Good Practice

13 September 2021
Launch of the SA Refugee Week Youth Poster Awards at the Murray Bridge Regional Gallery

It was a pleasure to be part of the launch of the SA Refugee Week Youth Poster Awards at the Murray Bridge Regional Gallery. This followed the launch in Adelaide during Refugee Week. We were entertained by young performers and exhibitors as well as the new community performers from Vanuatu. Thank you to Murray Bridge Regional Gallery director Fulvia Mantelli, Manager at the Murraylands MRC Heather Muirhead, Mayor Brenton Lewis, Chair of the Murraylands Multicultural Network John Scarvelis and a host of other guests in attendance. Following the launch, I was privileged to present to the Murraylands Multicultural Network’s Annual General Meeting to elect its next management committee.

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10 September 2021
Afghan Community Service Hub

The NAMRC held one of a number of information sessions organised at various sites in metropolitan and regional SA to support Afghan clients with visa understanding and processing.

Click here for more details about the ACSH.

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10 September 2021
Wild support for fundraiser
Article by Charlotte Varcoe, the Border Watch
Photo credit: The Border Watch

Issued 3 September, 2021

RAGS have turned into riches following the ninth annual Recycled Runway event raising over $9000 for social welfare agency ac.care.

Over 300 guests and 31 contestants were transported into an African Safari Saturday night while enjoying both traditional African food and entertainment provided by the Mount Gambier Migrant Resource Centre.

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8 September 2021
Didar is losing his sight, so relies on the customers in his shop for their honesty
Article by Peta Doherty, SBS News

Didar Ali escaped the Taliban after his parents’ murder and now runs an Afghan grocery in the South Australian town of Naracoorte.

Read the full article here.

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1 September 2021
Community consultations and information sessions

Over the past 2 weeks the AMRC and Afghan United Association of SA conducted community consultations and information sessions in metropolitan and regional South Australia. It has been a time for the community to come together to mourn, to heal and to find out what they can do to help their loved ones.

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23 August 2021
Good news story
10 News First

The AMRC’s NDIS client, Ronnel Gonzales, shows how music therapy can positively impact those with an intellectual disability.

Watch the interview by Jodie Oddy from 10 News First here.

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20 August 2021
Faiza Adeel – Community Field Officer

The Bordertown MRC put the ABS in touch with Faiza to work as a bilingual Community Field Officer for Census 2021.

Faiza arrived with her husband six years ago as a skilled migrant, and became an Australian citizen in 2020.

She has been volunteering with the AMRC for six months, often as an interpreter and looking after children in the creche.

Faiza was very concerned when talking to the community about Census. She says there are a lot of people who are unaware that Census takes place every 5 years.

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18 August 2021
National Disability Insurance Scheme ‘too complex’ for people from diverse backgrounds, agencies warn
Article by Sara Tomevska, ABC News
Photo by Lincoln Rothall, ABC News

Key points:

  • Just 9.5 per cent of NDIS participants identify as culturally and linguistically diverse
  • That is less than half the projected participation rate
  • Disability support experts say the scheme is burdened by complexity

Read the full article here.

Improvements needed to NDIS to help diverse communities

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16 August 2021
Young Panda Warriors from the Murraylands

A group of Chinese children are becoming well-known in the Murraylands as ‘Panda Warriors’ for their remarkable kung fu skills.

The children, aged 6-10 years old, were introduced to kung fu by a volunteer instructor as part of the Murraylands MRC’s creche program.

The program has become very popular and has seen the children invited to perform at local council events.

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11 August 2021
Why doing the 2021 Census matters for migrants in regional Australia
Article by Peta Doherty
SBS News

Photo: Wajiha Batool. Source: Peta Doherty/SBS News

The last census showed just how diverse parts of regional Australia are, and services such as more English classes were provided as a result. Those living there now say it’s important everyone is counted again this time around.

