Citizenship and Multicultural Interests Minister Tony McRae has approved grants to community-based organisations under the Western Australian Inclusion and Integration Grants Program.
The Gosnells Community Legal Centre will receive nearly $17,500 for ‘Our Strong People Project’, which aims to build integration skills and active participation of culturally and linguistically diverse (CaLD) communities in community services.
The project will also mentor community members and provide support and training and develop training and information resources for community development workers.
The target groups will be from the Cannington, Thornlie, Gosnells, Armadale, Serpentine/Jarrahdale and adjoining suburbs.
“The project will assist those from CaLD backgrounds to develop knowledge, understanding and skills in relation to a range of issues including financial management, tenancy, family law and domestic violence,” Mr McRae said.
“Further training of graduates of the Strong Communities program and development of community education packages has the potential to increase the impact of the project.”
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, which 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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