- Must demonstrate examples of how the project has improved social cohesion and community harmony on a local or regional level.
- Examples of improved social cohesion may include an increased sense of belonging, attachment to the community and/or willingness to participate in their community.
*Common Cultures Open or Close
Common Cultures is a youth engagement project that focuses on highlighting the cultural diversity and cultural pride of young people in Blacktown. The project provided a platform for local young people to learn more about their culture and to highlight the similarities of other cultures. Multicultural NSW and Blacktown Youth Services Association (BYSA) provided a platform for young people from Western Sydney of African and Pacific Island backgrounds to work alongside community leaders in a number of workshops that focused on cultural diversity, social cohesion and cultural identity delivered at Evans High School.
Aspiring young musicians from a CALD background were also engaged to voice their opinions on an incident that recently took place in Doonside in 2014 that attracted negative media attention for the African and Pacific Island communities.
210th Anniversary Reconciliation Day at Prospect Hill Open or Close
Holroyd City Council in partnership with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Consultative (ATSIC) Committee holds an interactive commemorative event to raise awareness of the first known act of reconciliation in Australia, which was on Prospect Hill 210 years ago. 210 years ago, in 1805 a group of women from the Darug nation organised a meeting on Prospect Hill with white colonial settlers led by the Reverend Samuel Marsden to bring about peace after a turbulent period of fighting in the region.
The event includes a language lesson, which has evolved to be taught at our Library, smoking ceremony, Indigenous performances and bush tucker.
Community Engagement Project Open or Close
The Bankstown Community Engagement Project aims to increase the capacity of local youth organisations to address the risks and social consequences of violent extremism. It has been designed to foster greater cooperation between youth organisations targeting at-risk young people in the Bankstown and Canterbury area. It also supports activities which better engage young people with support services and the broader multicultural, multi-faith community of Bankstown and adjoining areas.
Numerous community organisations sit on the project committee to plan the activities of the project, with the three priorities focused on throughout the project being training, research and awareness. The project was funded by Multicultural NSW.
Dishing Up Diversity! Open or Close
Dishing Up Diversity! a digital storytelling project which provided a joyful visual narrative of refugee women from Western Sydney who have collectively found their own way to resettle into the western mainstream society where food and culture is the security blanket that provides comfort and continuity.
Three diverse communities were chosen, all well versed in traditional cooking from their respective home countries, all sourcing local and imported ingredients and all modernising their recipes to suit the new generations' tastebuds and their cooking environments. Their individual food journeys was launched as an exhibition, fundraising project and later a Recipe Postcard Series
Flagcom - Mardi Gras Show Open or Close
The Mardi Gras Variety Show and Parade is organised and participated in by Filipino Lesbians and Gays Community (Flagcom) and its supporters. It is considered as unique, artistic and entertaining platforms, using a multicultural based approach.
Its objectives are:
To promote safe sex and prevent the spread of Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) with the support and guidance of ACON and the Parramatta and Sydney Sexual Health Clinics
To stamp out gender discrimination; increase awareness, acceptance and appreciation of the wealth of talents of LGBTI community
To provide a strong statement to promote social cohesion and community harmony
GoActive Open or Close
The GoActive Project is the Lebanese Muslim Association's health and fitness initiative for young women from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds which commenced in 2011. The project targets young women who follow the Muslim faith living across Greater Western Sydney to provide them with opportunities to be involved in sport and recreation. The GoActive initiative is the first of its kind in Australia for Muslim women, and aims to promote social harmony and healthy lifestyles by establishing female only sports teams with ongoing sports competitions.
GoActive is dedicated to promoting physical and social wellbeing and fosters community harmony through regular sports programs that take place in an inclusive and harmonious environment. GoActive has been successful in continuing to provide organised sports events and camps for women addressing specific cultural and social needs. This has increased participation in health and wellbeing sports participation as a result.
Holroyd City Council Aged and Disability Services restructure Open or Close
Council's Aged and Disability Services Team has created a team structure and program to encourage inclusion and participation across cultures, abilities and ages. All members are encouraged to participate in all aspects of the program and provide feedback and input into the activities. The new structure enables individuals to make a choice, learn about each other and develop friendships.
The new structure and program has also enabled new skills and opportunities for volunteers by allowing them to volunteer in different programs.
National Mosque Open Day Open or Close
National Mosque Open Day (NMOD) is a project that endeavours to break down common misconceptions and stereotypes surrounding Islam. The initiative aims to counteract all types of prejudice, such as Islamophobia, as well as mutual misunderstanding between Muslims and non-Muslims alike by creating a platform for open discourse between both communities.
This is achieved by having mosques around the country open their doors to the wider public. For a number of years, mosques across Australia have inconsistently held mosque open days. The intent of this initiative is to consolidate these open days into one, unified, national mosque open day.
Surfing Without Borders Open or Close
Surfing Without Borders is an innovative project designed to introduce asylum seekers to the iconic Australian sport of surfing. A first of its kind in Australia, the program has seen dozens of asylum seekers meet at Bondi Beach every fortnight for regular surfing lessons led by experienced professionals from local surf school, Let's Go Surfing.
Participants learn how to surf, meet other asylum seekers who have shared similar experiences, and improve their English language skills by engaging with the local community. They also enjoy the therapeutic benefits of surfing which extend to improvements in mental and physical health.
Sydney Muslim Conference Open or Close
The Sydney Muslim Conference celebrates the ethnic diversity of our communities and facilitates a space to enhance and promote social cohesion. This one-day conference brings together a wide range of speakers on a variety of topics, addressing the needs of an increasingly multicultural Muslim Community.
The primary aim of this conference is to bring young Australian Muslims from diverse cultural backgrounds together to highlight how Islam plays a positive role in a harmonious society.
Torton Action Group Open or Close
Torton Place is a public housing complex located in Penrith and consists of 82 units, most in bedsits. The residents are mostly older single people, including 80% who are male and aged over 55, with limited social supports.
The Torton Action Group (TAG) was formed in 2011 as the result of NSW Housing attending the Penrith Community Care Forum to discuss the challenges at Torton Place. The TAG partnership consists of Penrith Disabilities Resource Centre, Nepean Community and Neighbourhood Services, NSW Housing, Penrith Council and five residents.
The purpose of the TAG is to work with the residents to improve social connections between the residents and community support, including access to services, education, welfare, social inclusion activities. The TAG is accountable to the residents and meetings are held monthly in the Community Room at Torton Place and open to all residents.
- *Common Cultures Open or Close