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6 August 2021
Filling in Census forms at the NAMRC

More information about the Census workshops can be found here.

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3 August 2021
Empowering People with Disabilities

To view the presentation, Empowering People with Disabilities, please click here.

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23 July 2021
NDIS Achiever
Yodit Yeabiyo

My name is Yodit Yeabiyo and I’m an NDIS client of the AMRC.  I have a prosthetic leg and the AMRC is supporting me to regain some independence and work towards my goals. One of my goals is to learn how to drive a modified vehicle. The AMRC referred me to an OTMDI (occupational therapist motor driving instructor) and I have now completed my pre-driving assessment and will commence driving lessons. Another one of my goals is to study and to work towards a career. The AMRC has supported me to complete a Certificate II in Food Processing and has linked me to information about a Certificate III in Nail Technology which I wish to pursue.

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23 July 2021
NDIS Achiever
Aurora Garcia

My name is Aurora Garcia and I’m an NDIS client of the AMRC. The AMRC has helped me develop an NDIS plan to increase my functional capacity and manage my health and wellbeing. I attend physiotherapy and occupational therapy for exercises to help regain my independence in everyday tasks. I am assisted with household items and personal care and am taken grocery shopping by a Filipino support worker who speaks my language. I am also taken to community events and am encouraged to participate in activities and meet like-minded people. After several hospitalisations last year, the AMRC submitted an early NDIS review and I have now received various supports such as an electric bed, motorized scooter and recliner chair to assist me in everyday life.

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23 July 2021
NDIS UPDATE

NDIS Program Manager Dilky Wijeyekoon represented the AMRC on a panel to discuss the Department of Human Services’ Access and Inclusion Program. She shared the experiences of CALD clients with a disability and highlighted the challenges and unfair circumstances they face when accessing mainstream providers.

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13 July 2021
Training for young people and new volunteers

The Northern Area MRC facilitated a training for young people and new volunteers to prepare them for the Australian workplace. The training outlined the job application process and how to prepare a resume, police check and screening checks. With a better understanding of this process, many of the participants have decided to volunteer in childcare or a women’s group. They enjoyed the training and had fun networking and making friends.

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13 July 2021
Good news story

Khrih Thawng fled to Kuala Lumpur to escape the war in Myanmar. This is where he met his wife, Tuan Hnem Par. As a highly skilled cabinet maker, he worked for ten years using his skills to earn a living for his family. An Australian relative sponsored him and his family on a humanitarian visa and they were resettled in South Australia in 2019. He soon found a job as a cabinet maker for a private firm. He has been working for nine months. In February this year, he bought a three-bedroom house. “I have always wanted a house to call my own,” he said.

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25 June 2021
Refugee Employment Forum

A Refugee Employment Forum held by the Mount Gambier MRC resulted in several casual and 3 full-time jobs for migrants. Held to raise awareness of the employability of refugees, the forum attracted 170 people that included representatives from businesses that are interested in employing refugees. Among the speakers were businesses that respectively employ 17 and 41 refugees in Mount Gambier. They shared their positive experiences of employing refugees with businesses that are looking for workers. The event was funded by the Department of Education, Skills and Employment Local Jobs Program and the Lakes Rotary Club of Mount Gambier.

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24 June 2021
Launch of SA Refugee Week and Launch of Youth Poster Exhibition & Awards
Photos: Ray Caird

Congratulations to all winners and exhibitors in the Youth Poster Awards Exhibition. Thank you to the many schools, teachers, parents and young people that participated. Thank you to the many others, including the Hon Jing Lee MLC, Assistant Minister to the Premier and Ms Pauline Carr, Chancellor of the University of South Australia, who participated in the Launch of SA Refugee Week and Launch of the Youth Poster Awards Exhibition. The young people’s poster exhibition was a humbling and inspiring insight into the views of our future generation.

