Domestic Violence Videos
In May 2016 Communify Qld produced community education videos in 5 languages: Russian, Amharic, Mandarin, Farsi and Bengali, funded through the Queensland Government’s Not Now Not Ever campaign. Each video (excluding Russian) is produced with English subtitles. Five bilingual presenters in the videos provide information about what is considered to be domestic violence and outline services operating in Logan City, Brisbane and Ipswich. The videos are being promoted throughout CALD communities and community service, family support, domestic violence service and multicultural service sectors. Communify Qld hopes the community education videos will bring greater awareness about support and services available to families from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Backgrounds who are experiencing domestic violence. Communify hopes that the stigma surrounding domestic violence in many communities can be overcome and people who are suffering in silence can be encouraged to speak up and seek support and services in line with the Queensland Government’s 2016 Not Now Not Ever campaign.
View these videos on Communify’s YouTube channel.
Brisbane City Council funded project “Beware and Belong”
An Ethiopian bicultural worker and TESOL support worker were engaged by Communify multicultural programs to deliver community education workshops and events to raise awareness amongst CALD communities about family and domestic violence services, banking, No Interest Loan (NILS) schemes and budgeting programs and services. In addition over 40 new arrival individuals were matched with buddies for English conversation and 16 “Preparing for Work in Australia” sessions were attended by job seekers originally from India, Bangladesh, Phillipines, South Sudan, Kenya and Vietnam. Over 150 people from CALD backgrounds participated in activities at Inala and Kelvin Grove including Mandarin and Korean speaker group facilitated sessions and guest speakers from the Ethnic Community Council of Qld and Christians Against Poverty. The success of this community education initiative has led to the production of bilingual videos and further partnerships with Korean speaking mental health workers to continue to raise awareness in new and emerging communities.
NNSW fundraising and homestay
Mullumbimby, Uki and Federal refugee support groups have established themselves since 2014 to fundraise to contribute to refugee and asylum seekers support through Sanctuary in Lismore, Communify Qld in Brisbane and legal initiatives in Sydney. They have also held film events to raise awareness and promote understanding about families who are seeking asylum in Australia. Communify QLD is most grateful that our tax deductible asylum seeker gift account has received donations of over $26,000 over the last year from these groups . Communify has worked closely with Inala Community House, Harmony Place and Romero Centre in identifying people in urgent need of Go Cards (for travel on public transport), emergency relief and visa and migration agent advice and has channelled the donations to these families and individuals.
These Northern NSW groups have joined Communify to launch a Homestay program in 2016 to link refugee and asylum seeker families in Brisbane with families in Pottsville, Mullumbimby , Murwillumbah and Federal who are offering to host weekend visits. Two homestay awareness raising days have been held by Communify multicultural programs in partnership with PIR mental health workers at Harmony Place. Homestay hosts are applying for blue cards and have received registration forms from a number of families interested in taking up this opportunity. They are now preparing to host Persian and Afghani family visits during July 2016 school holidays.
Crowd funding campaign “Wheels to the Future”
Social Scaffolding consultancy has joined with Communify to run a Crowd funding campaign to generate funds for driving lessons for refugees and asylum seekers with limited income. Over $1,500 was raised and used to pay for lessons for 10 people. Communify QLD appreciates the contributions of all those who donated to the campaign. Social Scaffolding consultants are continuing to work with Communify in a pro bono capacity to facilitate ways agency and volunteer groups can collaborate in their efforts to support asylum seekers with little or no income.