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.
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
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 - firstname.lastname@example.org or Ivania Joya – Youth Settlement Worker – email@example.com
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
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
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
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.
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.
POSTED: 13th December 2016
MDSI is very interested in the Homeshare program and the possibility of implementing it in the Macarthur area. To assist us gauge interest we would appreciate you completing an anonymous survey.
Homeshare is an innovative program that brings together older householders, or householders with a disability, who could benefit from help in the home and companionship with people of integrity prepared to lend a hand in return for affordable accommodation. The Householder provides a bedroom and shared facilities. In exchange, the Homesharer provides approximately 10 hours per week of practical assistance such as cooking, cleaning, shopping and gardening, as well as providing company and the added security of having someone else sleeping in the home.
Some of the benefits of Homeshare include:
- Homeshare assists young people find affordable housing while helping older people remain at home rather than in an aged care facility;
- It is care and help that is match based on needs, preferences and personalities of the Householder and Homesharer;
- It helps keep older people connected to their community, including local neighbours, services, religious and social networks.
MDSI is very interested in the Homeshare program and the possibility of implementing it in the Macarthur area. To assist us gauge interest we would appreciate you completing an anonymous survey which can be found via the link below. Thank you.
Please visit www.homeshare.org.au for more information on Homeshare
POSTED: 01st December 2016
On Tuesday 15 November 2016, five refugee families attended a dinner hosted by The Social Justice class from St Patrick College in Campbelltown.
Eighteen children attended the dinner with their parents and later told us they had a great time. The families had a great time chatting to the students, teachers and the principal of the school. There was a discussion about enrolling at the school and whether there were any issue with wearing the Hijab. The principle’s told them that the scarf is part of the school uniform and the girls can wear it. The kids also played a game of soccer and basketball.
The school provided multicultural food for the families while the families brought dessert. School staff, students and families sat together during dinner and shared stories and experiences off their journeys to Australia and their lives now.
Young people from the school and visitors had a conversation about HSC studies. The school would love to continue the relationship with MDSI and the families. After dinner the students distributed beautiful bags with Australian motives filled with yummy things. Photos were taken and goodbyes said with everyone happy with the outcomes.
Submitted by Sana Al-Ahmar, Generalist Settlement Case Worker and Fatin Al Rawi, Family Settlement Worker.