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24 June 2021
AMRC celebrating SA Refugee Week with refugee achievers…
Rabie Melhem

Rabie Melhem, 25, was resettled in Australia in 2019 after fleeing war in Syria. Rabie studied a Bachelor of Dentistry in Syria, however, it is not recognised in Australia. He has made the most out of the opportunities available in Australia and has gained employment as a part-time care worker in Aged Care. Rabie completed a Certificate IV in English Proficiency before pursuing an Aged Care course to gain employment. He assists his family with paperwork and started volunteering with the AMRC in 2021. Rabie also enjoys modelling and has signed up with an agency.

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24 June 2021
Launch of World Refugee Day 2021
Photos: Ray Caird
Thank you to His Excellency the Honourable Hieu Van Le AC, Governor of South Australia and Mrs Lan Le for the very warm reception at Government House to acknowledge World Refugee Day and to start the Refugee Week calendar of activities.
The AMRC is privileged to have convened Refugee Week for over 21 years with more and more organisations and schools taking part, totalling over 150 organisations and 50 events.
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24 June 2021
AMRC celebrating SA Refugee Week with refugee achievers…
Joseph Ndjeka
Since Joseph Ndjeka arrived in Mount Gambier, he said that he wanted to become a nurse. That dream came true in recent months when he graduated from his nursing degree and began working as a nurse in Mount Gambier.
Joseph grew up and lived in a refugee camp in Malawi for 10 years before coming to Australia.
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17 June 2021
Women’s Governance Training

Congratulations to all the women who completed the Migrant and Refugee Women’s Governance Training on Monday 4 June. The training explored various topics, such as internal governance, the role of management committee members/ board members and equality for women in leadership positions. “This is a very useful training…we hope we can have more training about the procedures on financial funding/ support”.

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15 June 2021
Financial Literacy Workshop

The Financial Literacy Workshop in the NAMRC partnering with SCoA and ASIC provided clients with resources on financial literacy and encouraged them to develop their financial skills. As importantly the organisers received valuable feedback to inform future information/ communication initiatives with new migrants and refugees. Thank you to the volunteers who assisted with meal preparation, and to Sandra Wright, for facilitating the workshop and engaging clients with these important resources.

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4 June 2021
Update from the Limestone Coast
It was a pleasure to chair the Connecting Settlement and Community Services (CSCS) Forums with participatory government, services, community representatives and industry representatives in Mount Gambier, Naracoorte and Bordertown. At the same time, we met with schools to begin the mural project and also met with the Limestone Coast Multicultural Network to update each other on challenges and achievements. Congratulations to the communities that have welcomed new migrants to feel a sense of belonging in these regional towns.
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16 April 2021
Success Stories
Congratulations to these achievers!

Women’s Employment into Action – TTL

Dr Samira works in the Prostate Cancer Research group at the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute. This is the job Samira wanted and worked hard to persevere for in the program. Now your PhD in Science is working for you!

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15 April 2021
Awards Ceremony

Master Chef Cheong Liew visited the AMRC to present certificates of participation to youth who completed the Basic Skills in the Food Industry Training in January 2021. The training was initiated and sponsored by the United Nations Association of Australia SA Division in partnership with the Adelaide Institute of Hospitality and the AMRC.

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15 April 2021
Young Achievers
In February, Shikofa Anguri, 26, begun working in customer services at IKEA. She is very happy in this role and has said that it is the first step in achieving her goal: a degree in Business Administration.
Having fled Afghanistan with her family, Shikofa was sponsored by her family and arrived in Australia in 2018.
Shikofa has been inspired by her grandfather’s words: “An educated person can change the future, when they use pens as their weapons”.
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13 April 2021
Harmony Day 2021 Bordertown
Multicultural Soccer Carnival, Sunday 21st March
Bordertown Migrant Resource Centre and Tatiara District Council worked together with the Tatiara Multicultural Group to celebrate Harmony Day in sporting fashion. The sun shone down for the second Multicultural Soccer Carnival held in Bordertown for a round robin competition for both adults and under 14s. The day was also partnered with Naracoorte United Soccer Club who invited Football SA again to the district to host mini-roos training, inviting kids to try soccer for the first time.
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13 April 2021
Young Achievers

This month, Rashid Omar, 21, is set to achieve his dreams of working as a professional barber and completing a Certificate III in Barbering at TAFESA.

