Nepalese backgrounds that live in the St George and Sutherland Shire areas with their rich cultural roots and the wider community.

Each Sunday, around forty, aged four to seventeen, meet at Shopfront in Carlton to learn Nepalese folk, contemporary and classical dances that have helped to shape and preserve Nepal’s diverse culture in Australia.

Dance classes are followed by an education session in which the young people learn about Nepalese values, norms, systems, culture, fables, history and traditions. They are also tutored in basic Nepali language skills.

This group has been performing in many local and social occasions organised by councils and multicultural organisations.

Migrant Information Day
Migrant Information Day is an annual expo-style event that serves to provide important information about government and non-government services to newly arrived migrants in the region and celebrates the cultural diversity of the St George area. The event is held annually in October or November.