Community Connection is Stronger than ever

CORE Community Services and Western Sydney MRC have been continuing to deliver on a promise they made to communities over 40 years ago. Both organisations are renowned in the community for offering a variety of services and supports to migrant and refugees in the Liverpool and Fairfield LGAs.

Since late March, when COVID-19 restrictions and impacts were just beginning to be felt, both organisations have had to review the way they connect and deliver their services.

In late July 2020, Western Sydney MRC and CORE Community Services partnered to hold their most attended Community* webinar to date attended by the CEO of Multicultural NSW Joseph La Posta. Alongside Joseph La Posta, MP Melanie Gibbons, Member for Holsworthy and Guy Zangari, Member for Fairfield). The online community forum proved yet again that opportunities to facilitate dialogue and information exchange between Government, community and grassroots organisations is a successful undertaking and valued greatly by all.  

Many of the Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) Community leaders provided very clear feedback on the impacts of COVID-19 They highlighted the role they play and the task at hand within their communities. Community leaders and key members, alongside organisations, have filled critical roles in health messaging, updates and importantly community connection.

“We are reaching out and broadcasting twice a day to get the information out to our community. Meaning we have been receiving the information each day and each night, translate in Khmer and broadcast in morning and evening during the first wave.’’
Srey Kang from the Kymer Association.

“I look at COVID as a reminder of where our society is… it goes to underline that we are on the front line… marginalised communities are disproportionately exposed… in my community there are lots of students and I know the jobs they do. We have made it a point of duty to speak to every member of our community every fortnight.’’
 Silas Monieke, IGBO Community.

Emerging themes

Several key themes emerged from the community leaders. A request for Government to match its COVID-19 response with initiatives that specifically meets the needs of many CALD communities including:

  • training, financial support and tools
  • individual literacy
  • isolation in practice
  • digital and online access

More importantly, improvement in the coordination of information, ensuring it is both timely and accurate, alongside reaching those most isolated. Community led video messaging was suggested leveraging the trusted relationships that already exists.

Key take outs and insights from the forum can be found here.

*Seventy-seven (77) registrants included the following community representatives: Lebanese, African, Mandaean, Sabien Mandaean, Sudanese, Assyrian and Iraqi.

For more information on Western Sydney MRC or CORE Community Services, visit wsmrc.org.au or corecs.org.au or contact nadia@wsmrc.org.au or msaliba@coresc.org.au

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Breathless Web Series – #NoMoreButts

Breathless Web Series

A stylised web series based on common themes explored through community consultations

Jamal is worried about his younger brother Adel. Adel is a smoker who ignores Jamal’s efforts to get him to attend social support group sessions to quit smoking. Finally, Jamal hands Adel a pamphlet that explains in Arabic the impact of smoking and how to get help to kick the habit.

Kenny’s grandmother has lung cancer, but she has never smoked. Kenny learns that passive smoking by breathing in second-hand smoke from smokers can seriously affect family members or those nearby. He takes steps to quit smoking.

Tam says she is not really a smoker because she only smokes when she is stressed out or nervous. A counsellor tells Tam there is no such thing as ‘safe smoking’ and that smoking during pregnancy can affect the health of a baby. Tam explores her options for quitting.

Breathless Web Series

A stylised web series based on common themes explored through community consultations

No More Butts

Click here to find out more abou the No More Butts Campaign
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Early Learners Resource Pack

As news develops around COVID-19, we are still open! However in preparation for families who are concerned we have you sorted!

Our team have created a CORE Community Services Preschool families with a resource pack.

We have included a number of items to encourage problem solving and parent participation. Our team will also be there to assist and support you, do not hesitate to contact us or pop by, we are still open!

To download please click here

Useful Resources:

https://www.abc.net.au/kidslisten/ideas/
https://stories.audible.com/start-listen
https://www.youtube.com/user/StorylineOnline/videos

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Tips to keep safe this Christmas

Happy Holidays! Be sure to keep safe this season!

Some tips if you are traveling this holiday season
1. Keep all doors and windows locked! 🏡
2. Have a family member or friend attend to your house to keep your home looking occupied and collect mail. 📬
3. Turn off your main water supply. Leaks happen. 🚿
4. Unplug all electronics. Yep, even if they’re not on, your electronics are energy vampires. 💡
5. Don’t leave a hide-a-key.🔑
6. If you are gone for a while, have someone mow the lawn/shovel the driveway
7. Don’t leave spare keys out (This counts for car keys)
8. Keep your social media limited to your “holiday posts”, burglars are now using social media to identify those who are on holiday and target them. (Your geotagging at home snaps will enable them to locate you at your residence)

We hope you stay safe and have a lot of laughter and love this holiday season!

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Honouring and celebrating, a place for all.

CORE Community Services has celebrated their 40 years of serving the communities of South West Sydney with an unforgettable evening on 1st November 2019.

The evening’s theme “A place for all” showcased client stories and performances along with art works from the various groups run by CORE. Benjamin Law was a fabulous Master of Ceremonies and keynote speaker, Professor Kevin Dunn spoke with great passion on multiculturalism, immigration and settlement and the issues facing new entrants to Australian society.

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home care package - sam and youngAged & Disability

What is a home care package?

A home care package is a coordinated package of care and services to help you to live independently in your own home for as long as you can. Some people receive services through the Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP) and are then assessed for a home care package. Others will start with a home care package.

home care package - sam and young
home care package Mr. Young & Sam

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