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A new resource showcasing an innovative, unique not-for-profit service delivery model was launched in Sydney today.

The NSW Settlement Partnership in Focus is replete with success stories of this unique partnership, which is the first of its kind in the settlement sector.

Formed in 2015, the NSP is a wide-reaching consortium led by community-based not-forprofit Settlement Services International, which includes 22 other organistions, ranging from migrant resource centers, to generalist neighbourhood centres and ethno-specific organisations.

SSI Settlement Services Manager, Loukia Zinopoulos, said that this diversity allowed the NSP to build on good practice, to reach further and do more.

“We can also deliver services in a more nuanced way. Our partners’ grassroots service delivery supported by SSI a solid combination,” she said.

“SSI’s statewide perspective combined with partners in-depth practice knowledge allows us to identify opportunities for innovation and collaboration."

Since the NSP began, through collaboration and cross-pollination, partners have achieved significant outcomes. There has been a renewed focus on delivering services and activities that foster the three Es — employment, English language and education.

“Our NSP partners are all experts in their fields. They deliver quality, innovative services at a local level that are informed by their extensive commitment and experience in supporting migrant and refugee settlement. ” Ms Zinopoulos said.

Media enquiries:

SSI Communications Coordinator Rebeka Selmeczki; 0468 998 300
SSI Communications Coordinator Hannah Gartrell; 0488 680 287

Success stories

SSI Volunteer Spotlight: Sue Vile

Courtesy The Australian: Ethiopian refugee Adi Tefera, left, with volunteer chef Kate Spina at Four Brave WomenSue Vile was among the first to be inducted into the SSI’s Armidale volunteer program, bringing with her a wealth of experience and existing training gathered from her time in aid work, in Australia and abroad.

A retired school teacher and nurse, Sue has dedicated an enormous amount of her time in recent years on the front line of humanitarian services, helping refugees at many stages of their journey to safety.


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