Funding and Resources

Afghan-Australian Community & Settlement Support grant program is now open!

  • Minimum amount of funding available is $20,000 per year (or $30,000 over 17 months).
  • Maximum amount of funding available is $250,000 per year (or $375,000 over 17 months).

The Afghan-Australian Community and Settlement Support grant program supports Afghan-Australian and other community and grassroot organisations undertaking critical work to welcome and support people recently evacuated from Afghanistan.
 
Through an open competitive process, the program provides grants to organisations to facilitate positive settlement outcomes for newly arrived Afghan people.

Two grant rounds will be held between November 2021 and June 2023. Grant round one is now open, and applications close on Thursday, 23 December 2021.
 
Join us at one of our information sessions as we answer questions about the application process, deadlines, and assessment criteria. 
 
Click on the links below to register for one of the information sessions at the following dates and times :
December 7, 12:30 PM AEDT
December 14, 5:00 PM AEDT
  
Format: Virtual Zoom Meeting

Applications will be accepted via an online submission form on Afghan-Australia Community & Settlement Support website.

To apply or for more information on the program, please visit: https://www.aacassgrants.org.au
The grant program is administered by Migration Council Australia.


Diversity

Employment Rights Legal Service.

This is a service that focuses on migrants and vulnerable workers. Their website has this brochure in 23 community languages

They would like to hear suggestions for translations needed. Burmese? Kinyamulenge?  If requested, they can print and send out paper copies early next year.

They are based in Redfern but the bulk of their work is done via phone 9-5pm with interpreters. They welcome a shared casework approach with services if that works best.

The issues they are seeing most at present involve dismissals, work hours being reduced after lockdown, mandated vaccines,  and discrimination matters. They often investigate further with a single complaint to see if there is a systemic issue with a whole company or organisation.

Although the bulk of their work is providing legal advice and community education, they also work on law reform, and would welcome case studies to support this.

Sharmilla Bargon is the ERLS coordinator so she is the best one-stop shop if you have questions, please email her on coordinator@erls.org.au.

 If you would like ERLS to come and chat to your team, email Sharmilla to set up a convenient time. Or I’m happy to invite them to IRIF next year if there’s broad interest.


Afghan-Australian Community & Settlement Support grant program is now open!

  • Minimum amount of funding available is $20,000 per year (or $30,000 over 17 months).
  • Maximum amount of funding available is $250,000 per year (or $375,000 over 17 months).

The Afghan-Australian Community and Settlement Support grant program supports Afghan-Australian and other community and grassroot organisations undertaking critical work to welcome and support people recently evacuated from Afghanistan.
 
Through an open competitive process, the program provides grants to organisations to facilitate positive settlement outcomes for newly arrived Afghan people.

Two grant rounds will be held between November 2021 and June 2023. Grant round one is now open, and applications close on Thursday, 23 December 2021.
 
Join us at one of our information sessions as we answer questions about the application process, deadlines, and assessment criteria. 
 
Click on the links below to register for one of the information sessions at the following dates and times :
December 7, 12:30 PM AEDT
December 14, 5:00 PM AEDT
  
Format: Virtual Zoom Meeting

Applications will be accepted via an online submission form on Afghan-Australia Community & Settlement Support website.

To apply or for more information on the program, please visit: https://www.aacassgrants.org.au
The grant program is administered by Migration Council Australia.


Employment and Training

Christmas Volunteering 

We have plenty of volunteering opportunities with at our Gift Wrapping Stall in the Wollongong Mall. We would love for you to get involved and help spread cheer as we approach Christmas. 

Not only will you have fun, you know you’ll be helping a good cause. The stall will run from Thursday 2 December until Thursday 24 December 2021.

Book in with a friend or family member – places are filling up!

We’re recruiting!

We have a number of exciting opportunities to work with Lifeline South Coast. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply ASAP. 

Telephone Crisis Support (13 11 14) Paid Services Coordinator
We are looking for someone to help coordinate and support our paid crisis support services. This is a permanent part-time role and will work across Wollongong and Nowra sites.

Accredited Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Crisis Supporter
We are looking to recruit a new mob to answer calls on Lifeline’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Crisis Support line. This will be a paid role with a range of permanent part-time and casual positions available.


This is a service that focuses on migrants and vulnerable workers. The website has this brochure in 23 community languages

They would like to hear suggestions for translations needed. Burmese? Kinyamulenge?  If requested, they can print and send out paper copies early next year.

They are based in Redfern but the bulk of their work is done via phone 9-5pm with interpreters. They welcome a shared casework approach with services if that works best.

The issues they are seeing most at present involve dismissals, work hours being reduced after lockdown, mandated vaccines, and discrimination matters. They often investigate further with a single complaint to see if there is a systemic issue with a whole company or organisation.

