Anglicare NT – Refugee & Migrant Settlement Support (RAMSS)
RAMSS is a free,voluntary and confidential case management and advocacy service assisting refugees and migrants who have lived in the Darwin,Palmerston and rural area for less than 5 years. Individuals,couples and families are supported to address presenting issues,build skills and gain confidence to navigate and access the broad range of services available in the community.
Australian Red Cross
Migration Support Services As part of the world-wide Red Cross tracing network, Red Cross tracing in the Northern Territory re-establishes contact between relatives separated as a result of war, conflict or international disaster. Various free-of-charge services are offered, including tracing, the Red Cross message service, family reunion, health & welfare reports and related services. Support is provided to people seeking asylum and living in the Northern Territory while they are awaiting determination of a claim for protection. Emergency relief is available for any migrant experiencing a crisis, in the form of casework, limited financial assistance and in-kind support. Red Cross provides support and assistance to people who have been trafficked, or who have experienced forced marriage, through the Support to Trafficked People Program. Red Cross also conducts monitoring visits to immigration detention centres in Australia and offshore. Communities for Children Program Enables the establishment of community committees in both Palmerston and Tiwi Islands. The committees then allocate funding to a number of local programs to support families and children. Disaster Response Operation of the National Registration & Inquiry System (NRIS) allows concerned relatives to track family members who find themselves caught up in disasters. Australian Red Cross also provides assistance for people affected by emergencies and disasters. Trained staff and volunteers identify those who need counselling & support and provide basic necessities, care and comfort. First Aid Training Public courses for First Aid training are available in Alice Springs. For all bookings please call 1300 367 428. Place Based Community Development Work in seven locations, with Community Development Officers and Cultural Support Workers assisting the communities to develop solutions and programs that are best for each community. Red Cross is working in Darwin, Galiwinku, Katherine, Daly River, Alice Springs, Tennant Creek and Tiwi Islands. As an independent, membership-driven, not-for-profit association, we work with our members to support and strengthen AOD service delivery for people who experience harmful substance use in the NT. Our mission is to build and maintain a strong, sustainable and culturally diverse Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) sector that works together to reduce alcohol and other drug related harm across the Northern Territory.
CatholicCare NT – Children and Parenting Support
Our Children and Parenting programs can help families in different ways. Home visits and community outreach: CatholicCare NT can provide “in home” parenting support and education. We work with you to identify issues that could impact your children or family. We can provide support and referrals to help you with these issues before they escalate. Where available, we can also help transport you and your family to activities, playgroups and appointments. Parent education: Our parenting education groups focus on child development. They help to build parenting skills and knowledge. For more information on parenting education and groups click here. Peer support groups: Peer support groups let you link you in with other families in the same stage of life. These peer supports include groups for mothers and babies, primary school parents and single fathers. Children and youth counselling: Counselling is available for children, young people and families. These sessions are tailored to your needs.
Darwin Asylum Seeker Support & Advocacy Network Incorporated (DASSAN)
DASSAN provides advocacy and support services that benefit asylum seekers in the community and in immigration detention in Darwin that include:
- Direct provision of welfare and emotional support to asylum seekers;
- Brokering for pro-bono legal, medical and housing services for asylum seekers;
- Supporting community members to advocate asylum seekers; and
- Promoting an awareness of the issues affecting asylum seekers.
Please note: DASSAN is volunteer run organisation, please make contact via our website https://www.dassan.org/ contact us page and someone will respond asap.
Football Without Borders
Training Sessions: Thursdays weekly at Nakara Oval from 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Football Without Borders (FWB) is an organisation that promotes the integration of refugees, asylum seekers and new migrants in the Darwin community by engagement through the practice of football (soccer). The program provides a great opportunity for participants to meet form new friendships, practice their favourite sport and grow in confidence as they find their place within the Darwin community.
FWB competes in Football NT’s Division 1 tournament during the active football season (Feb – Sep) and plays friendlies every other weekend throught the year. No matter your skill levels, you are welcome to enjoy football with us.
Support is fluid and extends to areas outside of football including help finding work, transport and communication systems.
Find us on Facebook as “Football Without Borders Darwin” and join in the fun!
Melaleuca Refugee Centre Torture & Trauma Survivor’s Service of the Northern Territory – Counselling and Support Services
This program was developed by the Forum of Australian Services for Survivors of Torture and Trauma, to support survivors of torture and trauma by providing specialised services to improve their emotional and mental wellbeing.
The Program is open to permanently resettled refugees and humanitarian entrants and those on temporary substantive visas living in the community, who are experiencing psychological or psychosocial difficulties related to their experience before coming to Australia.
It offers a safe, professional and nurturing environment for clients to discuss their pain, deal with their grief and address their fears. Ultimately, the Program’s goal is to help clients to heal, with a focus on counselling.
Melaleuca Refugee Centre Torture & Trauma Survivor’s Service of the Northern Territory – Humanitarian Settlement Services Scheme
The Program’s aim is to help people from refugee, humanitarian and migrant backgrounds to settle in Australia and works in conjunction with other settlement and mainstream services. Adopting a needs-based case management approach, the services offered ensure the highest possible level of community integration and interaction for our clients.
Mission Australia – Elders Visiting Program
The Elders Visiting Program provides administrative and operational support to assist Elders to visit correctional centres in Darwin and provide cultural support and mentoring to Indigenous prisoners. Support may include engaging with community corrections and reintegration staff, travel to outlying communities, and other needs as required.
