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Community Migrant Resource Centre

Contact

Name: Melissa Monteiro

Position: CEO

Email: admin@cmrc.com.au

Address

L4, 1 Horwood Place

Parramatta

Sydney 2150

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Our Mission / Objective

The mission of the Community Migrant Resource Centre is to provide high quality services, settlement information, support and advocacy to migrants and refugees in order to facilitate successful integration into the wider community.

 

Projects in Progress

The Settlement Services (SSP) Program

The SSP program is designed to respond to the needs of newly arrived migrants, refugees and humanitarian entrants experiencing difficulties in accessing mainstream services. Under the SSP program, settlement information is given to newly arrived migrants, refugees and humanitarian entrants to assist them with transition into the new environment and become self-reliant and participate equitably in the Australian society as soon as possible after arrival.  The provision of services is done under three service types: orientation to Australia, community development and integration.

The following SSP projects endeavour to generate and build community leadership, enhance participation in all aspects of life in Australia and a shared community vision.

 

Youth Transition Support Program (YTSP)


YTSP promotes education, employment and positive social engagement and participation. Delivering casework & referral services, along with tailored & trauma-informed support programs, to refugee and vulnerable CaLD youth aged 15 – 25 who are living in the Blacktown and Cumberland LGAs. CMRC delivers the PILOT with our 2 key service delivery partners.

YTSP has assisted CMRC to pilot a number of innovative interventions with young people, who face systemic barriers in remaining in the education system, transitioning into the Australian labour force and across the wider community where unconscious bias still faces those from diverse backgrounds.
We have over 20 x staff who co-design programs in partnership with refugee youth communities. We capacity build youth leaders to advocate on behalf of other newly arrived youth and we ensure that young people make informed choices when considering their education & employment pathways.
On a weekly basis, we run 20 x programs across our 2 x LGAs, including outreach services delivered through our mini-van, satellite hub sites and key high schools.

Since program delivery commenced in April 2016, we have provided individual case support to 995 clients, and over 5000 young people have participated in group work activities.


Early Intervention and Perinatal (EIP) Project

The EIP Project works to improve outcomes and wellbeing for families with children 0-8 years by providing support for parenting, facilitating informal support groups and access to appropriate services in Parramatta and Holroyd local government areas. This project entails the following-

Support Groups: Provide social emotional support and coping mechanisms to those people who are undergoing a difficult time in their lives during settlement in Australia. Support groups reduce social isolation and create network opportunities for community members.

Support Playgroups: Are an effective means to empower families and help them make choices that positively influence their children’s development whilst also fostering the skills needed to effectively participate in and contribute to the development of their local community. Playgroups also have a positive effect on the health and vitality of communities across our local government areas.

Readiness to School Program: Is implemented to promote the development of skills which are optimal for children to possess before commencing school. The program creates a sense of belonging within the school community. It is aimed at achieving a smooth transition for all children from playgroup to primary school.

Antenatal Classes: Provide support to disadvantaged mothers from CALD backgrounds that have lived in Australia for less than two years.  This has been achieved simply by maintaining positive and effective communication channels between health providers and CALD women.

Positive Parenting Program (Triple P): Provides parents simple and practical strategies to help them confidently manage their children’s behaviour, prevent problems developing and build strong, healthy relationships. Triple P seminars, groups and individual sessions are available upon request.

Home Visits: Play a key role in providing effective parenting skills and improving child development. Better links with local services are established through referrals to other local services.

Paint Parra ReAd: Is a literacy program aimed at increasing literacy skills for children under 5 years of age. The aim of the program is to encourage parents to start reading, singing and writing with their children every day from birth.

Perinatal Forum for Service Providers: Focus is to identify needs and issues of mothers from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds who give birth in Australia. The forum explores various aspects of maternity and cross cultural perspectives of these women and their babies.

