Citizenship and Multicultural Interests Minister Tony McRae has approved grants to community-based organisations under the Western Australian Inclusion and Integration Grants Program.
The Fremantle Migrant Advisory Association will receive more than $19,000 for a Multicultural Men's Support Program to provide education, support, advice for migrants facing difficulties with settlement, unemployment, family issues or pending retirement from the workforce.
The program will also provide an outreach settlement support service where necessary and feasible or, alternatively, link these clients into other suitable support services.
“The project will target men who have recently arrived as migrants, refugees or humanitarian entrants, as well as those who are long-term residents experiencing isolation and dislocation within the community,” Mr McRae said.
“This is an often-neglected segment of the population, whose position demands attention not only for the well-being of the men concerned, but also because it can lead to family breakdown and impact substantially on communities.
“The project will meet an important need at both the individual and community level.”
The Grants Program is one of the key initiatives flowing from the Inclusion and Integration Action Plan approved by Cabinet in 2005 and was developed in recognition of the need for broad-scale change to address exclusion and social alienation of some members of religious and ethnic minorities, particularly those from new and emerging communities.
The grants will support community organisations with new plans, or building on existing ones, that promote integration, inclusion and active participation of minority groups in all walks of life.
“I am confident the projects will produce terrific results as they involve partnerships and collaboration between community organisations and the non-Government sector, facilitate interaction between minority groups and the broader community and promote active citizenship among minority communities,” the Minister said.
“In approving these grants, a strong emphasis has been placed on innovative projects for young people and those designed to remove structural and other barriers to participation, particularly of new and emerging communities.”
The next round of grants will be announced early in 2007 and the Office of Multicultural Interests will continue to work with community groups to develop their project ideas and assist them in the application process.
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