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Meeting soaring demand: WSMRC forges key alliances with other organisations to enhance Milivelihood Employment Program

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(South-West Sydney and Macarthur Region – 12 February 2024) 

In response to the rapidly growing demand for CALD women to access its transformative Milivelihood Employment program, the Western Sydney Migrant Resource Centre (WSMRC) has recently formed strategic partnerships with other service providers and training organisations. This collaborative effort is aimed at ensuring that the program reaches even more women, empowering them for success in gaining employment.

Generously funded by the Commonwealth Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet’s Women’s Leadership and Development Program https://www.pmc.gov.au/office-women/grants-and-funding, the Milivelihood Employment Program has become a beacon of hope and opportunity for women from diverse backgrounds. Beginning on October 11, 2023, a new group of migrant women residing in the South-West and Macarthur regions will actively participate in this program, benefiting from its empowering services.

Among the program’s many success stories is an Afghan lady who recently secured her first job after an awe-inspiring 22-year journey in Australia. Her triumph is a testament to the transformative impact of the employment support WSMRC offer.

With over 180 clients already participating, the Milivelihood program has significantly impacted lives through practical skill-building activities like knitting, jewellery making, makeup artistry, and digital literacy. This term, the program is further broadening its scope, offering a second Digital Literacy course in Campbelltown and a Makeup course in Liverpool Women’s Resource Centre. The Makeup course, in collaboration with the Women’s Resource Centre and TAFE NSW, emphasises the commitment to women’s empowerment. The Digital Literacy course, developed in collaboration with TAFE, provides clients with TAFE certification, essential for today’s competitive job market.

Mr. Nathan Burbridge, Interim CEO of WSMRC, emphasised, “The Milivelihood program empowers women with tangible skills, creating a ripple effect of positive change in their lives. These strategic partnerships allow us to meet the surging demand for our services, ensuring more women have the opportunity to benefit from this transformative program.”

Ms. Rola Hijwel, Chair of WSMRC, added, “The key to the program’s success lies in our consistent ability to work with migrant and refugee women. By understanding their unique journeys and aspirations, we create a supportive environment that fosters growth and self-reliance. These partnerships are a testament to our dedication to empowering women in our community.”

WSMRC extends gratitude to those organisations where we have formed new partnership to meet the growing demand; Women’s Resource Centre, TAFE, New Horizonsand Marrickville Training Community. We appreciate their vital support of the program.

For more information about the Milivelihood Employment program and other initiatives, please visit https://wsmrc.org.au/employment/

About Western Sydney Migrant Resource Centre (WSMRC)

The Western Sydney Migrant Resource Centre (WSMRC) is an organisation dedicated to providing essential support and services to migrants and refugees. Established in 1979, we boast a rich history of empowering individuals and families from diverse backgrounds to thrive in their new communities.

On our website at www.wsmrc.org.au, you can discover a comprehensive range of programs and services tailored to meet the unique needs of our clientele. Among our offerings, the flagship program is the Settlement Engagement and Transition Support (SETs) program, designed to facilitate the seamless integration of individuals into the Australian society.

At WSMRC, we are committed to ensuring that migrants, and refugees not only find their footing in Australia but also flourish and contribute positively to their new communities. Through our extensive programs and services, we strive to empower individuals and families to achieve their full potential in their adopted homeland. Media enquiries – Mr Nathan Burbridge, Interim CEO – info@wsmrc.org.au

About Western Sydney MRC

About Western Sydney MRC Western Sydney MRC is a not-for-profit organisation and community advocate supporting newly-arrived individuals and diverse emerging and established communities to settle in Australia. We work with people who experience vulnerability, including individuals from a refugee background, those seeking asylum and culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities, assisting in building capacity to live empowered, informed and connected lives.

Media Enquiries

Media enquiries can be directed to:
Nathan Burbridge,
Interim CEO,
Contact 0459 175 590
Email: nathan.burbridge@wsmrc.org.au

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