 

Multicultural Support Workers Project

The Multicultural Support Workers Project (MSWP) is funded by the Department of Family and Community services. The project has been in operation since 2007. This project is the only venture of CMRC that expands beyond local boundaries, targeting and responding to requests from across NSW. The 2015-16 was the first year of serving a variety of emerging multicultural communities. Initially, the project was exclusively targeting communities from the African continent. In 2015, the project was expanded to cover other emerging communities that are struggling with understanding and complying with the NSW Child Protection system and its requirements.

The Multicultural Support Workers Project builds positive relationships between Family and Community Services, NGO services and CALD communities in relation to child safety, neglect and other child protection matters.

We focus on recognising, utilising and building on existing parenting capacities and in that way, strengthening families. The main goal is establishing and monitoring of safe, secure and stable environments for children.

We also promote, encourage and support culturally competent family intervention by better equipping FACS Caseworkers and Non-Government Organisations with important cultural aspects and language support when interacting and working with CALD families that are facing significant child protection matters. This is done through the collaborative approach between the MSWP workers and FACS or/and NGO Case workers. Furthermore, where appropriate and required MSWP Worker may provide language support as well.

Areas of Work:
Assistance to the FACS and/or NGO Case workers
Assistance to the individual CALD family

Strategies to intervene early and prevent escalation of child protection issues:

  • Tailored community awareness & cultural awareness workshops
  • Accredited Triple P parenting programs providers and are available to deliver language and culture specific parenting programs. (fee for service applies)
  • Language spoken by the MSWP Team
    • Afghani; Dari & Farsi; Hazaragi; Pushtu
    • Amharic & Oromo; Dinka; Juba Arabic (Sudanese); Kinyarwanda; Kirundi & French; Krio & Sou Sou; Lingala & Swahili; Somalian
    • Afghani; Dari & Farsi; Hazaragi; Pushtu
    • Bengali; Bhutanese; Karen Nepali; Tamil; Thai
    • Bosnian, Croatian; Greek; Romanian; Russian; Serbian; Spanish
    • Chinese Cantonese & Mandarin
    • Fijian
    • Turkish

Our People

CEO

Melissa Monteiro, CEO

Leadership Team

Melissa Monteiro (CEO); Aurelia Rahman (Settlement Services Manager); Nexhmije Shala (Business Development Manager); Priscella Mabor (Manager Youth Transition Support Program); Margarita Videla (CALD Early Intervention & Perinatal Program Coordinator); Mira Mitrovic (Multicultural Support Workers Project Coordinator); Uma Menon (Partnerships & Community Engagement Coordinator); Geneve O’Connor (Beyond Diversity Program Manager); Dijana Mackic (Admin & Finance Manager)

 

Names of Board Members

Warren Schweitzer (Chairperson); Safar Sarmed (Deputy Chairperson); Jason Guest (Treasurer); Olayide Ogunsiji (Secretary); Nola Randall-Mohk (Staff Liaison Officer); Ajmer Singh; Augustine Okereafor; Billy Cotsis; Keith Hamilton; Ummaru Binneh Conteh

 

Registration Information

ABN

89 786 937 360

Tax Deductible

Yes

How to help us

Wills and Bequests

Supporting refugee, migrant and vulnerable communities

CMRC provides a range of services for newly arrived refugees, migrants and asylum seeker families in Western and Northern Sydney. CMRC provides material and financial assistance, settlement information and referral, capacity building activities for individuals and families. Our vision is to achieve a society that values the diversity of its people and actively provides support to ensure meaningful social and economic participation and to assist individuals and families reach their potential.

In order to achieve and provide a sustained service delivery we are seeking donations to the following programs.

Where will your assistance go?

Refugee Households receive Food Hampers: In partnership with Life Links and Food Bank

Every week 45 disadvantaged households receive emergency food hampers that include fresh and tinned food, baby products and house hold goods.

