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Healthy Living Program

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.

Expected Outcomes

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:

  • - Increased understanding of personal wellbeing (physical and mental health)
  • - Improved understanding of the Australian health system
  • - Increased knowledge and ability to access youth services and youth-focused health services
  • - Increased knowledge and ability to access recreation services including sporting clubs and local spaces,
  • - Increased knowledge and ability to access mainstream health services such as mental health counselling and nutritionists.
  • - Clients will be empowered to provide information they have learnt to other community members

CALDplay Sports Programs

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.

Expected Outcomes

    • - The program will act as an entry point for clients into broader community participation in mainstream sports clubs, facilities and competitions.
    • - Improved health and wellbeing of clients
    • - Improved life and social skills learnt through transferable sports skills such as teamwork, discipline, time management, maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
    • - Increased self-confidence and self-esteem of participants as a result of participating in sport and physical recreation

Men's & Women's Support Groups

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.

Expected Outcomes

  • - This activity will provide social connections with peers and the broader community
  • - Clients will learn new skills which will help them to independently navigate and access mainstream support services
  • - Clients will increase their personal capacity and independence to solve problems as they arise
  • - Clients will gain confidence and knowledge to seek support and mainstream services.

Exposure Tours

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:

  • - Alternative education and training pathways including apprenticeships and VCAL
  • - Connection with mainstream services including youth drop in programs, adult learner classes and sports clubs
  • - Mainstream services that can assist clients develop self-reliance such as emergency services, road traffic authorities, employment services, community centres and government agencies.

Expected Outcomes

This activity will result in clients increased:

  • - Knowledge and ability to navigate and access mainstream support services and recreation facilities including public spaces such as libraries, civic centres and parks.
  • - Personal capacity and independence to solve problems as they arise
  • - Connection with local services and providers
  • - Ability to provide information about accessing services to other community members.

Community Sports Leadership Program

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. 

Expected Outcomes

  • - The program will result in clients' increased knowledge of and ability to navigate and access sporting and mainstream employment opportunities; personal capacity and independence to solve problems as they arise.
  • - Skills will include communication, team work, problem solving, Initiative and enterprise, planning and organising, self-management, learning and technology.
  • - Increased leadership skills and confidence to advocate to and access mainstream services for settlement services client groups
  • - Ability to provide accessing services to other community members
  • - Social connections and network of support including mentors and peers.

Welcome And Community Events

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.

Expected Outcomes

  • - Clients will have an increased connectedness with peers and broader community
  • - Clients will have an increase ability to provide information about accessing services to other community members
  • - Service providers are working collaboratively to achieve common community development goals


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.

Expected Outcomes

  • Clients will become more independent and self-reliant to advocate for their needs to mainstream organisations.
  • Through volunteering opportunities, regular support, guidance and mentoring as well as provision of culturally appropriate and accessible resources, clients will increase their skills, confidence and ability to actively engage in their community.
  • Clients will develop transferable life skills acquired through training in leadership and community development


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.

Expected Outcomes

  • - This service will reinforce positive behaviours in clients and enhance their ability to effectively deal with life's challenges through social participation activities by strengthening skills in leadership, communication, personal wellbeing such as stress management, decision making and problem solving.
  • - Young people will have a better understanding of youth recreation activities and support services as well as increase their peer support network.
  • - Young people will have increased understanding of local services
  • - Promote volunteerism amongst older youth


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.

Expected Outcomes

  • This activity will result in greater self-reliance through increased confidence to foster friendships between young men and women which help reduce social isolation and increase knowledge healthy lifestyles and respectful relationships.
  • This activity will build self-reliance through improved understanding of health issues such as sexual health, exercise, nutrition, body image, anger management, mental health, relationships, alcohol and other drugs.