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Women in Small Business Program

POSTED: 22nd June 2017

The Women in Small Business program is designed to provide business skills training and mentoring for culturally and linguistically Diverse (CALD) women to establish their own small business.

The Women in Small Business program was an amazing journey for a group of women who have ambition to run their own businesses.

The program was delivered over 13 sessions and including information needed to start-up a small business. It including marketing, social media, finances, networking, mentoring and also the opportunity to learn public speaking techniques.

MDSI is gearing up to run this wonderful program again and registrations are now open, so don’t miss the chance to get ready to launch your business next 2018.

Work station layout

Looking for office space in Campbelltown CBD?

POSTED: 29th May 2017

MDSI Shared Work Hub is currently co-located with various other community based organisations.

The synergy and the energy this creates mean we all work more productively with flexible work options.

Existing vacancies include offices with windows and open plan workstations.

For details of spaces and features available please call us on 4627 1188 or download the attached document.

Food Labels

Australia’s Food Labels Are Getting Clearer

POSTED: 29th May 2017

For many years, Australians have been demanding changes to origin claims on food labels – to be clearer, more meaningful, accurate and easier to find.

The Australian Government is introducing new food labels to make it clearer where the products you buy are grown, produced, made or packed.

Easy to understand labels will tell you at a glance where a product comes from, so you can make a clear and informed decision about the food you buy.

Most food produced, grown or made in Australia will have the kangaroo logo. Text and a bar chart will indicate the percentage of Australian ingredients.

Food that was packed in Australia will only feature a bar chart that shows the percentage of Australian ingredients. For imported foods, the label will clearly show the country of origin.

To see the new food labels, read the fact sheet or watch the animated information video, click the link below which will take you to information in a number of languages including; English, Arabic, Mandarin, Cantonese, Vietnamese, Korean, Greek, Italian, Spanish, Filipino, and Hindi.


SBS Arabic Radio Interview - International Day of Families

POSTED: 16th May 2017

Listen to Maram Ismail from SBS Arabic Radio interview Sana Al Ahmar regarding the International Day of Families

(This audio is copyright to SBS).

Program: SBS Arabic Radio Interviewer: Maram Ismail Interviewee: Sana Al Ahmar Duration: 8 min 22 sec

Casual Kulcha Program - Helping Young People Get Their First Casual Job

POSTED: 19th April 2017

Casual Kulcha is an interactive program developed for young people to increase the skills and knowledge needed to secure their first casual job.

The program is delievered over 8 sessions and includes the following topics:

  • Online job searching skills
  • Creating a resume that participants can take home on USB
  • Work place rights & responsibilities
  • Budgeting skills
  • Communication & interview skills
  • Local volunteering and work experience opportunities
  • Industry professional guest speakers
  • Ongoing case work support upon request!

For young people aged over 14 years from a multicultural background.

For further information or to register your interest in having this program facilitated at your school please contact Kim Postill, Youth & Family Caseworker - or Ivania Joya – Youth Settlement Worker –

Social support group

MDSI Aged Care - Social Support Group Update

POSTED: 17th March 2017

Celebrating Seniors Week and International Women’s Day with our Social Support groups.

The groups enjoyed the day with Brain Gym activities conducted by one of our qualified volunteers Wafaa.

The Multicultural Carers Social Support group had their first meeting for 2017 at Campbelltown Art Gallery Café on the 21st February. The meeting was a great success and it was nice to see everyone catching up, sharing their holiday experiences and planning the year ahead with new projects and activities.

Submitted by Michelle Arenas, Social Support Program Assistant


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Brain Gym activities
Campbelltown art gallery café meeting
Sbs spanish radio interview

SBS Spanish Radio Interview - Woman In Small Business

POSTED: 08th March 2017

Listen to Rocio Otoya from SBS Spanish Radio interview Jacqueline Lobo regarding MDSI's Women In Small Business Program.

(This audio is copyright to SBS.)

Program: SBS Spanish Radio Interviewer: Rocio Otoya Interviewee: Jacqueline Lobo Duration: 5 min 57 sec

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MDSI’s Women In Small Business Program

SBS Arabic Radio Interview - Woman In Small Business

POSTED: 07th March 2017

Listen to Manal Al-Ani from SBS Arabic Radio interview Sana Al Ahmar regarding MDSI’s Women In Small Business Program.

(This audio is copyright to SBS.)

Program: SBS Arabic Radio Interviewer: Manal Al-Ani Interviewee: Sana Al Ahmar Duration: 10 min 23 sec

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Hippy Claymore

HIPPY - Alive and Well in Campbelltown

POSTED: 28th February 2017

HIPPY is a two year home-based early learning and parenting program for families with young children who live in the Campbelltown area.

HIPPY Claymore is run by Macarthur Diversity Services Initiative (MDSI). HIPPY is funded by the Australian Government through the Department of Social Services. The Brotherhood of St Laurence holds the licence to operate HIPPY in Australia.

HIPPY is a free service providing mentors who visit parents/caregivers in their own home to practise the HIPPY activities. The parent and child will then spend 10 – 15 minutes each day doing the activities together.

The attached photo is Minas and Noah’s first session with their home tutor Leah. Minas found that through the HIPPY program she is encouraged to be more involved in Noah’s learning as well as child development. For Noah it is helping him to prepare for school, to build his self-esteem and confidence in a home learning environment. The added bonus for both of them is enjoying spending extra time together.

Enrolments are now being taken from families with preschool children aged 3 ½ to 5 from the Campbelltown LGA. If you would like to find out more about the HIPPY program please contact MDSI on 46271188.


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Hippy alive and well in Campbelltown
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"Australia seems like a paradise"

Macarthur’s One But Many

POSTED: 19th January 2017 SOURCE: Camden Narellan Advertiser 18th January 2017

"We celebrate how blessed we are to call Australia home and how blessed we are to be in this beautiful country" Mal Fruean

FOR some, Australia Day is nothing more than a public holiday highlighted by Triple J's hottest 100. But for others, January 26 means much more.

Macarthur is made up of people from a myriad of cultures. For Thirlmere's Flora Connellan, who moved to Australian from the_ Philip­pines in 1986, Australia Day was a chance for reflection.

''Australia Day means a lot to me" she said.

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Celebrating the contributions grandparents make to their families and communities

10:00am to 1:00pm
MDSI Activity Centre (Blue House),

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The Power of Positive Parenting Program

6:00pm to 8:00pm
Billabong Community Centre (Behind

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A six session parenting program for parents of children aged 5 -17

10:00am to 12:30pm
MDSI Activity Centre (Blue House),