Albury-Wodonga Ethnic Communities Council (AWECC) is an advocacy organisation and charity, representing local residents from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
We make multiculturalism work!
The first group of participants in the multicultural incubator leadership program completed their 10-week training and have now graduated. These photos document their journey. Participants are now working on community projects involving driver training and young women’s health and wellbeing.
These projects will be implemented over the next few months.
Multicultural Youth Council
The Multicultural Youth Council (MYC) is an advocacy and social group for young people from migrant and refugee backgrounds aged 14-25 years. The group provides skills and leadership opportunities, as well as social events and fun activities for young people. The aim of MYC is to connect young people to the wider community and ensure their voices and needs are heard.
Some of things you might get up to with MYC is planning and attending social events and festivals, organising excursions, playing sports, mentoring other young people, and being a voice to AWECC and local government.
To find out more, or get involved send us an email or join our facebook group.
Youth Internship Program (YIP)
AWECC awarded Sunil Bhattarai a sponsorship to attend The Mandala Project's 'Emerging Leader's Summit' in Bright, Victoria on May 3-6, 2018. Sunil is from Albury and is currently completing a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil Engineering) at the University of Wollongong.
As part of his learning experience, Sunil will also be completing an internship (volunteer) with AWECC during July 2018 where he will be working alongside our Multicultural Youth Council to plan and develop some exciting projects and events!
We welcome Sunil to the AWECC team!
Turning Point: Migrate Driver Program
The Turning Point: Migrant Driver Program aims to address a barrier to participation for local migrant and refugee communities by providing low cost professional driving instruction and free mentor driving companions to practice driving. The program is for residents from refugee and migrant backgrounds over 21 years of age who hold a learner drivers licence.
The program is co-delivered by Albury-Wodonga Ethnic Communities Council (lead agency), Junction Support Services, and Murray Valley Sanctuary Refugee Group. To find out if you are eligible For more information about the program please contact the project coordinator.
The Turning Point: Migrant Driver Program is partly funded by Wodonga Council and the Victorian Government.
Sharing the Learnings
The Sharing the Learnings program is a network designed to promote sharing and learning among recipient organisations of the Scanlon Foundation's Refuge of Hope grants program. The program involves network meetings and collaboration, forums on specific issues, and developing the capacity of services in providing settlement and integration programs for new and emerging communities.
The program also aims to highlight and support recipient organisations of the Scanlon Foundation / Border Trust's Refuge of Hope grants. The 2017 recipients were:
- Albury Wodonga Volunteer Resource Bureau's Albury Wodonga Cultural Exchange program.
- Gateway Health's Work Ready program.
- Murray Valley Sanctuary Refugee Group's Better Sharing of Settler Information Online program.
Sharing the Learnings is funded through the Refuge of Hope grants program by Scanlon Foundation, through Border Trust.
January 30, 2018 www.bordermail.com.au/story/5197563/solid-track-record-on-social-cohesion-but-a-way-still-to-go/
June 5, 2015 http://www.bordermail.com.au/story/3127209/575000-in-grants-celebrated/
Seniors LINK is an AWECC program to connect older residents (over 50 years of age) from refugee and migrant backgrounds, to with each other, and to the community. The group aims to reduce social isolation, loneliness or lack of connection that many older migrants may face. The program also aims to help participants overcome perceived or actual barriers, such as cultural and language differences, lack of transportation options, ageing and illness, and reduced mobility.
Participate in various activities, including art and craft, music programs, cultural events, excursions, yoga and exercise, and more! Transport and interpreters are available. The group meets monthly, and anyone from a migrant or refugee background aged 50 years and older is welcome to attend. Participation is by gold coin donation.
Ovens & Murray Multicultural Regional Area Partnership
The Oven's & Murray Multicultural Regional Area Partnership (OMMRAP) is a collaborative project, delivering targeted programs and service delivery in the North-East Victoria region.
The key priority areas of OMMRAP include: Women's leadership, domestic violence, youth engagement, community capacity building and leadership development, health, education, employment, and volunteering.
OMMRAP is being delivered by AWECC in the local government areas of Albury-Wodonga, Towong, and Indigo, and by North East Multicultural Association (NEMA) in the areas of Wangaratta, Benalla, and Alpine Shire. OMMRAP services are also delivered by our partner Gateway Health, and the project is supported by our local government partners, the Rural City of Wangaratta and City of Wodonga.
OMMRAP is funded by the Victorian Multicultural Affairs and Social Cohesion Division through the Capacity Building and Participation Grants Program.
Improving Access Through Multilingual Healthcare
The Improving Access Through Multilingual Healthcare project is a joint initiative of Albury-Wodonga Ethnic Communities Council (AWECC) and the Upper Hume Primary Care Partnership (UH-PCP). The project aims to help improve access and quality of healthcare for residents from refugee and migrant backgrounds in the local government areas of Albury, Wodonga, Indigo and Towong.
People from migrant and refugee background's can be at an increased risk of ill-health due to such factors as; lower health literacy, language barriers and difficulty navigating the healthcare system. This project will identify the multi-language competencies of local General Practitioner's (GP's), and will create and maintain a register of multilingual GP's servicing the Albury-Wodonga, Indigo and Towong areas. The project may in future expand its scope into other fields of healthcare and specialisation, such as Allied Health.
Multicultural Women's Circle
The Multicultural Women's Circle is a group of women and mothers from multicultural backgrounds in the Wodonga area who get together for fun, relaxation and friendship.
The group meets weekly for two hours during Victorian school terms.
Our gatherings alternate between stories and chats, as well as exploring education and employment pathways, discussing women’s health and well-being. It is also a chance to try new things, such as yoga, mindfulness, cooking and art, in a relaxed environment.
Participants choose what they would like to do at each session. It's your group! Transport is available for participants. Children are most welcome, and a child care worker will be at each session to keep them entertained with activities. Yummy morning tea and refreshments are also be provided.
This is a 'women-only' group for women and mothers of all ages from migrant and refugee backgrounds.
Gambling Harm Prevention
The main aims of this program are to:
- deliver 'gambling harm awareness' workshops to local CALD communities;
- train community gambling aware 'champions' to act as advocates within the community; and
- provide culturally appropriate and in-language resources.
We're looking for Gambling Awareness Champions!
AWECC is looking for women and men from Culturally & Linguistically Diverse (CALD) backgrounds to become community 'Champions', helping raise awareness of gambling harm in their families and communities. Our Champions will receive basic training about gambling related harm, how to identify problem gambling in their families and communities, and how to support people who may be experiencing problems associated to gambling.