Faith Leaders Forum on Gambling Harm

The cultural diversity of Fairfield was at its best last Wednesday 19 May where local agencies hosted a Faith Leaders Forum on Gambling Harm in Fairfield. The forum was a NSW first, where over 18 religious leaders and representatives came together to learn about the devastating impacts gambling has in the wider community.
There were representatives from the: Christian faith including Assyrian, Chaldean, Antiochian Orthodox, Coptic Orthodox and Agape International Church Inc; Alvi faith; Buddhist faith from the Cambodian and Lao communities; Islamic faith from the Turkish community; and the Sabean-Mandaean faith.
“Cultural diversity is more than our different food, it is having faith leaders come together to learn and discuss issues facing our whole community such as gambling harm” Rev. Tim Costello, Chief Advocate for Alliance for Gambling Reform during his talk as guest speaker at the forum said.
“As service providers we understand that faith leaders are highly respected and influential to their community members… the event aimed to support religious leaders in understanding the impact of gambling on individuals and the community, as well as share information on local support available for community members impacted. The event also provided opportunity for discussion and questions and explore ways to work together” Marie Saliba, Stakeholder Engagement Manager at CORE Community Services said.
Religious leaders heard from expert counsellors who work with multicultural communities about the support services available, as well as lived experience stories from people impacted by gambling harm. One lived experience speaker from refugee background mentioned “when I arrived in Sydney the first place my brother took me was Fairfield RSL, after my first win, I thought Australia was a great place, you didn’t need to work hard to make money”. His story only went downhill from there, suffering marriage breakdown and becoming estranged from his children. But it was also a story of hope as he stood in front of the room willing to share his story of recovery from the assistance of counselling services, and share his journey with the local community.
‘’This story is unfortunately not uncommon – one of the challenges that the community face, as well as new migrants and refugees is not understanding that the government allows an activity that can be so harmful to be so accessible in our local pubs and hotels, and how highly addictive
poker machines are,” Kate De Costa, NSW Campaigner for the Alliance for Gambling Reform said.
Figures from NSW Liquor and Gaming for July-December 2020 show that about 1.57 million is lost per day in the Fairfield Local Government Area to its 3,861 poker machines. Across NSW this is $20.4 million lost to poker machines per day.
One faith leader who attended was Rev. Fr Younan Dawood from the Holy Apostolic Catholic Assyrian Church of the East. “…the Gambling Forum was highly informative and productive, and I will be sharing this information with other religious leaders and the community…the lived experience stories allowed me to connect to the forum on another level and also motivated me in creating change,” he said.
The event was a collaboration between CORE Community Services, Alliance for Gambling Reform, Assyrian Resource Centre, Multicultural Problem Gambling Service for NSW, NSW Department of Communities and Justice, and NSW Police, Oakdene House Foundation and Fairfield City Council.
This event is one of many events to further raise awareness of the impact of gambling harm and how organisations can play their part to bring change to the issue.

For Gambling Harm support please contact:
Gambling Helpline on 1800 858 858 for free and confidential support 24/7

Multicultural Problem Gambling Service for NSW for accessible counselling, treatment and support services to culturally and linguistically diverse communities. For referral and enquiries please call 1800 856 800 (business hours) or 1800 858 858 (after hours)

The Gambling Harm Working Party comprises of representatives from CORE Community Services, Alliance for Gambling Reform, Assyrian Resource Centre, Multicultural Problem Gambling Service for NSW, NSW Department of Communities and Justice, NSW Police and Fairfield City Council to initiate and action ways to minimise gambling harm within Fairfield.


Taking Care of Yourself While Caring for Others

Carer's Respite

Carers play a huge role in providing daily care for their loved one.

Many of us will end up becoming a caregiver at some point in our lives. The stress and strain of caregiving can take a toll on your health. It’s important to find ways to care for your health while caring for others. Depending on your circumstances, some self-care strategies may be more difficult to carry out than others. Choose ones that work for you.



Routines are a great starting point in instilling for young children.  

Some benefits of routines: 

  • Provides children with a plan 
  • Time and place for experiences 
  • Active citizen of the community I.e. respect and morals 
  • Responsibilities I.e. pack away and cleaning after play and belongings 
  • Actively prepares children for school. 
  • Hygiene practices I.e. hand washing, nose blowing etc.  
  • Recycling and gardening 
  • Prepares for childhood – adulthood. Even as adults we have routines to make our life simpler 

At CORE Community Services Preschool we have daily routines, we adopt these in our learning to prepare our children to be “big school” ready by the time they are finished with Preschool. This is a continual practice that starts from day 1 with our Preschool. 

