Family Talent and Calm Mind program is delivered by the Western Bulldogs Community Foundation at Werribee Primary School's homework program.
The program targets students who attend the after school homework program who are from newly arrived backgrounds, as well as their families.
Imagine coming to a new country and not knowing the language and culture, its laws or a single person living in the country. This arrival to the unknown is frightening. This is what the majority of refugee and migrant families arriving in Australia have to face. They may find it difficult to understand the range of services available to help them here, or to understand the wider Australian settlement system, culture and way of life.
Such mundane things like buying groceries and catching a bus may seem simple to us but to newly arrived refugees and migrants such tasks are met with much greater stress and difficultly.
All these factors can impact on their health and well-being to access relevant services and supports.
Every year, refugee and migrant families arrive in Australia from all over the world. However, some family members may struggle to manage with the consequences of trauma and the resettlement process. Those facing additional problems such as disability and family violence are particularly vulnerable to family stress. Here at MiCare our goal is to improve the welfare of refugee migrant families through our Family Services program.
Health and well-being programs, sewing groups, family case management and multicultural playgroups are a few of the many programs MiCare Family Services provide.
One of the many ethnic groups we help through Family Services is the Karen refugee and migrant community in Melbourne. Karen (pronounced kuh-REN) is an ethnic group many Australians may never have heard of. The Karen people are one of the many ethnic groups in Myammar (formerly known as Burma).
Family Talent and Calm Mind program is delivered by the Western Bulldogs Community Foundation at Werribee Primary School’s homework program. The program targets students who attend the after school homework program who are from newly arrived backgrounds, as well as their families.
It is a five week program that runs every Wednesday afternoon throughout November 2017. Currently, Karen speaking children from Werribee Primary School are attending the program delivered by Kim, a program facilitator from Western Bulldogs Community Foundation. One of the recent activities the children attended was a cooking class in which they learned how to prepare rice paper cold rolls.
The cooking class was a fun and interactive way (not to mention very tasty!) for the Karen children to bond not only with their family members, but also with their friends and fellow classmates.
Pawthoekee won the competition for her perfect rolling skills. The prize was a pack of coloured pencils. After all the hard work the students were then able to receive the best prize of all: being able to eat their cold roll creations!
Special thanks again to Kim for coordinating the program for the Karen children and for the Western Bulldogs Community Foundation for making these fun activities possible.
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