Rashid was introduced to barbering at a young age, in his uncle’s barber shop in Lebanon. He has continued working to expand his repertoire by learning from a barber friend after class and providing haircuts to his friends. He has become known as a barber with flair.

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8 April 2021
Social Participation
The AMRC and partners assisted with equipment, transport and facilities to support children, new arrivals and senior community members to participate in social activities.
AMRC Summer Sports for Young People:
The AMRC engaged young people from migrant and refugee backgrounds in group sports this summer.
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6 April 2021
Policy Launch Event
Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) Child Placement Policy
On March 19, the Department of Child Protection launched the inaugural Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) Child Placement Policy, in partnership with the Department of Education Services and Anglicare SA. The event was the first of its kind in Australia and involved fifty participants from Congolese, Tanzanian, Indian, Pakistani, Afghani and Kurdish backgrounds.
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24 February 2021
Launch of the Naracoorte MRC and Limestone Coast Multicultural Network

Wonderful launch of the Naracoorte MRC and Limestone Coast Multicultural Network by his Excellency Mr Hieu Van Le, Governor of SA and Mrs Le, assisted by AMRC Board members, Mayor Erika Vickery OAM, Hussain Razaiat and Chair Judge Rauf Soulio. A most welcoming town where the cultural diversity increases as more migrants discover the place they call home! The AMRC is proud to be part of this migrant history.

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17 February 2021
Family Day 2020

Family Day brought clients and their families together to celebrate the end of 2020, while still complying with COVID-19 restrictions. 199 people attended the four sessions at the AMRC offices in the City and Salisbury.

The NDIS team, with assistance from TTL students, decorated the venue with balloons and table décor. It was a great opportunity for students to gain work experience.

The children were gifted toys and families presented with gift vouchers.

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8 February 2021
Zoo Outing

On January 22 2021, sixteen families from the NDIS program went on a trip to the Adelaide Zoo.

The trip was sponsored by the Rotary Club of Campbelltown and provided families with the opportunity to attend a social activity.

To ensure their full participation, the NDIS clients were assisted by care workers to download the Zoo Navigating App.

“They really enjoyed and love it so much.  Everything was well organised”, NDSI Care Support Worker Sui said.

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6 January 2021
Young Achievers
Welcome to 2021!
We continue with our stories of young achievers...

Claude Kulimushi

When the flow-on effect of the Covid-19 pandemic caused many people to lose their jobs around Australia, the Mount Gambier City Council became proactive and created job opportunities to help soften the blow. Programmed Skilled Workforce – whom council engaged to recruit workers – contacted the MRC in May to hear if anyone from refugee background has lost their job due to Covid-19. The MRC was able to identify a number of clients and emailed their resumes to Programmed Skilled Workforce.

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17 December 2020
AMRC: NDIS
She wanted two birds, “two because they can speak each other’s language. I can’t speak their language”

San Maya Magar was born in Bhutan and fled to Nepal where she lived in a refugee camp from the age of 10. She arrived in Australia in 2017. She has an intellectual disability and lives in a rental property with her three children.

When San Maya was initially referred for services, she did not talk much. With the support of AMRC and workers who speak her language she receives NDIS and is able to participate more.

This year has been difficult in terms of increased risks for people with disabilities and isolation.

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10 December 2020
AMRC AGM and Board elections
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9 December 2020
UNHCR Regional Representative, Louise Aubin

“Privileged to be part of a South Australian team showing global leadership. Thank you Louise Aubin, UNHCR Regional Representative to Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands,