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Community Migrant Resource Centre

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Name: Dijana Mackic

Position: Finance Manager

Email: admin@cmrc.com.au

Website: http://www.cmrc.com.au

Address

Level 4, 1 Horwood Place

Parramatta NSW 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

SETTLEMENT ENGAGEMENT AND TRANSITION SUPPORT PROGRAM

Operating under a Hubs service delivery model, the Settlement Services Project (SSP) is designed to respond to the needs of newly arrived migrants, refugees and humanitarian entrants experiencing difficulties in accessing mainstream services.

The hubs are designed to address the needs and issues of the specific categories they were established for, they are:

Women’s Hub
Youth Hub
Employment Hub
Casework and settlement information is given to newly arrived migrants, refugees and humanitarian entrants to assist them with transition into their new environment, 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 project endeavours to generate and build community leadership, enhance participation in all aspects of life in Australia and a shared community vision.

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 is committed to supporting members of the community who strive for inclusion and a sense of autonomy in designing their own destiny. Young people from refugee backgrounds arrive into a competitive landscape where access to education, training and customized support is a key determinant to securing sustainable employment. More thoughtful responses are needed to reduce the cycle of disadvantage for these young people recovering from the ultimate life disruption: forced displacement from conflict.

Researching and trialling interventions to support youth on their education and employment journeys
Co-designing and collaborating with youth on innovative bespoke approaches to navigating diversity in the youth sector
Ensuring access to education & work is a right afforded to every young person, regardless of their financial circumstances, gender or culture
Recognizing that the skill sets and capacities of young people from diverse backgrounds contribute to a robust and fertile learning and workplace environment
Building an evidence base to support substantive investment on youth programs which provide reach and impact
Providing sector development & training
YTSP is funded by The Department of Home Affairs, and is delivered nationally in consortia with five sister organizations

In NSW, our key service delivery partners are ADSi and SYDWEST.

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 CALD Early Intervention and Perinatal Program (EIPP) services aims to provide children from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Communities with the best start in life. Funded by NSW Department of Community and Justice (DCJ), the program provides services to expecting parents and families with children aged up to 8 years old. The Program follows an evidence-based, strength-based and child-centred approach. The CALD Early intervention and Perinatal Program services is a preventive service for CALD families that support vulnerable children, their families and their communities, within Parramatta and Cumberland Local Government Areas.

EIPP team worked towards aligning its services with District priorities especially Children 0 – 3 years old, Young Parents (under 20 years) including the local priorities like Family and Domestic Violence, Parents as Carers, and CALD communities. Our work focused on families living in vulnerable areas including Merrylands, Granville, Berala, Guilford and Westmead while being mindful of existing ongoing EIPP services in these areas.
In order to achieve these outcomes the Early Intervention and Perinatal Program delivers a range of tailored and inclusive activities to provide better outcomes for children and their families.

Parenting programs
Triple P Level 4 Program aims to promote children’s development and help parents manage children’s behaviour in a constructive way. This program enhances the development of healthy and positive parent–child interactions. This is especially beneficial when parents are facing challenges that may compromise their parenting capacity.

Home visits
EIPP Home visits provide one to one support to parents with children from 0 -2 years of age. CMRC EIPP receives referrals mainly from Westmead Hospital Midwifes, Social Workers, Community Health Services, Family Referral Services as well as other services. Through these visits initial referrals are made to programs and other services including Mothers of Many Societies, domestic violence and disability support. After the initial referrals EIPP continues to support these families through the regular supported playgroups in their area.

Supported playgroup
Supported Playgroups aim to enrich children’s early learning and development and also support the wellbeing of parents as well as building their capacity. CMRC run Supported Playgroups in different locations across Cumberland and Parramatta LGAs. They are run on public schools’ grounds, community centres, community health centres which provide a safe environment and soft entry to engage with parents from CALD backgrounds.

Transition to school
The Transition to School program helps prepare children for different school activities and routine at the school. These sessions have a holistic and inclusive approach. Parents also become aware of the education system in Australia including right and responsibilities. Families are informed on how they can receive support during this transition and build a stronger relationship with their child’s future school.

Readiness to school program
Readiness to School Program aims to ensure that the child is ready and able to cope with the transition into primary school. The program runs a series of activities that help children become familiar with the school environment and adjust easily into the school routine.

Mothers of many societies support group
This is an ongoing partnership program with Westmead Hospital Women’s Health Clinic and targets new mothers from CALD backgrounds. The focus of the program is building skills and confidence of new mothers to care for their new born child. The main outcome for the women attending this support group is breaking isolation and developing social network with other women going through the same experience.

Paint parramatta read – annual reading day
The Paint Parra Read program promotes early literacy and educates families about the importance of reading, talking, singing and rhyming from an early age. With this aim the EIPP team delivers reading activities in different languages for its groups throughout the year.

CMRC in Partnership with City of Parramatta Library have been working in collaboration from 2010 on the Paint Parra Read Program. The Annual Reading Day is held every year in September.

Holroyd school
In late 2018, CMRC in partnership with Holroyd School Especial Needs established a Community Hub within school premises to enhance access to services to the school community. From February 2019, CMRC started weekly outreach and initiated a Mother’s Support corner at the Hub. Regular activities are organised to support the well-being of families in collaboration with various agencies, e.g. Uniting NDIS, Centrelink, Family Planning NSW, etc.

Young mums activities
The work is done through partnerships with other services to provide a more holistic approach to service young vulnerable women and their babies. This activity aims to provide educational and social support to improve the wellbeing of the children as well as young mothers.

Partnerships
The CMRC EIPP Workers actively participate and contribute to innovative initiatives and recognises the strategic partnerships with key service providers as the key to successful delivery of its projects and positive outcomes for participating families. The contributions from our partners and the continuing support are crucial for the wellbeing of the children from CALD families in Parramatta and Cumberland local Government Areas..

Multicultural Support Workers Project

The Multicultural Support Workers Program (MSWP) builds positive relationships between Department of Communities and Justice (DCJ) and Culturally & Linguistically Diverse communities (CALD) within NSW.
MSWP is funded by DCJ to support Caseworkers in their work with vulnerable CALD, migrant and refugee families to achieve strength based best practice outcomes for Children and Young People.
“We build relationships that are focused on children to give dignity and form partnerships with parents, families & communities whilst using collective wisdom, skills and resilience to keep children safe”

Services that we provide:
The Multicultural Support Workers Program promote culturally competent family intervention by better equipping DCJ Caseworkers with cultural information and language support whilst working with CALD families in NSW. Our Multidimensional team of over 45 session support workers from various Cultural & Linguistically diverse backgrounds are a wealth of knowledge when it comes to the cultures, traditions and life lived from all over the world. They also speak over 60 different dialects and languages
Cultural support to communities
The Multicultural Support Workers Program provide tailored information sessions about Department of Communities and Justice, The Child Protection Laws in NSW, E-Safety, D.V., Parenting and various other topics by using a community development approach and engaging with CALD communities by providing them information that is relevant to their communities and engaging in community learning circles to empower communities to thrive in NSW.
Specialist multicultural support workers
All Multicultural Support Workers are trained in navigating DCJ Child Protection Services, Refugee Trauma and vulnerable families in crisis. We endeavor to keep enhancing their skills by providing them ongoing training.
Cultural support for caseworkers:
• Home Visits Support
• Case Planning support
• Cultural Care Plans
• Case Conferences
• Case Consultation
• Tele Conferences
• Culturally appropriate Referrals Culturally appropriate Referrals • Cultural Support in navigating families through the Child protection system and partnering with DCJ services in Casework

Our People

CEO

Melissa Monteiro, CEO

Leadership Team

Melissa Monteiro (CEO); Aurelia Rahman (Stakeholder Engagement Manager); Priscella Mabor (Inclusion Strategy Innovations Manager); Adrine Santos (Business Development Manager); Jayshree Pather (Office Manager); Dijana Mackic (Finance Manager)

Names of Board Members

Thevan Krishna (Chairperson); Reena Jethi (Deputy Chairperson); Umaru Binneh Conteh (Treasurer); Cornelia Ramsay (Assistant Treasurer); Nola M Randall (Secretary); Kim Roots; Keith Hamilton; Olayide Ogunsiji; Warren Schweitzer

Number of Employees

40

Number of Volunteers

30

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

SETTLEMENT ENGAGEMENT AND TRANSITION SUPPORT PROGRAM

Operating under a Hubs service delivery model, the Settlement Services Project (SSP) is designed to respond to the needs of newly arrived migrants, refugees and humanitarian entrants experiencing difficulties in accessing mainstream services.

The hubs are designed to address the needs and issues of the specific categories they were established for, they are:

Women’s Hub
Youth Hub
Employment Hub
Casework and settlement information is given to newly arrived migrants, refugees and humanitarian entrants to assist them with transition into their new environment, 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 project endeavours to generate and build community leadership, enhance participation in all aspects of life in Australia and a shared community vision.

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 is committed to supporting members of the community who strive for inclusion and a sense of autonomy in designing their own destiny. Young people from refugee backgrounds arrive into a competitive landscape where access to education, training and customized support is a key determinant to securing sustainable employment. More thoughtful responses are needed to reduce the cycle of disadvantage for these young people recovering from the ultimate life disruption: forced displacement from conflict.

Researching and trialling interventions to support youth on their education and employment journeys
Co-designing and collaborating with youth on innovative bespoke approaches to navigating diversity in the youth sector
Ensuring access to education & work is a right afforded to every young person, regardless of their financial circumstances, gender or culture
Recognizing that the skill sets and capacities of young people from diverse backgrounds contribute to a robust and fertile learning and workplace environment
Building an evidence base to support substantive investment on youth programs which provide reach and impact
Providing sector development & training
YTSP is funded by The Department of Home Affairs, and is delivered nationally in consortia with five sister organizations

In NSW, our key service delivery partners are ADSi and SYDWEST.

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 CALD Early Intervention and Perinatal Program (EIPP) services aims to provide children from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Communities with the best start in life. Funded by NSW Department of Community and Justice (DCJ), the program provides services to expecting parents and families with children aged up to 8 years old. The Program follows an evidence-based, strength-based and child-centred approach. The CALD Early intervention and Perinatal Program services is a preventive service for CALD families that support vulnerable children, their families and their communities, within Parramatta and Cumberland Local Government Areas.

EIPP team worked towards aligning its services with District priorities especially Children 0 – 3 years old, Young Parents (under 20 years) including the local priorities like Family and Domestic Violence, Parents as Carers, and CALD communities. Our work focused on families living in vulnerable areas including Merrylands, Granville, Berala, Guilford and Westmead while being mindful of existing ongoing EIPP services in these areas.
In order to achieve these outcomes the Early Intervention and Perinatal Program delivers a range of tailored and inclusive activities to provide better outcomes for children and their families.

Parenting programs
Triple P Level 4 Program aims to promote children’s development and help parents manage children’s behaviour in a constructive way. This program enhances the development of healthy and positive parent–child interactions. This is especially beneficial when parents are facing challenges that may compromise their parenting capacity.

Home visits
EIPP Home visits provide one to one support to parents with children from 0 -2 years of age. CMRC EIPP receives referrals mainly from Westmead Hospital Midwifes, Social Workers, Community Health Services, Family Referral Services as well as other services. Through these visits initial referrals are made to programs and other services including Mothers of Many Societies, domestic violence and disability support. After the initial referrals EIPP continues to support these families through the regular supported playgroups in their area.

Supported playgroup
Supported Playgroups aim to enrich children’s early learning and development and also support the wellbeing of parents as well as building their capacity. CMRC run Supported Playgroups in different locations across Cumberland and Parramatta LGAs. They are run on public schools’ grounds, community centres, community health centres which provide a safe environment and soft entry to engage with parents from CALD backgrounds.

Transition to school
The Transition to School program helps prepare children for different school activities and routine at the school. These sessions have a holistic and inclusive approach. Parents also become aware of the education system in Australia including right and responsibilities. Families are informed on how they can receive support during this transition and build a stronger relationship with their child’s future school.

Readiness to school program
Readiness to School Program aims to ensure that the child is ready and able to cope with the transition into primary school. The program runs a series of activities that help children become familiar with the school environment and adjust easily into the school routine.

Mothers of many societies support group
This is an ongoing partnership program with Westmead Hospital Women’s Health Clinic and targets new mothers from CALD backgrounds. The focus of the program is building skills and confidence of new mothers to care for their new born child. The main outcome for the women attending this support group is breaking isolation and developing social network with other women going through the same experience.

Paint parramatta read – annual reading day
The Paint Parra Read program promotes early literacy and educates families about the importance of reading, talking, singing and rhyming from an early age. With this aim the EIPP team delivers reading activities in different languages for its groups throughout the year.

CMRC in Partnership with City of Parramatta Library have been working in collaboration from 2010 on the Paint Parra Read Program. The Annual Reading Day is held every year in September.

Holroyd school
In late 2018, CMRC in partnership with Holroyd School Especial Needs established a Community Hub within school premises to enhance access to services to the school community. From February 2019, CMRC started weekly outreach and initiated a Mother’s Support corner at the Hub. Regular activities are organised to support the well-being of families in collaboration with various agencies, e.g. Uniting NDIS, Centrelink, Family Planning NSW, etc.

Young mums activities
The work is done through partnerships with other services to provide a more holistic approach to service young vulnerable women and their babies. This activity aims to provide educational and social support to improve the wellbeing of the children as well as young mothers.

Partnerships
The CMRC EIPP Workers actively participate and contribute to innovative initiatives and recognises the strategic partnerships with key service providers as the key to successful delivery of its projects and positive outcomes for participating families. The contributions from our partners and the continuing support are crucial for the wellbeing of the children from CALD families in Parramatta and Cumberland local Government Areas..

Multicultural Support Workers Project

The Multicultural Support Workers Program (MSWP) builds positive relationships between Department of Communities and Justice (DCJ) and Culturally & Linguistically Diverse communities (CALD) within NSW.
MSWP is funded by DCJ to support Caseworkers in their work with vulnerable CALD, migrant and refugee families to achieve strength based best practice outcomes for Children and Young People.
“We build relationships that are focused on children to give dignity and form partnerships with parents, families & communities whilst using collective wisdom, skills and resilience to keep children safe”

Services that we provide:
The Multicultural Support Workers Program promote culturally competent family intervention by better equipping DCJ Caseworkers with cultural information and language support whilst working with CALD families in NSW. Our Multidimensional team of over 45 session support workers from various Cultural & Linguistically diverse backgrounds are a wealth of knowledge when it comes to the cultures, traditions and life lived from all over the world. They also speak over 60 different dialects and languages
Cultural support to communities
The Multicultural Support Workers Program provide tailored information sessions about Department of Communities and Justice, The Child Protection Laws in NSW, E-Safety, D.V., Parenting and various other topics by using a community development approach and engaging with CALD communities by providing them information that is relevant to their communities and engaging in community learning circles to empower communities to thrive in NSW.
Specialist multicultural support workers
All Multicultural Support Workers are trained in navigating DCJ Child Protection Services, Refugee Trauma and vulnerable families in crisis. We endeavor to keep enhancing their skills by providing them ongoing training.
Cultural support for caseworkers:
• Home Visits Support
• Case Planning support
• Cultural Care Plans
• Case Conferences
• Case Consultation
• Tele Conferences
• Culturally appropriate Referrals Culturally appropriate Referrals • Cultural Support in navigating families through the Child protection system and partnering with DCJ services in Casework

Our People

CEO

Melissa Monteiro, CEO

Leadership Team

Melissa Monteiro (CEO); Aurelia Rahman (Stakeholder Engagement Manager); Priscella Mabor (Inclusion Strategy Innovations Manager); Adrine Santos (Business Development Manager); Jayshree Pather (Office Manager); Dijana Mackic (Finance Manager)

Names of Board Members

Thevan Krishna (Chairperson); Reena Jethi (Deputy Chairperson); Umaru Binneh Conteh (Treasurer); Cornelia Ramsay (Assistant Treasurer); Nola M Randall (Secretary); Kim Roots; Keith Hamilton; Olayide Ogunsiji; Warren Schweitzer

Number of Employees

40

Number of Volunteers

30

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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