Community Notices

August 2018

**CANCELLED**  WoW Conversations – 1 & 11 August 2018 (Hindmarsh)

Due to unforeseen circumstances WOW event that was planned for 1 August at 6 pm has beeen cancelled. They apologise for any inconvenience this might have caused.

The Planning event scheduled for 11 August 2018 at 10 am will go ahead as per plan . We eagerly look forward to seeing you all there. Please continue to send your RSVPs to or 82458100 .

Please refer to the link above for information regarding two events in August. Notes for the first meeting are linked here.

Onkaparinga Collaborative Approach: Southern Domestic Violence Forum – from 7 August 2018 (Noarlunga)

Four FREE DV forums for workers in the southern area:

**NEW** Make An Australian Friend (10 August 2018)

Baptist Care currently  have 36 volunteers who are part of Baptist Care SA’s Friendship Program,  varying in age from twenties to seventies who are (or will be soon) available to be matched with a refugee or asylum seeker  to assist them to practice English, learn more about Australian culture and customs and systems, to be better connected to community services and enjoy socialising together.  (The Friendship Program was formerly known as the Fuse Mentoring Program) .

Once matched, the volunteer  and the client/mentee meet up for 6 hours per month, for a period of 6 months.  After that initial 6 month period, the volunteer and client/mentee can decide if they wish to keep meeting or not.  (Of course either person can at any time decided to opt out if they wish to do so).  Volunteers are respectful of the cultural and religious background of the people they are matched with.  The goal is to develop a friendship where both the volunteer and the client/mentee interact and learn from each other.

In order to be eligible, the client needs to be over 18 years of age, willing and able to meet up with a volunteer for 6 hours per month, speak some English and be from a refugee or asylum seeker background.  From experience we have found that if the client/mentee has very limited English or a complex situation such as severe depression or chronic illness  that the matches are less likely to be successful.  So please take this into account when proposing someone to be part of the program. Please click here for an application/referral form.

**NEW**  Youth Art Exhibition Launch : Me & My Role Models with Somalian Young People – 15 August 2018 (City)

Come meet artist Lauryn Arnott who worked with the Somalian Young people on this creative project and meet some of the Young People themselves.

RSVP with Megan Hill at

An invitation to attend ‘The Dark Discussion’ a fight against Domestic Violence and Honour Killing – 24 August 218 (Payneham)

 This seminar will be one of the many initiatives by SHAMSHIR apart from The Dark Campaign against Sexual Assault, Mini Me Project for kids’ awareness against abuse and bullying, WOW – Women of the World empowering the unsung heroes, Redefining Divas against body shaming and Open Shutters a photo competition addressing taboo topics.
‘The Dark Discussion’ will be a campaign to raise community awareness about domestic violence and honour killing. It will be aimed to reflect on the damage that these social evils have on not only women but also men, children, families and also the community as a whole. This discussion is a platform to effectively communicate to the masses that domestic violence is an alarming issue and concerns everybody and not just an individual, this is a dilemma that the whole of the Australian community must confront.             
In purview of the past events organised by Shamshir, we are expecting around 200 attendees from diverse background and communities to join hands. A gathering of like-minded people, including White Ribbon Ambassadors, advocates and leaders representing various ethnic groups carrying individual cultural practices and belief against domestic and family violence will provide an opportunity for productive networking. 

RSVP by August 10, 2018 due to limited seating.

ARA: Cultural Awareness Workshops – 18 September, 24 October & 7 November 2018 (Underdale)

  • Engaging Culturally Diverse Clients – for community welfare workers
  • Engaging Culturally Diverse Youth – for youth workers
  • Engaging Culturally Diverse Youth in Education – for teachers/school counsellors

— Resources —

Homework Clubs (Various locations)

ARA (Australian Refugee Association) Muslim Cross Cultural Awareness and Sensitivity Information

Intercultural Women’s Friendship Group (North)

The purpose of the group is to empower women through exploring different cultures, sharing hobbies and talents, and building general knowledge skills. Attendance is by gold coin donation.

Migrant & Refugee Home Care  – Support for people with disability from refugee backgrounds

Migrant & Refugee Home Care is registered under NDIS to provide ethno-specific services and programs mainly to people from migrant and refugee backgrounds with disabilities but without excluding other people with disabilities.

Preventing sexual violence against young women from African backgrounds

Donna Chung [and 3 others], Australian Institute of Criminology, 2018

This study investigated the understanding and experiences of sexual coercion and violence by young women from African refugee and migrant backgrounds in Western Australia and South Australia.


DV-alert Settlement Stream and Multicultural stream training sessions – May & June 2018 (Mount Gambier & Renmark)

The Australian Migrant Resource Centre (AMRC) has a partnership with Lifeline Australia to deliver a series of Settlement Stream and Multicultural stream DV-alert training sessions, as part of the national Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-2022. DV-alert Settlement Stream and Multicultural stream training sessions are being held in Mount Gambier, Adelaide and Renmark in May and June 2018. For more information please contact Cynthia Caird on 8217 9539 or email

English Conversational Classes @ Grenville Hub – spaces still available (Elizabeth)

Welcome to Australia: Media Release  – 24 May 2018

Few days ago Salim a 32-year old Rohingya refugee died on Manus Island. He jumped out of a moving bus and suffered severe head injuries and died. This is the seventh death on Manus under our watch.

Successful Communities – What do you need? How well did we do? – posted 5 June 2018

SA Refugee Week Calendar of Events – 17 to 25 June 2018 

Refugee Week ‘with refugees’ – 19 & 20 June 2018 (Hilton)

Refugee Week: Multicultural Youth Concert – 23 June 2018 (Elizabeth)

During refugee week there will be A BIG Multicultural Youth Concert. Performers and dancers from various cultural backgrounds African (such as Burundian, Sudanese, Zimbabwean), Middle-East ( such as  Bhutanese, Nepali), and Australian (such as Aboriginal Culture) will perform at Northern Sound System, Elizabeth.  This is a FREE event and includes dinner and children’s activities.

Multicultural Mental Health Awareness & Translation Project Launch – 27 June 2018 (City)

Come join us as we launch of our Multicultural Awareness & Translation Project. Learn about what is available for your community & your members.

Lifeline: DV-Alert (Domestic and Family Violence Response Training) – 29 & 30 June 2018 (City)

Mamma Mia – Here We Go Again! Refugee Fundraiser – 21 July 2018 (Kensington Gardens)

Come and see the second Mamma Mia film and support refugees and asylum seekers in our community through Circle of Friends.

DHS-Multicultural Forums – July 2018 (Various locations)

You are all invited to attend the Department of Human Services Local Multicultural Forums in July. There will be no guest speakers this time as there is a lot to discuss/explain about the new budget changes. This is an opportunity for you all to promote your services and programs to other service providers and exchange information and knowledge at the same time. It has been decided to send out only one invitation for all four Forums (Modbury, Kilkenny, Salisbury and Marion) rather than sending out separate invitations for each Forum. All the Forums start 09:30 am and finish at 11:30 am.

  • Tuesday 3 July 2018 – Marion Service Centre – 8 Warracowie Way, Oaklands Park SA 5046
  • Thursday 5 July 2018 – Kilkenny Service Centre – 8 Regency Rd, Kilkenny SA 5009
  • Tuesday 10 July 2018 – Modbury Service Centre – 96 Reservoir Rd, Modbury SA 5092
  • Thursday 12 July 2018 – Salisbury Service Centre- 32-38 Gawler st, Salisbury SA 5108

To RSVP or ask any question, please email: