International student who received help from Melbourne Sikh temple says it ‘changed my life’

Hoppers Crossing Sikh GurduaraRidden by financial hardship, Indian student Dhruv Dwivedi reached out to a gurdwara (Sikh temple) in Melbourne for help. Almost immediately, he says he received food, mentoring and immense love that has altered the course of his life.

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Covid -19 Public Webinar Series

University of Melbourne Logo small white logoThe University of Melbourne Department of Rural Health conducts the School of Rural Health in Shepparton. The Department of Rural Health is presenting a Public Webinar Series on the experience and response to Covid-19 in Regional and Rural Australia. There will be three online webinars, commencing Tuesday, June 2nd.

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National Reconciliation Week 2020

National Reconciliation Week - in this togetherNational Reconciliation Week 27 May – 3 June 2020 National Reconciliation Week is an annual celebration and is a time for all Australians to reflect on our shared histories. National Sorry Day is a nation-wide observance held on May 26 each year. Shepparton’s Sorry Day event – usually held in Monash Park – will be held online this year.

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Safer and Stronger Community Pilot Program Newsletter № 1

Ethnic Council of Shepparton and District LogoOur Safer and Stronger Community Pilot program staff have produced a newsletter with the aim of capturing the activity of the program, presenting opportunities for community engagement and looking forward to post Covid-19 situations.  The Safer and Stronger Community Pilot program is funded by the State Government to look at innovative ways to prevent domestic violence in immigrant and refugee communities.

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21 May: World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development

United Nations logoIn 2001, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) adopted the Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity and in December 2002, the United Nations General Assembly declared 21 May to be the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development.

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eFriend peer service

eFriend illustrationAs part of the Australian Government’s mental health response to COVID-19, Independent Community Living Australia has launched its new eFriend service for all Australians aged 18 and over. eFriend is a free, virtual peer support service that provides Australians with non-clinical, peer-based mental health support. eFriend connects people to a consistent, trained peer support worker via video call, borrowing from the ‘befriending’ model used in the UK to help combat loneliness.

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