Magic Carpet Project

The Magic Carpet Project provides social enterprise opportunities for talented refugee artisans working across Sydney. The refugee artisans are skilled in Traditional Afghan Kite Making, Henna Design, African Hair Braiding, and Madhubani art. They run workshops together or individually with a passion to share their skills and cultural background. The project also delivers workshops at local community events and festivals to promote social cohesion and intercommunity harmony, respect for others cultural practices, and promote pride for one’s community and cultural heritage. The team deliver workshops at a number of annual community events including the Orange Blossom Festival, Festival of the Winds, Parramasala, Harmony day expo, Refugee Week, and Creativity Unleashed. Sponsor the Magic Carpet Project to enable them to continue the great work they do.

New Frontiers

New Frontiers is a sports initiative for new arrivals. Vulnerable young males from refugee/asylum backgrounds (from countries including Afghanistan/Iran/Sri Lanka/Iraq and Syria) participate in this program. Many of these young males are looking for physical outlets whilst recovering from traumatized experiences following their escape from conflict and persecution. CMRC runs a number of sports programs – fitness/circuit training in the gym / Fair Go Futsal / South Asian Cup Football Tournament / Girls Volleyball / Swim For Life Program. New Frontiers! depends on a dedicated number of volunteer trainers and facilitators and coaches. All inspired to assist because of a shared passion for sports and fitness, and a shared sense of a growing need to engage with our young people in the gyms, soccer fields and swimming pools of Western Sydney.

Make and Bake

Make and Bake is a ground breaking cooking and small business training program for refugee women. Women from Afghanistan, Iran, Sri Lanka and Syria combine their traditional cooking skills with western culinary influences, and receive accredited vocational training certificates in small business. Some participants have arrived on Women at Risk visas and are bringing up children as single parents. Having the flexibility to learn and earn – cooking from home in-between parenting duties – has proven to be an invaluable opportunity for women who are still learning English but who are keen to build a new life for themselves and their children in Australia.

Financial Assistance

Disadvantaged families in financial difficulties are assisted with EAPA Vouchers. EAPA is a NSW Government Scheme which helps Individuals and Families having trouble paying their home electricity and/or gas bill because of a crisis or emergency situation. CMRC administers the EAPA vouchers to these families and Individuals who are in financial hardship. Arrangements with suppliers for payment by instalments can be made.

Find Your Voice

Find Your Voice is a program offering public speaking and confidence building training to refugee women and young people. Often when English is a second language and people find themselves marginalized from the mainstream community, rebuilding your core strength / identity and confidence is gained through standing tall, breathing and being able to speak in front of anybody and everybody. Women from South Sudan, Ghana and Burma share with the other women, the meaning behind their own names. By the close of the program, they are able to tell a story, read a speech and even debate an issue with a smile on their face. You can help these women today.

• Sponsor a public speaker

• Mentor a public speaker

• Invite a speaker to your workplace lunch or staff meeting or networking dinner

 Creativity Unleashed

Creativity Unleashed is a collective of raw but talented artists from a number of war torn countries including Afghanistan, Sri Lanka and Syria. Artists work across a number of creative practices including photography, textiles, screen print, illustration and filmmaking.

The Creativity Unleashed Expo held in June 2016 provided a showcase for the artists to explore their experiences and express themselves, with a wider audience who were looking to engage with communities often reduced to headlines in the media narrative.

There are a number of ways you can support – Creativity Unleashed

 

    • Sponsor an artist

 

    • Provide studio space for an artist

 

    • Sponsor an artist exhibition

 

    • Sponsor an artist business networking lunch

 

    • Donate art materials / digital cameras / film equipment

 

 

Work with us

Volunteer with us

CMRC welcomes volunteers. Volunteering is a time-honoured tradition in Australian society which helps build stronger, resilient and unified communities. Volunteers at CMRC play an integral role in supporting the delivery of invaluable services to the newly-arrived refugees and migrants in Western and Northern Sydney.

Our volunteers come from all walks of life and cultural backgrounds. Volunteering at CMRC assists many volunteers to learn new skills and gain work experience.

