St Paul’s African House has launched the first detailed survey into African communities of the Greater Shepparton region, celebrating with speeches and a spread on Saturday, March 27.
“The African Focus team also gave a presentation about the project and assisted members of the community with completing the survey via QR code and a link,” St Paul’s African House senior community connections co-ordinator Akuot Wundit said.
‘A small gift was given to participants as a token of appreciation for their participation in the survey.” The online survey forms part of a $207,833 grant provided to African House under the Victorian Govemment Working for Victoria program, in a bid to improve support services and engagement in the region.
Ms Wundit encouraged anyone of African heritage living in Greater Shepparton, aged 18 and over, to get involved. “It is available to all members of the community until June when we will need to close the survey to develop a report of the findings,” Ms Wundit said.
“Our staff are available to assist participants in English, Swahili Kinyamulenge, French, Dinka, Arabic and Kirundi at St Paul’s African House.
“Participants can come to us or we can go to them, they just need to call the facility and make an appointment … the survey will take 20 minutes to complete, and all information will remain confidential.
The community project explores the demographics, experiences and needs faced by the African community in Greater Shepparton while also addressing barriers and areas for change.
“Thank you for sharing your voice as an African person living in Greater Shepparton,” Ms Wundi said. “Your voice matters.”