An innovative community relations program aimed at improving integration and providing better services to migrant and refugees in Western Australia received a boost today with the announcement of funding of $275,000 to seven community service organisations.
The Community Relations Integration Officer (CRIO) Grants Program has been developed by the State Government to provide funding to not-for-profit community organisations to employ a CRIO to raise awareness of, and facilitate access to, services and programs for members of new and emerging communities.
Announcing the grants today, Multicultural Interests and Citizenship Minister Ljiljanna Ravlich said the program was part of a joint Federal-State National Action Plan (NAP) to address issues of marginalisation and social exclusion.
“Many of these members of our community are experiencing barriers to accessing the range of services and programs that are available to them, or may even be unaware of what is out there,” Ms Ravlich said.
As part of the NAP, the Australian Government Department of Immigration and Citizenship has contributed to the program.
The successful community organisations are: Gosnells Women’s Health Service, The Gowrie, Coalition for Advocacy of Refugees, Asylum Seekers and Detainees (CARAD), Mission Australia, Ethnic Disability Advocacy Centre (EDAC), Brockman House and the Muslim Women’s Support Centre.
“The seven community organisations who have been awarded grants are best placed to provide local solutions to address the local issues affecting vulnerable members of our community, particularly migrants and refugees from new and emerging communities,” the Minister said.
The CRIOs will improve awareness of and access to services in a variety of critical areas, including employment, education and training, health, housing and family support.
“They will help build pathways and provide better support networks between new and emerging communities and service providers, and build the capacity of these communities to identify and find solutions to their needs,” Ms Ravlich said.
“The strategies that will be developed will assist migrants and refugees from new and emerging communities become better integrated into our broader community.”
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