Feel free to call & speak to someone about becoming a CMRC volunteer on (02) 9687 9901 or email admin@cmrc.com.au to register your interest.

 

Our Annual Reports

Our Mission / Objective

The mission of the Community Migrant Resource Centre is to provide high quality services, settlement information, support and advocacy to migrants and refugees in order to facilitate successful integration into the wider community.

 

Projects in Progress

The Settlement Services (SSP) Program

The SSP program is designed to respond to the needs of newly arrived migrants, refugees and humanitarian entrants experiencing difficulties in accessing mainstream services. Under the SSP program, settlement information is given to newly arrived migrants, refugees and humanitarian entrants to assist them with transition into the new environment and become self-reliant and participate equitably in the Australian society as soon as possible after arrival.  The provision of services is done under three service types: orientation to Australia, community development and integration.

The following SSP projects endeavour to generate and build community leadership, enhance participation in all aspects of life in Australia and a shared community vision.

 

Youth Transition Support Program (YTSP)


YTSP promotes education, employment and positive social engagement and participation. Delivering casework & referral services, along with tailored & trauma-informed support programs, to refugee and vulnerable CaLD youth aged 15 – 25 who are living in the Blacktown and Cumberland LGAs. CMRC delivers the PILOT with our 2 key service delivery partners.

YTSP has assisted CMRC to pilot a number of innovative interventions with young people, who face systemic barriers in remaining in the education system, transitioning into the Australian labour force and across the wider community where unconscious bias still faces those from diverse backgrounds.
We have over 20 x staff who co-design programs in partnership with refugee youth communities. We capacity build youth leaders to advocate on behalf of other newly arrived youth and we ensure that young people make informed choices when considering their education & employment pathways.
On a weekly basis, we run 20 x programs across our 2 x LGAs, including outreach services delivered through our mini-van, satellite hub sites and key high schools.

Since program delivery commenced in April 2016, we have provided individual case support to 995 clients, and over 5000 young people have participated in group work activities.


Early Intervention and Perinatal (EIP) Project

The EIP Project works to improve outcomes and wellbeing for families with children 0-8 years by providing support for parenting, facilitating informal support groups and access to appropriate services in Parramatta and Holroyd local government areas. This project entails the following-

Support Groups: Provide social emotional support and coping mechanisms to those people who are undergoing a difficult time in their lives during settlement in Australia. Support groups reduce social isolation and create network opportunities for community members.

Support Playgroups: Are an effective means to empower families and help them make choices that positively influence their children’s development whilst also fostering the skills needed to effectively participate in and contribute to the development of their local community. Playgroups also have a positive effect on the health and vitality of communities across our local government areas.

Readiness to School Program: Is implemented to promote the development of skills which are optimal for children to possess before commencing school. The program creates a sense of belonging within the school community. It is aimed at achieving a smooth transition for all children from playgroup to primary school.

Antenatal Classes: Provide support to disadvantaged mothers from CALD backgrounds that have lived in Australia for less than two years.  This has been achieved simply by maintaining positive and effective communication channels between health providers and CALD women.

Positive Parenting Program (Triple P): Provides parents simple and practical strategies to help them confidently manage their children’s behaviour, prevent problems developing and build strong, healthy relationships. Triple P seminars, groups and individual sessions are available upon request.

Home Visits: Play a key role in providing effective parenting skills and improving child development. Better links with local services are established through referrals to other local services.

Paint Parra ReAd: Is a literacy program aimed at increasing literacy skills for children under 5 years of age. The aim of the program is to encourage parents to start reading, singing and writing with their children every day from birth.

Perinatal Forum for Service Providers: Focus is to identify needs and issues of mothers from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds who give birth in Australia. The forum explores various aspects of maternity and cross cultural perspectives of these women and their babies.

 

Multicultural Support Workers Project

The Multicultural Support Workers Project (MSWP) is funded by the Department of Family and Community services. The project has been in operation since 2007. This project is the only venture of CMRC that expands beyond local boundaries, targeting and responding to requests from across NSW. The 2015-16 was the first year of serving a variety of emerging multicultural communities. Initially, the project was exclusively targeting communities from the African continent. In 2015, the project was expanded to cover other emerging communities that are struggling with understanding and complying with the NSW Child Protection system and its requirements.

The Multicultural Support Workers Project builds positive relationships between Family and Community Services, NGO services and CALD communities in relation to child safety, neglect and other child protection matters.

We focus on recognising, utilising and building on existing parenting capacities and in that way, strengthening families. The main goal is establishing and monitoring of safe, secure and stable environments for children.

We also promote, encourage and support culturally competent family intervention by better equipping FACS Caseworkers and Non-Government Organisations with important cultural aspects and language support when interacting and working with CALD families that are facing significant child protection matters. This is done through the collaborative approach between the MSWP workers and FACS or/and NGO Case workers. Furthermore, where appropriate and required MSWP Worker may provide language support as well.

Areas of Work:
Assistance to the FACS and/or NGO Case workers
Assistance to the individual CALD family

Strategies to intervene early and prevent escalation of child protection issues:

  • Tailored community awareness & cultural awareness workshops
  • Accredited Triple P parenting programs providers and are available to deliver language and culture specific parenting programs. (fee for service applies)
  • Language spoken by the MSWP Team
    • Afghani; Dari & Farsi; Hazaragi; Pushtu
    • Amharic & Oromo; Dinka; Juba Arabic (Sudanese); Kinyarwanda; Kirundi & French; Krio & Sou Sou; Lingala & Swahili; Somalian
    • Afghani; Dari & Farsi; Hazaragi; Pushtu
    • Bengali; Bhutanese; Karen Nepali; Tamil; Thai
    • Bosnian, Croatian; Greek; Romanian; Russian; Serbian; Spanish
    • Chinese Cantonese & Mandarin
    • Fijian
    • Turkish

Our People

CEO

Melissa Monteiro, CEO

Leadership Team

Melissa Monteiro (CEO); Aurelia Rahman (Settlement Services Manager); Nexhmije Shala (Business Development Manager); Priscella Mabor (Manager Youth Transition Support Program); Margarita Videla (CALD Early Intervention & Perinatal Program Coordinator); Mira Mitrovic (Multicultural Support Workers Project Coordinator); Uma Menon (Partnerships & Community Engagement Coordinator); Geneve O’Connor (Beyond Diversity Program Manager); Dijana Mackic (Admin & Finance Manager)

 

Names of Board Members

Warren Schweitzer (Chairperson); Safar Sarmed (Deputy Chairperson); Jason Guest (Treasurer); Olayide Ogunsiji (Secretary); Nola Randall-Mohk (Staff Liaison Officer); Ajmer Singh; Augustine Okereafor; Billy Cotsis; Keith Hamilton; Ummaru Binneh Conteh

 

Registration Information

ABN

89 786 937 360

Tax Deductible

Yes

How to Help us

Wills and Bequests

Supporting refugee, migrant and vulnerable communities

CMRC provides a range of services for newly arrived refugees, migrants and asylum seeker families in Western and Northern Sydney. CMRC provides material and financial assistance, settlement information and referral, capacity building activities for individuals and families. Our vision is to achieve a society that values the diversity of its people and actively provides support to ensure meaningful social and economic participation and to assist individuals and families reach their potential.

In order to achieve and provide a sustained service delivery we are seeking donations to the following programs.

Where will your assistance go?

Refugee Households receive Food Hampers: In partnership with Life Links and Food Bank

Every week 45 disadvantaged households receive emergency food hampers that include fresh and tinned food, baby products and house hold goods.

