SSI News Blog

SSI LAC participant builds community through men’s shed

For many years, Foster Cortis was unemployed due to living with arthritis, a lung condition and chronic depression.

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From the CEO: a regional perspective on settlement in practice

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Today, at the NSW Regional Settlement Conference, hosted by SSI and the NSW Settlement Partnership (NSP), we harnessed insights and shared perspectives on the key ingredients of successful regional settlement.

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From the CEO: Foster inclusiveness and a sense of belonging this Harmony Week

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Harmony Week, March 21 to March 27, marks our country’s rich multicultural identity.

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In conversation: SSI New Beginnings Ambassador Shyamla Eswaran talks diversity at New Beginnings Festival.

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This annual festival brings thousands of Sydneysiders together to enjoy the creative, culinary and artistic talents of people from refugee, migrant and First Nations backgrounds.

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Community Hubs were the place to be for families in turbulent 2021

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The National Community Hubs Program Year in Review shows how the hubs’ resilience and flexibility ensured their local communities remained connected, supported, and safe in turbulent times.

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From the CEO: Standing by to assist Ukrainian refugees

My heart goes out to all of those impacted by the invasion of Ukraine, and the many communities both in Australia and abroad who are undoubtedly distressed and concerned for the safety of loved ones. 

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SSI launches Reconciliation Action Plan with Stan Grant

The launch of SSI's ‘Innovate' RAP was a key milestone in its reconciliation journey.

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Afghan refugee and former interpreter faring well in new home 

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Zahid Aboobakr arrived in Australia from Kabul in late 2021 after the Taliban takeover.  

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Afghan refugee and former IT professional sees bright new future in Australia

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Tahir Sadeq arrived in Australia from Kabul, Afghanistan, with his wife, daughter (9) and son (10) in September 2021.  

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Multicultural youth support community wellbeing

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Settlement Services International (SSI) and its youth networks, including the Youth Collective, and the Youth Workers Network drawn from organisations within the NSW Settlement Partnership, teamed up with NSW Multicultural Health Communication Service to produce videos for a Multicultural Community Wellbeing Campaign.

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From the CEO: Join the campaign to end gender-based violence

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It is pleasing to see that the Federal Government and Opposition are attempting to address the crisis that is violence against women and girls in this country.

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SSI trials proactive outreach program

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Throughout October, Settlement Services International (SSI), as an NDIS Local Area Coordination (LAC) Partner in the Community, trialled a proactive outreach program to support participants to receive the COVID-19 vaccine if they chose.

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Afghanistan national team cricketer and refugee keen to start playing professional in Australia

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For 29-year-old Afghan professional cricketer Javed Ahmadi, the refugee experience isn’t new as the opening batsman was born in a refugee camp in Peshawar, Pakistan.

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Refugee actor forges new life in Australia while his latest film awaits release

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Award-winning actor Faridullah Mohibi is grateful he and his family have found a new home in Australia after fleeing Afghanistan but he has fears for the colleagues he left behind.

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Cultural leader named Third Sector’s Influencer of the Year

Bashar Hanna with Influencer of the Year Award

SSI nominee Bashar Hanna OAM was one of 10 social change-makers announced winners at the 2021 Third Sector Awards, an annual award celebrating leadership and innovation in the purpose and impact-driven sector.

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Former coach of Afghanistan women’s national football team makes Newcastle home

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For 29-year-old refugee and former assistant manager of an Afghan Premier League team, Khorsand Yousofzai, the tranquillity of his new home in Newcastle, NSW, is just what he needs after a tumultuous period.

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From the CEO: Community response to Afghan arrivals exemplifies who we are in times of crisis

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Over the last two months, people from all across SSI have been working hard in the background to advocate for and support the resettlement of Afghan people in Australia.

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Indigenous Business Month, Powering the Indigenous Economy

October is Indigenous Business Month. SSI acknowledges that empowering Indigenous business empowers Self-Determination.  

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Generous donor gives laptops to refugee families struggling with homeschooling

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Many refugee families attempting to homeschool during lockdown are finding it particularly difficult without access to suitable technology.

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From the CEO: The sharp edge of gender inequality and the need for specialised services

Gender-based violence, including domestic and family violence (DFV) is the sharp edge of widespread gender inequality in Australia — affecting all individuals identifying as women, regardless of their cultural background, economic situation, ability, and age.

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How SSI helped Lin discover his passions after suddenly losing his vision

Shortly after migrating to Australia in 2015, Zhen Hua Lin suffered an allergic reaction to antibiotics that rendered him completely vision impaired.

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Manufacturing industry key to economic recovery in Sydney South West: How the Local Jobs Program is helping

Local Jobs Program Employment Facilitator for the Sydney South West region, Joudy Lazkany, has hit the ground running, facilitating connections with crane manufactures Eilbeck Cranes and placing four new employees in manufacturing roles.

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Refugee mother faced with unique challenges during lockdown

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Single mother and refugee Yasameen Al-Natrawee fled Iraq seeking temporary refuge in Malaysia, where she lived while waiting for a humanitarian visa.

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From the CEO: No-one can be left behind: vaccination rates in refugee communities

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After nine weeks of lockdown in the greater Sydney region, it has become increasingly apparent that mass vaccination, combined with ongoing restrictions, is the only way forward in containing the spread of the Delta variant.

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