Group Information Sessions - Health and Wellbeing (aged 18+)
Group information sessions to educate eligible client groups on physical and mental health and wellbeing, and to improve healthy living. These group information sessions will be held during a 6 to 8 week program that will educate clients in overcoming key risk factors such as unhealthy eating, physical inactivity, drugs and alcohol and poor mental health.
Activities will focus on delivering better preventative health measures for new arrivals including information dissemination about healthy living, exercise, nutrition, mental health, addictions, and personal safety.
Group information sessions – Youth Health and Wellbeing (aged 12 to 25 years)
As above but tailored to meet the specific needs of youth clients aged 12 to 25 years and address contemporary youth issues in a settlement context such as consumer affairs issues, cyber-bullying, drugs & alcohol, peer pressure and intergenerational conflict, mental health, respectful relationships, social participation, and Australian culture.
The activities will result in clients' greater self-reliance as evidenced by increased confidence to foster friendships between young people which help reduce social isolation, knowledge of the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle and increased confidence to access settlement services and mainstream youth services. The expected outcomes are:
The Program will provide clients with social participation opportunities through the medium of sport and physical activity, whilst promoting healthy living.
Structured sports programs will assist clients to make social connections and enhance their economic and personal wellbeing by providing opportunities to teach English in a social setting and developing employability skills through sport, in particular teamwork and communication.
Each program will be delivered on a sustained model of engagement with new arrivals (minimum six weeks or sessions per sport). The program will build trust, awareness, understanding, appreciation and skills of each sport as well as enable participants to develop life and social skills.
A men and a women support group will be established for eligible clients aged 18 years and up. The group will provide an opportunity for newly arrived men and women to participate in a skill-based training program and activities and/or group information sessions which will the address settlement needs of the group as identified by the participants.
The activity will focus on helping the adults to develop life skills, independence and participate in the community through skill-based training (for example digital literacy) in a gendered and culturally appropriate framework.
Group activities may include group information sessions to address settlement needs as well as recreational activities to develop social skills and excursions to connect the clients to local services. Topics may include respectful relationships, digital literacy, police and the law, health and wellbeing.
Local exposure tours for target group to introduce clients to local services in particular in the fields of youth, health, employment, education, sport and recreation. Tours will provide clients with an introduction to local services and facilities including relevant staff and volunteers.
Half or full day tours will be delivered in partnership with local councils, sports clubs, community centres and mainstream service providers and provide clients with information on further access and participation opportunities. Tours of facilities and services will also be incorporated into youth and adult support group activities, healthy living programs and community sports programs where possible or relevant.
Topics/information to be covered during the tours may include:
This activity will result in clients increased:
Community leaders will be taught leadership skills through training, mentoring and volunteering opportunities. Leaders will be empowered to manage and run their own community sports events and programs which benefit their own community as well as provide opportunities to engage with other client groups, service providers and mainstream communities.
This activity will provide employment and volunteering opportunities for client group through existing SpiritWest activities and partnerships with SpiritWest’s network of local, state and national sporting organisations and community agencies.
Community leaders will be trained in coaching and officiating skills as well as in areas such as fundraising, advocacy, media, event management and committee management which will equip them with the knowledge and confidence to manage their own community events and programs.
In collaboration with community groups and other service providers, host community and welcome events which engage with the settlement services client group and assist them to make connections with service providers and the broader community. Activities may include one-off events to mark community celebrations such as Refugee Week, Cultural Diversity Week and Adult Leaners Week; or a launch or culmination of a longer term program.
The Sports Ambassador Program will identify youth leaders from other settlement and SpiritWest Services activities, The Ambassadors will be mentored and undertake training on leadership, community development and advocacy skills.
Ambassadors will be trained to provide information to other new arrivals on how to access local community activities such as sports, social clubs, health support groups, sports facilities and local public spaces. Ambassadors will provide support to their communities, develop and promote positive social networks, and promote healthy and positive role modelling for other new arrivals.
Youth sport and recreation programmes will target all eligible clients aged 14 – 24 years old. Activities will focus on developing life skills, social participation opportunities and developing independence in a family and culturally appropriate framework. Youth activities will include group information sessions and training on leadership, communication and social participation as well as recreational activities and excursions.
Community mentors will provide support, positive social networks and healthy role modelling for clients.
Activities will assist newly arrived youth, humanitarian entrants in particular, to identify common goals and interests, develop a shared purpose and promote a sense of identity and belonging.
The young women’s group for eligible clients will provide social support and networking opportunities to reduce social isolation and increase connectedness with the community. This group will address personal well-being issues such as health, physical activity, social connections, mental health and self-esteem and respectful relationships. Sport will be used as the vehicle to engage with clients and address personal well-being issues.
Referrals will be made health services and relevant youth and sport agencies.