Magic Carpet Project

The Magic Carpet Project provides social enterprise opportunities for talented refugee artisans working across Sydney. The refugee artisans are skilled in Traditional Afghan Kite Making, Henna Design, African Hair Braiding, and Madhubani art. They run workshops together or individually with a passion to share their skills and cultural background. The project also delivers workshops at local community events and festivals to promote social cohesion and intercommunity harmony, respect for others cultural practices, and promote pride for one’s community and cultural heritage. The team deliver workshops at a number of annual community events including the Orange Blossom Festival, Festival of the Winds, Parramasala, Harmony day expo, Refugee Week, and Creativity Unleashed. Sponsor the Magic Carpet Project to enable them to continue the great work they do.

New Frontiers

New Frontiers is a sports initiative for new arrivals. Vulnerable young males from refugee/asylum backgrounds (from countries including Afghanistan/Iran/Sri Lanka/Iraq and Syria) participate in this program. Many of these young males are looking for physical outlets whilst recovering from traumatized experiences following their escape from conflict and persecution. CMRC runs a number of sports programs – fitness/circuit training in the gym / Fair Go Futsal / South Asian Cup Football Tournament / Girls Volleyball / Swim For Life Program. New Frontiers! depends on a dedicated number of volunteer trainers and facilitators and coaches. All inspired to assist because of a shared passion for sports and fitness, and a shared sense of a growing need to engage with our young people in the gyms, soccer fields and swimming pools of Western Sydney.

Make and Bake

Make and Bake is a ground breaking cooking and small business training program for refugee women. Women from Afghanistan, Iran, Sri Lanka and Syria combine their traditional cooking skills with western culinary influences, and receive accredited vocational training certificates in small business. Some participants have arrived on Women at Risk visas and are bringing up children as single parents. Having the flexibility to learn and earn – cooking from home in-between parenting duties – has proven to be an invaluable opportunity for women who are still learning English but who are keen to build a new life for themselves and their children in Australia.

Financial Assistance

Disadvantaged families in financial difficulties are assisted with EAPA Vouchers. EAPA is a NSW Government Scheme which helps Individuals and Families having trouble paying their home electricity and/or gas bill because of a crisis or emergency situation. CMRC administers the EAPA vouchers to these families and Individuals who are in financial hardship. Arrangements with suppliers for payment by instalments can be made.

Find Your Voice

Find Your Voice is a program offering public speaking and confidence building training to refugee women and young people. Often when English is a second language and people find themselves marginalized from the mainstream community, rebuilding your core strength / identity and confidence is gained through standing tall, breathing and being able to speak in front of anybody and everybody. Women from South Sudan, Ghana and Burma share with the other women, the meaning behind their own names. By the close of the program, they are able to tell a story, read a speech and even debate an issue with a smile on their face. You can help these women today.

• Sponsor a public speaker

• Mentor a public speaker

• Invite a speaker to your workplace lunch or staff meeting or networking dinner

 Creativity Unleashed

Creativity Unleashed is a collective of raw but talented artists from a number of war torn countries including Afghanistan, Sri Lanka and Syria. Artists work across a number of creative practices including photography, textiles, screen print, illustration and filmmaking.

The Creativity Unleashed Expo held in June 2016 provided a showcase for the artists to explore their experiences and express themselves, with a wider audience who were looking to engage with communities often reduced to headlines in the media narrative.

There are a number of ways you can support – Creativity Unleashed

 

    • Sponsor an artist

 

    • Provide studio space for an artist

 

    • Sponsor an artist exhibition

 

    • Sponsor an artist business networking lunch

 

    • Donate art materials / digital cameras / film equipment

 

 

Work with us

Volunteer with us

CMRC welcomes volunteers. Volunteering is a time-honoured tradition in Australian society which helps build stronger, resilient and unified communities. Volunteers at CMRC play an integral role in supporting the delivery of invaluable services to the newly-arrived refugees and migrants in Western and Northern Sydney.

Our volunteers come from all walks of life and cultural backgrounds. Volunteering at CMRC assists many volunteers to learn new skills and gain work experience.

Feel free to call & speak to someone about becoming a CMRC volunteer on (02) 9687 9901 or email admin@cmrc.com.au to register your interest.

 

Our Annual Reports

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