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‘I’ve found my passion’

A migrant from Vietnam, Huynh Quang shares how his work as a Community Foundation volunteer has set him on a new career path.

1:46pm  Jul 25, 2017

WBCF careers expo

WB Community Foundation’s Leadership Project held their annual Careers Expo last week.

11:24am  Jul 21, 2017

Hawk hosts 'Man vs. Food'

Club legend Doug Hawkins joins the Sons of the West Men's Health program to deliver a cooking session with a difference.

12:41pm  Jul 18, 2017

Healthy Living Program (Adult and Youth Programs)

The adults group information sessions educate eligible client groups on physical and mental health and wellbeing, and improve healthy living. These group information sessions will be held across a six to eight week program that will educate clients to overcoming key risk factors such as unhealthy eating, physical inactivity, drugs, alcohol and poor mental health.

Activities will focus on delivering better preventative health measures for new arrivals, including; information dissemination regarding healthy living, exercise, nutrition, mental health, addictions and personal safety.

The youth group information sessions educate eligible client groups on physical and mental health and wellbeing, and improve healthy living and are tailored to meet the specific needs of youth clients, aged 12 to 25 years. Our Youth Health and Wellbeing program will address contemporary youth issues in a settlement context, such as; consumer affairs, cyber-bullying, drugs & alcohol, peer pressure, intergenerational conflict, mental health, respectful relationships, social participation, and Australian culture.

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

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.

School Holiday Programs

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.

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.

Welcome And Community Events

In collaboration with community groups and other service providers, we 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.

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