Welcoming Intercultural Neigbours
A non-for-profit organisation based in Gladstone, Queensland, Welcoming Intercultural Neighbours was formed in February 2010 in response to the need to help new residents integrate into the Gladstone region. The organisation seeks to build tolerance and harmony in the region by engaging new and local residents to participate in community programs and delivering cultural and integration services to businesses, industries and other community organisations.
In December 2014, Welcoming Intercultural Neighbours became a supporter of the Racism. It Stops With Me campaign. This aligns with many activities and projects that the organisation has developed to promote cultural and social inclusion in the area, including a Cultural Diversity Youth Forum in October 2014, which brought together students from Gladstone high schools to discuss cultural diversity and the challenges faced by young people from different cultures when they move into the area. The forum was aimed at engaging students to think about new ways to make their community more inclusive.
Welcoming Intercultural Neighbours also facilitates the Gladstone Youth for Cultural Diversity Group, which is open to young people aged 12-24 and aims to open a dialogue based on stories and experiences, and facilitate cultural events and activities in order to promote respect and understanding in the community.
In August 2014 the Welcoming Intercultural Neighbours organisation was recognised at the Queensland Cultural Diversity Awards winning the “Outstanding Community Organisation – Regional” award and in 2015, the organisation was recognised at the Queensland Multicultural Awards, with the Gladstone Youth for Cultural Diversity Group winning the ‘Minister’s Multicultural Youth Award’.
For more information on Welcoming Intercultural Neighbours, take a look at their website.
Multicultural Development Association
The Multicultural Development Association (MDA) has been actively promoting the “Racism: It Stops With Me” campaign by offering staff a range of opportunities to get involved:
For more information the MDA’s activities to support the Racism: It Stops With Me campaign, visit MDA's website.
- “Racism: It Stops With Me” cards have been developed for all staff to wear on their security pass lanyard. They card also includes a QR code which, when scanned with a smartphone, takes users to more information about the campaign on the MDA website.
- A “Racism: It Stops With Me” page has been established on the MDA website. This includes brief information about the campaign and links to the national campaign website.
- Staff have been invited to make personal pledges against racism, with pledges shared on Facebook.
- Staff have been encouraged to sign a poster petition, which was also used as a tool to raise awareness about the campaign to clients, including new migrants and refugees.
- MDA partnered with the Queensland Anti-Discrimination Commission to deliver training on racism and how to make complaints, as part of regular professional development sessions for staff.
- MDA trainers are now incorporating the campaign into all their Lifeskills training sessions for newly arrived refugees and asylum seekers.
- MDA has promoted the campaign to its partner organisations and networks.
All Together Now
All Together Now was one of the first supporters of the campaign, and has been active in seeking to prevent racism across Australia. The organisation has created resources to educate people about racism and empower them to speak out when they encounter racist behaviour.
One such resource is the award-winning ‘One Parramatta’ project which sought to encourage people to reflect upon their attitudes towards people of different racial and ethnic backgrounds. People were interviewed on the streets of Parramatta on questions concerning race and cultural diversity, and the responses were compiled into seven short films which were screened at Parramatta cinema over a period of 12 weeks.
All Together Now has also created an app, ‘Everyday Racism’, which challenges players to live seven days in the life of someone from a different ethnic background. Over the course of the week, the player receives texts, tweets and videos that seek to enable them to experience what life can be like for people from different backgrounds in Australia.
More about All Together Now can be found here.
Brotherhood of St Laurence and ANZ
Given the Chance is a program that provides refugees with assistance in accessing and participating in the Australian workforce. It was developed by the Brotherhood of St Laurence in 2002 to address employment barriers faced by refugee communities. The program facilitates work experience placements, matches participants with staff mentors and provides comprehensive pre-employment training. The program relies on the support of Australian businesses to achieve its outcomes. For example, ANZ have been a partner in the program since 2007, and have offered 56 work placements with 70% remaining employed at ANZ. The program offers participants:
The program also benefits the staff of participating organisations, by providing opportunities to challenge myths and stereotypes about refugee communities and improve cultural awareness in the workplace.
More than two-thirds of Given the Chance participants go on to find employment or undertake study to improve their chances of finding work and build useful skills.
For more information, or to register your interest in the program, call the Brotherhood of St Laurence on (03) 9288 9900 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- an appreciation of Australian work culture
- local experience, which is a major barrier for many refugee who are seeking paid employment
- the opportunity to build professional networks
- social and economic inclusion.