Through community development strategies, SMCS seeks to empower individuals and communities to actively participate in Australian society.
SMCS is actively involved in projects and networks with other organisations which seek to relieve suffering and distress among CALD communities, particularly refugees. As part of this process the Centre facilitates information sessions, workshops, research and consultations with the aim of supporting CALD communities and promoting empowerment.
Various ethnic-specific groups meet regularly at Sydney Multicultural Community Services during and also outside business hours, seven days a week. The aim of these groups is to empower and enhance the self-esteem of clients.
These groups provide a strong social network and a significant level of support for participants. Many rely on the group meetings to be able to discuss, interchange and feel an echo of their needs and ideas. SMCS supports these groups by providing information, services and access to the groups, being concerned with their needs and attempting to meet them whenever possible. The Centre also encourages these groups to become self-sufficient.
Group activities include:
- Information session
- Social activities
- Cultural activities, including dancing and music
- Ethnic specific community activities and meetings
Space at the Centre is limited but we try to accommodate as many groups as possible.
Information Sessions and Workshops
Sydney Multicultural Community Services is always actively connecting with the community and providing opportunities to disseminate information, advice and facilitate community consultation. SMCS frequently organises information sessions and community workshops covering a wide range of topics relevant to the community. Session topics can include:
- Health issues
- Legal matters
- Centrelink benefits
- Domestic violence
- Carer Support
- Parenting support
- Women specific issues
- Income support and financial management
Please contact the Sydney MCS office if you have a topic that you are interested in learning more about.
Our Inclusion Programs
Social Support Groups Testimonials
Client’s Name: Elly Lathouras
Comment made by client’s daughter, Angela: “I never saw mum happier and more socially engaged. Mum’s social life is much better than mine. She loves the outings and she cheerfully talks to friends about the clubs and restaurants she’s been to. It’s like a show-off, but I see how proud she is of herself to know things and be involved in a group.”
Client’s Name: Julie Spyridon
Comment made by client’s daughter, Rema: “Mum doesn’t recall many things, but she does your group. She constantly asks when Friday is, so she can go out with you. Thank you for doing a great job.”
Client’s Name: Aldina Soares
Comment made by client’s daughter, Emilia: “My mum was very happy today… It makes me happy to see her happy. I am very lucky. At 94 my mother still knows she’s doing and getting better every day.”