Multicultural Community Services of Central Australia
Multicultural Community Services of Central Australia Incorporated (MCSCA) is a community based organisation whose aims and objectives are to deliver quality confidential services to people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
MCSCA provides the first port of call with friendly, culturally sensitive orientation and information, and ongoing activities and events to promote harmony in our community.
Settlement Engagement and Transition Support (SETS)
The Settlement Engagement and Transition Support (SETS) program is funded by the Australian Department of Home Affairs. The program aims to equip and empower humanitarian entrants, other eligible permanent migrants and their communities to address their settlement needs, in order to improve social participation, economic well-being, independence, personal well-being and community connectedness. The SETS program fills an important gap in the post-arrival period for eligible clients who do not have family and other community supports to rely on.
The program is complementary to the Humanitarian Settlement Program (HSP) and other Commonwealth support to humanitarian entrants and for other vulnerable migrants.
SETS Client Services provides clients with settlement-related information, advice, advocacy, and assistance to access mainstream and other relevant services. Services will be delivered in accordance with a needs-based approach. Typically client needs will align with the nine priority areas identified in the National Settlement Framework.
Facilities for the Multicultural Community
Multicultural groups and incorporated organisations can access facilities at MCSCA and within the Alice Springs Youth and Community Centre Complex at 5B Wills Terrace.
MCSCA has the following facilities:
- a computer suite with scanning and printing facilities and internet access for employment purposes
- meeting space
MCSCA organises or facilitates:
- regular ‘meet and greet’ events to welcome new members of the multicultural community who are settling in Alice Springs
- information sessions with topics of interest to the migrant and multicultural communities of Alice Springs
- seminars and workshops for multicultural groups and associations
- consultations with local, Territory and Australian Government departments on issues of concern to members of the multicultural community
- events linked to specific projects
Alice Springs Youth and Community Centre Complex has additional facilities including meeting rooms, training rooms, a large hall and facilities for community events. Multicultural groups and incorporated associations access these facilities for a range of purposes including meetings, social gatherings, cultural dance practices, choir practices, homework tuition and language classes.
Bookings are essential. Fees apply in most cases. For more information about the application process and conditions of use please call us on 08 8952 8776.
This long running and much loved multicultural playgroup is facilitated by MCSCA and is run in partnership with Anglicare NT.
SusuMama playgroup is an important activity for newly arrived migrant parents and their children. It is a fundamental tool for integration in the Australian community in Alice Springs.
Susumama Playgroup enables parents and children to meet weekly in a convenient and comfortable CBD location at the Alice Springs Youth & Community Centre. This program helps families to make friends and to have fun, enjoying various hands-on activities organised by our enthusiastic and welcoming Playgroup Leader.
Susumama Playgroup is non-religious and non-denominational. All are welcome!
Guest speakers are invited to provide a variety of information sessions to parents and carers. The aim is to facilitate the integration and acceptance of women into the Australian multicultural community covering a spectrum of issues from legal, mother and child, health and mainstream services.
SusuMama Playgroup meets every Monday and Friday at the Alice Springs Youth & Community Centre from 9.30am to 11.30 am. Please contact us for more information and to book in.
Multicultural Grant Program
The Multicultural Grant Program provides support and assistance to the multicultural communities of Alice Springs. The program can also assist individual people from multicultural communities who continue to need help after the initial five-year period of settlement assistance has finished.
The funding from the NT Government provides support for:
- Assistance with settling into Australian lifestyles
- Encouragement of multiculturalism in the wider community
- Encouragement of community participation
- Organisation and participation in community events
- Promotion of integrated services
- Promotion of the use of interpreters by agencies and service providers
- Helping large culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) and multicultural communities to form their own incorporated associations
- Seminars and workshops on governance and organising the running of an association
Big Day Out In Harmony
Celebrating the vibrancy of our town with community events like Harmony Day is an important part of MCSCA work, ensuring that Alice Springs is a welcoming place for all.
Harmony Day is a United Nations-recognised global celebration that began in 1999. Officially held on March 21, it coincides with the UN International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination and has been enthusiastically embraced by MCSCA as a community celebration in Alice Springs in early May. We call this event Big Day Out in Harmony.
MCSCA works with the Town Council to combine their resources to stage Big Day Out in Harmony on the beautiful lawns at the southern end of the Council property. The stage is set like a village green, with performance area, food and drink stalls, family-focussed activities and lots of places to sit down with old and new friends. It is a community celebration of culture and coming together that draws hundreds through its simple message of unity and strength through sharing culture and friendship. The event can also be enjoyed by people who are unable to attend or if they are away from Alice Springs through a live broadcast by the local community radio station 8CCC 102.1FM.
Each year, MCSCA invites all the multicultural groups and associations to participate in the event, to share some of their culture with the wider community. After months of rehearsals, it comes together on a day filled with colours, sounds, fragrances and tastes from across the world.
If you would like to be involved please contact our office on (08) 8952 8776.
Relationships Australia – Family Dispute Resolution
Family Dispute Resolution, otherwise known as mediation, is a process to help people who have separated and divorced reach agreed
arrangements for the care of their children or property. It offers parents, and other family members, the opportunity to discuss
parenting arrangements after separation in a safe environment. This is an alternative to going to court and can save parents a considerable
amount of money, time and emotional stress. As part of the Family Dispute Resolution process parents will have the opportunity for parents to think about and have conversations
regarding their children’s needs.