Although the bulk of their work is providing legal advice and community education, they also work on law reform, and would welcome case studies to support this.

Sharmilla Bargon is the ERLS coordinator so she is the best one-stop shop if you have questions, please email her on coordinator@erls.org.au.

 If you would like ERLS to come and chat to your team, email Sharmilla to set up a convenient time. Or I’m happy to invite them to IRIF next year if there’s broad interest.


Sexual Health

When developing the Because You Care online training, we considered the importance of starting a conversation with young people around their sexual and reproductive health.

Those who have completed the training may recall the activity in the 3rd module, devoted to starting conversations.

A lot of us may think of this as the “birds and bees” chat or “the talk” and think of it as a one off conversation. In reality and ideally, these can be a series of short but ongoing discussions, at moments that are relevant to the young person and appropriate for their age and level of development.

There are some fantastic resources which can help guide these conversations. One of our favourites is “Talk soon. Talk often”. A resource designed to help parents, carers and workers navigate conversations around sexual and reproductive health with young people.

We love that there is also a culturally safe adaptation of the resource “Yarning quiet ways” and a simplified tip sheet in several languages. Another great source of sexual and reproductive health information, games, resources and factsheets is Play Safe Pro.

It can also be useful to use and make reference to movies, TV shows, song lyrics and hot topics on social media to start conversations with young people around their sexual and reproductive health.

Asking simple questions such as “what did you think about that” or “what would you and your friends do in that situation” can be non-confrontational ways to start a conversation.

The “Because you care” training module 3 addresses ways to start conversations and tips and suggestions for keeping the conversation going. The training is available online and Free!

Happy chatting!

If you would like any further information please contact Naomi.Viret@health.nsw.gov.au or Jason.VanRitten@health.nsw.gov.au


Women

80/80 for 2031

Domestic, family and sexual violence and abuse is a community-wide public health emergency.

It infects every aspect of life: our health and safety, education,employment, housing and life opportunities.

It impacts our children and tears our social fabric apart.

We all need to demand a safer Australia.

We need bold, focused and courageous action to achieve it. Our vision is that by 2031, Australia has reduced the 2021 rates of domestic and family violence by 80%, and 80% of women whohave experienced domestic and family violence-related trauma are properly supported to recover.

It is a vision of hope.

As community leaders, we call on all levels of Governments to aim for 80|80 in 2031.To achieve this, we want the next National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and Children to:.
80/80 in 2031


Employment and Training

Youth Worker Position

A Youth Worker position with Wollongong Flexible Learning Centre is now open for applications.

Details

  • Position: Youth Worker
  • Location: Wollongong NSW (Illawarra region)
  • Status: Full-time, on-going
  • Commencement: Term 1, 2022
  • Applications close 5:00pm, Thursday 9 December 2021

For further information, please contact Atesh Maharaj, Head of Campus with Wollongong FLC


Safety

National Redress Scheme

The National Redress Scheme is for adults who were sexually abused as
a child.

Call our team on 1800 843 929

Email info@wayfinderhub.com.au

You might get redress for what happened. You might get:
• Money
• Counselling
• An apology

People with Disability Australia (PWDA) is a disability rights, representative and advocacy organisation. PWDA’s Redress team are available to assist people with disability to access the Federal Government’s National Redress Scheme. We receive funding through the Federal Government to provide confidential and free support for people with disability (including psychosocial disability/mental health issues) to access the Scheme, should they wish to.

The Scheme was set up in response to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, and for eligible people offers: financial redress, counselling and psychological services, and the potential for an apology from the relevant institution. Across Australia we are seeking to form working relationships with organisations as well as working with people with disability. Our aim is to establish referral pathways, and offer services information and support in working with people who may wish to apply to the Redress Scheme.

We acknowledge the scheme is not highly advertised. One reason for this is due to the concern about possible trauma that advertising may cause a survivor. We have also found that this means that many people do not know their eligibility and are missing out. We prefer to work collaboratively with services and can provide guidance and advice in understanding how best to support people with disability access the scheme. We work this way so that people can continue to work with the services they know and trust and workers they are connected to, rather than discussing sensitive issues with a new service they do not know. We offer individualised presentations to services about the scheme, and are happy to discuss any issues, concerns and questions they may have. We also provide warm referrals to other redress services in regional communities, so we are also very keen to work with these services as well.

Please contact us if you would like any further information, would like us to present to your staff, or if you would like to talk with us about how we may be able to work together. Please find attached some brochures and information on our service. Also, you can find additional information about People with Disability Australia on our website http://www.pwd.org.au

Linda Wiseham

Project Officer and Advocate, Redress Project

0490 082 737

lindaw@pwd.org.au

Karen Kobier

Manager and Specialist Advocate, Redress Project

0434 692 845 karenk@pwd.org.au

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