Multicultural Communities find connection and support as they emerge from the COVID-19 Pandemic

Multicultural Communities find connection and support as they emerge from the COVID-19 Pandemic

Community and Cultural Connections Inc (CCCi) is providing a range of programs, services, and support for culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) community members to improve social connections, wellbeing, and resilience as we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Following the success of their crisis relief food program in 2020, CCCi are continuing to provide support for older people at risk of isolation and loneliness.

CCCi are offering a suite of culturally specific programs and support services aimed at older people, vulnerable people, and those with special needs. As the community begins to emerge from the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been growing evidence that the pandemic has exacerbated a number of concerning issues in our communities, including family violence, poor physical and mental health, financial stress, and inadequate housing. The programs and services offered by CCCi aim to target those who require support with a culturally sensitive approach.

Accessing the right information and support is not always easy, particularly for those who may not speak fluent English. Barriers to help-seeking can include cultural attitudes, lack of available in-language information, or fear and distrust. Provision of culturally sensitive services and support is critical to reaching out and effectively supporting the diverse members of our community.

Supported by Multicultural NSW, the Better Together at Home and Community project aims to reduce social isolation and boost the resilience and holistic wellbeing of CALD people at risk. Group activities will provide an opportunity for participants to connect with their peers in their own language in a safe, friendly, and culturally appropriate environment. Through engaging with targeted communities and activity specialists, CCCi have designed a wide range of activities on offer – from dancing and active movement to mindfulness and art therapy. Fun and engaging activities are often the best way to make connections and find support from peers, and offer a soft entry to community and support services. Activities are being delivered to for Turkish, Vietnamese, Arabic, and Chinese groups.

Additionally, one-on-one support can be accessed via phone, online, and face-to-face. CCCi’s qualified community-language support workers will be able to provide crucial contact and support for those who are most vulnerable. Programs and services will be delivered flexibly to suit the wide-ranging needs of the community.

The CCCi team can provide assistance in Vietnamese, Chinese, Arabic, Turkish and Greek languages. Regardless of language spoken, anyone in need can contact the CCCi office on (02) 8507 2027 or 0404 937 298, email admin.exec@ccci.org.au.

Funding for the Better Together at Home and Community Program has been provided by the NSW Government.

For more details of our organisation please go to https://www.ccci.org.au.

For further details & media enquiries:

Vi Pham, Executive Officer, 0404 937 298 vi.pham@ccci.org.au or

Susan Chen, Community Development Officer, 0470 593 207 susan.chen@ccci.org.au