Act: Do Something Belong: Do Something with someone Commit: Do Something meaningful Attend the South West Multicultural Festival and you can do all these things and have a fabulous time with a fantastic sense of wellbeing. Mark the date in your diary now and keep up to date on Facebook.
Driving to Make a Difference
In 2018-2019, the Bunbury Multicultural Group were fortunate to be funded by Zonta Bunbury to run a project where culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) women were given the opportunity to have their driving lessons paid for.
Migrant women can become easily isolated from engaging with their community due to lacking a basic skill such as driving. This isolation can often lead to multiple disadvantages such as low skills, depression and social exclusion. The new project, ‘Driving to make a Difference’, allowed the BMG to trial a pilot project that pays for driving lessons, which builds the confidence of participants to then be able to practice in a family or friend’s car to get their licence.
Many CALD women in regional communities, such as the Greater Bunbury area, become marginalised due to the lack of good public transport and therefore their inability to access services that can benefit them and their families. This can also restrict them accessing skills and training that can lead to employment opportunities in the future.
For the Bunbury Multicultural Group this initiative fulfilled our objective of ‘promoting multiculturalism, understanding and friendship’. We believe that being able to drive develops the status of women and helps them become self-reliant and able to access community events and networks in the broader community, practice their English language skills and find new support groups and build friendships. We take so much of this for granted and don’t realise just how empowering being able to drive is to our quality of life as a whole.
The Bunbury Multicultural Group is worked in partnership with the Multicultural Services Centre WA in Bunbury to deliver this project, and will be seeking further funding to continue this project in the 2019-2020 period.
If you are interested in joining the Bunbury Multicultural Group, attending our many celebrations or helping out at our events please follow us on Facebook or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Dine with Me
Social events where community members are given the opportunity to engage and make new friends and build networks is a big part of what the Bunbury Multicultural Group does in the community. The Dine with Me initiative is an old activity and has been spruced up with a new title allowing people to recognise the casual, fun vibe of a typical BMG gathering.
Stories are a huge part of a migrant's experience and we want to share our stories with you and want you to share your stories with us. The This is Me project will be looking at presenting stories in public spaces and cafes throughout 2019 as well as having your story printed in the Bunbury Mail. You will also have the opportunity to share your story during Dine with Me events throughout the year. We are also looking forward to an exciting future art project to tell our stories in a more artistic way, in partnership with the Bunbury Regional Art Galleries. Ask us how you can get involved by emailing email@example.com
Other past activities
We also do presentations on multiculturalism
We were invited by the Leschenault Catholic Primary School to give a presentation on Multiculturalism and it was very successful. We had a chance to talk to the children about India and Sri Lanka and issues that migrants have to face when they come to a new country.
We work in partnership with different organisations
We love to work in collaboration with other community organisations in the region, so if you are involved in a project that would benefit from a multicultural perspective, please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org