Intercultural Young Advocacy Leadership (IYAL) Group

Intercultural Young Advocacy Leadership Group


The Ethnic Community Council of Victoria Intercultural Young Advocacy Leaders (IYAL) program is a pathway for young people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds to develop advocacy, governance and leadership experience. ECCV are currently recruiting young leaders for the program. Applications close 19 April 2021.

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Bridging the Migrant Health Gap

Wise Well WomenA female-led community health education program kicked off at St Paul’s Lutheran Church on Thursday 8 April, in a bid to improve health literacy among Shepparton’s diverse communities. Wise Well Women, a joint program convened by Lorna Gillespie and Christine Nunn, will assist 12 refugee and migrant women to provide a bridge between the health system and their respective communities.

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Free English language classes for migrants

Free English language classes for migrants

The Adult Migrant English Program currently provides up to 510 hours of free English tutoring combined with Australian culture and customs lessons.

Students need to register with an adult learning provider within six months of their arrival in Australia.

From 19 April 2021, more migrants will be able to access unlimited hours of free English tuition without timeframe restrictions.

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Indigenous Voice Consultations – Shepparton

Indigenous Voice Consultations - Shepparton

The proposals for an Indigenous Voice would provide a way for Indigenous Australians to provide advice and input on matters that are important to improve their lives.

It could be made up of two parts – Local and Regional Voices and a National Voice.

Indigenous voice consultations will be held in Shepparton at 12:00 and 5pm on Wednesday 7 April at the Department of Rural Health, Graham Street, Shepparton.

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Changes to AMEP: Access to English Tuition

Changes to AMEP:  Access to English TuitionEnglish proficiency plays a central role in determining the successful integration of migrants into Australian society and is a key factor associated with education and employment outcomes. By providing measures for supporting migrants with low English proficiency to learn the national language, this action will facilitate social cohesion and national unity. The AMEP program will be changed and expanded access to the program will commence on April 19, 2021.

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Melbourne City FC backs Shepparton multicultural soccer group

Soccer

When Mezhgan Alizadah and her friends began organising casual games of soccer at Shepparton’s Ducat Reserve last November, they had to use makeshift goals from plastic water bottles.

Four months later, the now 30 person-strong group of multicultural youth and newly arrived refugees have been gifted not one soccer goal, but two, and a range of merchandise from Melbourne City Football Club.

Ethnic Council of Shepparton strategic engagement coordinator Sam Atukorala organised the sponsorship when he saw an article in the Shepparton News, calling for help to secure goals.

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Afghani refugee Aleena Qazikhil supports women in making Shepparton home

Aleena Qazikhil

Shepparton’s Aleena Qazikhil knows all about the strength of women.

As a child, she saw it in her mother who single-handedly raised Aleena and her five siblings in Afghanistan while Aleena’s father was trapped in a detention centre.

She ignited that same strength in herself when she arrived in Australia at 16 and grappled with strange new customs and a foreign tongue.

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