COVID-19 Service Update

COVID 19 Sydney MCS response

As of 13 July 2020 Sydney MCS is continuously monitoring the changing COVID-19 situation.  The needs of our clients are at the heart of how we operate, therefore our priority is to ensure safety and continuity of service at all times.  Our staff are currently working from the office, and we will continue to provide current information in various…

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Celebrating our volunteers digitally!

Volunteers are an integral part of Sydney MCS, and in the current pandemic our volunteers have continued to work tirelessly in novel ways. As a multicultural organisation, our volunteers are also incredibly diverse, they represent 20 different language groups and we pride ourselves on our multilingual volunteers who can connect with the client’s language and culture.  Our English Conversation Group…

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Paving the way to career success

To mark National Volunteer Week 2020,  I interviewed (via Zoom) our Employment Support Programme Mentor, Valerie. Covid-19 has put an added complication to newly arrived migrants looking for work or changing jobs and Valerie and the Sydney MCS team have recently reformatted the programme to a digital one under the current circumstances. Your backgroundValerie is a retired HR Director…

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Tele-social support during COVID-19

“At the end of the conversations, they were passing on messages of hope and encouragement…” Lucy, Social Support Groups Coordinator The Department of Health suspended Social Support Groups in mid March to avoid the spread of COVID-19. As an organisation we now faced a fresh set of challenges; how to continue our services without physical interaction, reduce social isolation…

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Multicultural Seniors Carnivale 2020

Thank YOU to our wonderful clients, guests, hardworking care workers, volunteers and staff for making our 2020 Multicultural Seniors Carnivale the best one yet! On Wednesday, 12 Februrary 2020 in sponsorship with Randwick Council we celebrated our Seniors and our diversity with great conversations, singing, dancing, delicious food and gorgeous views at the Prince Henry Centre, Little Bay. The…

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Harmony Festival 21 March 2020

Sydney Multicultural Community Services in partnership with Bayside Council will host Harmony Festival at Dacey Gardens on Saturday, 21 March 2020 from 12 – 4 PM, in the heart of Kingsford. You can enjoy a range of free activities and entertainment for all ages, showcasing the rich talent that exists within the Eastern Suburbs – a culturally and linguistically…

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Youth Leadership Program 2019

Sydney Multicultural Community Services (SMCS) held a four-day Youth Leadership Program in partnership with Hon. Matt Thislethwaite, local Federal Member of Parliament. Youth migrants and refugees from Iran, Iraq and Bangladesh attended the program from April 15 to April 18 at SMCS Head Office. The program addressed topics such as leadership qualities and inclusive leadership. Hon. Matt Thislethwaite started…

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Settlement Engagement and Transition Support (SETS) Program

The Settlement Engagement and Transition Support (SETS) Program is funded by the Commonwealth Department of Social Services (DSS). The program provides settlement services to assist refugees and humanitarian entrants during the first five years of arrival in Australia. Services The service aims to identify the knowledge, skills and talent of the participants in order to address their settlement needs…

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Inspiring Stories – Carlos Astudillo

A true rebirth Life continues to amaze us with wonderful moments that are full of love: meeting people who never give up, even if the obstacles are great, and overcome conditions that are so dire such as living without feeling half your body. In 2017, Carlos Astudillo Tudela was diagnosed with brain cancer. Doctors did not give him more…

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