Ethnic Voice | April 2019
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Multicultural News and Information

Welcome to Ethnic Voice, the monthly e-newsletter of
Albury-Wodonga Ethnic Communities Council (

News Update
Cultural connection to reduce gambling harm. Members of local Aboriginal and other culturally diverse communities came together at La Trobe University's Wodonga campus on 4 April 2019 to discuss the impacts of gambling-related harm in their communities. The forum featured presentations from Melbourne-based author, Arnold Zable, and La Trobe University Associate Professor Sarah MacLean as well as a panel discussion. You can read more about the collaboration, here.
Leader's in the making. Another group of local young people will attend the Emerging Leader's Summit in Bright, Victoria in May 2019 as part of The Mandala Project's hugely popular leadership program. This year, AWECC will be sponsoring three young people from Congolese refugee backgrounds to attend the camp. This follows AWECC's sponsorship of two young people from refugee-backgrounds in 2018.
Terrorist bombings in Sri Lanka. AWECC would like to express our heartfelt sympathy and condolences to everyone affected by the horrific attacks in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, especially our Sri Lankan community members.
Upcoming Events
3 May 2019 | Winter Sessions at The Cube Wodonga. Several dancing and musical groups from local African communities will be performing at The Cube Wodonga's first Winter Session of 2019. Come along and support our emerging communities and enjoy the talent! From 7pm, entry is $5. Click here for more details. 
African Cultural Festival - Expressions of Interest - AWECC is seeking expressions of interest from performers, dancers, musicians, stall-holders, caterers, artists, and volunteers for an upcoming African cultural festival in Wodonga in June 2019. You can register your interest by email at or by phone 0260 246 895.
Training & Development
6 May 2019 (NEW date) | Pathways to Care workshop - StandBy Murray is delivering a free, one-day workshop on 6 May 2019 in Albury for local service providers, community leaders, and other interested community members. The workshop will increase participants understanding of suicide bereavement, how to support those who are impacted by suicide, and to identify local pathways for support. For more information or to register, call Alana Robinson on 0448 271 158 or email
12 June 2019 | Core Concepts in Working with People from Refugee Backgrounds - This one-day introductory workshop in Albury is designed to put a framework of understanding around working with people from refugee and asylum seeker backgrounds. It focuses on understanding the link between what refugees have been through, the impact of torture and other traumatic events, the stressors of detention, resettlement and cultural transition. It explores how to work in a trauma informed and culturally competent way that promotes recovery and fosters feelings of trust, safety and control, while minimising the risk of retraumatisation. Cost $249 ($199 concession). Register here.
13 June 2019 | 'Accidental' Counsellors: Responding to Refugee Trauma Related Behaviours - This one-day workshop in Albury has been designed to give workers not trained as counsellors some basic tips and skills for how to recognise and deal with difficult behaviours in the workplace. It is mostly practical and focuses on a series of case studies and role plays to develop skills in dealing with trauma reactions. It is assumed that participants have attended an introductory workshop by STARTTS such as the Core Concepts or equivalent. Cost $249 ($199 concession). Register here.
Employment and Volunteering
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Grants and Scholarships
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Resources and Services
Consumer Affairs Victoria resources are available in a range of other languages, click here for information in your language. You can also get information and advice in languages other than English, by calling 131 450 during business hours and asking for an interpreter in your language to call 1300 558 181. 
Your Body, Your Choice: sexual assault factsheet - The 'Your Body, Your Choice' factsheet is a multi-language resource about sexual assault. It contains important information for students, and others, who have experienced sexual assault, and includes key messages specifically tailored to international students. The resource is available in 11 different languages. The resource was developed by Redfern Legal Centre, City of Sydney and Study NSW and can be accessed by clicking here.
Victoria Legal Aid – Get help in your own languageVictoria Legal Aid helps people with legal problems. You can find information about what they do in a range of languages here. They can also arrange interpreters and give information about the law in languages other than English over the phone.
BeyondHousing translated resources are now available in several languages, including Swahili, Tagalog, Dari, Punjabi and Arabic. Click here to find out more about how BeyondHousing can assist you and your community or contact one of their regional offices here.
StandBy Murray provides support to individuals, families, and communities bereaved or impacted by suicide. StandBy is available 24/7 via telephone or face-to-face support and interpreters are available. Click here to find out more, or call 0439 173 310.
Gambling support in your language. Gambler's Help offers free and confidential advice or counselling, including to people who speak languages other than English. Contact your local Gambler's Help team on (02) 6055 3043.
2019 Multifaith Calendar. Various holy days and festivals are held throughout the year for various faiths including Baha'i, Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism. A comprehensive list is posted on the Faith Communities’ Council of Victoria website.
Disclaimer: The information and articles included in Ethnic Voice have been collected from a range of sources, including from our stakeholders, for the interest and information of all our readers. We take great care to ensure the information we publish is accurate and representative of our membership, however, some information, especially third-party information, may not necessarily reflect the views of AWECC or our members, nor should its inclusion be seen to necessarily constitute our endorsement. We welcome feedback and suggestions for our monthly e-newsletter.
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