Did you know that a sleep routine helps strengthens your child’s immunity, brain development (cognitive and motor skills) also improvement of moods? (Raising children, 2018)  


International Womens DayAged & Disability

Women In Leadership

1st March 2021

Throughout the years, there has been progression on diversity and inclusion in the workplace and an increased awareness that gender-biases still exist. Many women have had to work hard to simply be recognised for their skills and talents in their chosen field. CORE Community Services acknowledges the importance of International Women’s Day and celebrates the achievements of all women.


Respite Care

What is respite care?

Respite care provides short-term relief for primary caregivers. It can be arranged for just an afternoon or for several days or weeks. Care can be provided at home, in a healthcare facility, or at an adult day center

What can CORE Community Services do for me, as a primary caregiver?

We can discuss with your options with you. Understand your circumstances and work with your budget. Under the government’s CHSP and My Aged Care Home Care Packages, we are able to deliver respite as part of these programs. Whether you would like a few hours a week to get your personal errands done, or need to recharge, we can assist with your needs.

We understand that respite may be difficult for both the recipient of care and/or care giver, we have an open discussion with you about the options available to you and our clients to allow flexibility.

How do I access Respite Care?

Contact us on (02) 8717 1500 or email


New year brings new challenges and achievements

Happy new year everyone! We at CORE Community Services we would like to extend our warm wishes to everyone in the new year, we need to stay protected and keep our communities safe!

We’re back to business as usual for a majority of our services (with the exception of CORE Community Service Preschool

With direction from NSW Government from 3rd January 2020 masks are now mandatory in Greater Sydney, this is to minimise community transmissions and to keep each other safe.

For more information regarding COVID safety in NSW please visit


Happy Holidays

The holidays are a time of joy and family celebrations. At this point in time, the world is undergoing a bizarre period where we need to change the way we ‘normally’ do things.

With the Sydney outbreak, we are doing what is required to keep our communities safe. Following NSW Health protocols and wearing masks where necessary.

We appreciate our community for their ongoing support. We know it’s been a hard year for everyone.

Wishing and your families a happy holiday season and we will see you in the new year!

Some of our services will be closed during this holiday season,

Aged & Disability Care Services
Closed from 25th December 2020 returning on 4th January 2021

Children’s Services

Closed from 21st December 2020 returning 18th January 2021

Multicultural Communities

Closed from 25th December 2020 returning on 4th January 2021


Volunteer Recognition Day

CORE Community Services was founded in 1978 when Ulla Bartels, a volunteer with the Fairfield Neighbourhood Centre, started running English classes in Cabramatta for refugees from Indo-China. Soon the needs of the community surpassed her capacity and assistance was received from the Carramar Activity Group. In 1979, a group of volunteers formed a management committee and developed a constitution so they could apply for government funds. The group called itself the South-East Asian Community Assistance Centre (SEACA).

For us volunteers play a significant role in our organisation and community. We recognise our volunteers who have contributed during this time to support the community we serve. Thank you for providing ongoing support and believing in our cause.

The opportunities are endless when you begin volunteering with CORE Community Services


Fairfield Says No to Domestic Violence

The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence is an annual international campaign that kicks off on 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and runs until 10 December, Human Rights Day. This is a call for the prevention and elimination of violence against women and girls. This year’s theme is “Orange the world – Fund, Respond, Prevent, Collect.” Highlighting the need to unite to advocate for change.

CORE Community Services has been providing domestic violence service since 1996 – an essential service to Fairfield local government area. Within the last year, CORE Community Services has seen the number of clients accessing its service increase to over 250 victims. In the last 12 months, the number of domestic violence reported incidences across NSW is a staggering 31 692. (BOSCAR NSW 2020).
The alarming figure indicates there is strong association between domestic violence and the pandemic. “We can’t solve this issue alone. We need businesses, community services and individuals to change the conversation that allows violence to go unchallenged.” Juana Reinoso, CEO, CORE Community Services stated.

Working within Fairfield LGA for over 40 years, CORE Community Services has built strong links to try and overcome the barriers victims face, but know there is a lot more work to do.
In addition to providing essential services to the community, CORE Community Services as part of the South West Sydney Domestic Violence Committee (SWSDVC) will host a virtual conference. This year the topics are focused on “Coming Back Stronger”, with headlining keynote speaker, Dr. Allan Wade, (Canada) and a panel of amazing speakers.

Domestic & Family Violence Conference: Coming Back Stronger (Online)

For more information about the UN’s 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence

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BOSCAR NSW, Domestic violence statistics for NSW

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