Multicultural programs and projects
Multicultural Programs and Projects
Hobsons Bay City Council is committed to supporting our communities to celebrate their culture, history and traditions. Supported by the Multicultural Policy
2012-2015, we are dedicated to ensuring the histories, beliefs, traditions, cultures and languages that make up our residents’ sense of identity are respected and celebrated. The Council is involved in different community development programs which are aimed at celebrating diversity and supporting the CALD communities of Hobsons Bay in a variety of ways.
New and Emerging Youth Leadership Program
The New and Emerging (NEC) Youth Leadership Program was developed after a series of consultations with focus groups from new and emerging communities in Hobsons Bay held in 2006. Youth identified a lack in leadership opportunities, working with the government and a lack of networks and support groups.
The Council has partnered with organisations such as the Victoria Police, New Hope Foundation, Western Bulldogs, Metropolitan Fire Brigade and Metropolitan Ambulance Services to deliver the Youth Leadership Program since 2006. The Program involves a 4 day camp held during school holidays and six workshops and facilitation sessions following the camp. Students then graduate the program after completing the workshops.
The Program provides youth from a diverse array of backgrounds with an opportunity to experience something new, create new friendships and relationships with organisations involved, increase their confidence and gain leadership skills in varied forms.
In partnership with the Western Bulldogs and Aquatics and Recreation Victoria, the Council has run several Vic Swim Cultural programs. The programs are aimed at teaching young children and youth who are newly arrived how to swim, basics of water safety and encourage participation in swimming. The programs are facilitated by bilingual instructors (English/Karen) who focus on enjoying the water, being safe and fun pool activities. The program is run from the Laverton Swim and Fitness Centre.
Multicultural Arts Exhibitions
The Council partners with the Louis Joel Community Arts Centre to host multicultural art exhibitions featuring different local communities. In 2011 the focus community was Greek and the Louis Joel Community Arts Centre exhibited art from and by the Greek community of Hobsons Bay.
Support for Karen Communities through Laverton Community Renewal
The Laverton Community Renewal program has a specific focus on supporting local Karen communities who are newly arrived in the Laverton area. The program collaborates with New Hope Foundation to familiarise Karen communities with key service providers and equip community members with a vast array of information and support. There are a series of regular workshops and meetings as part of this program. Please visit the Laverton Community Renewal page for more information on this program.
If you would like more information on any of the above mentioned programs, please contact Council’s Community Development Officer, Multicultural on 9932 1095.
If you would like more information on the Laverton Community Renewal program supporting Karen communities, please contact the Laverton Community Renewal office on 9932 3800.