Join MRC North and the University of Tasmania for a FREE workshop for international students and humanitarian entrants: Start Your Own Small Business
If you are thinking of starting your own small business, this workshop will help you learn where to start, and how to connect with the right people.
When: Monday 26 March 2018, 5:30-8:30pm
Where: University of Tasmania, Newnham Campus (Library, upstairs eLabs 1&2) See map below.
Refreshments will be provided.
Bookings essential. Register your interest by Tuesday 22 March 2018 to MRC North at 6332 2211 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do you need help with homework or school assignments for high school, college and university?
If you are a multicultural student attending secondary school or college you are eligible for this program. Just drop in to the weekly sessions during school term, and receive tutoring support in science, math, English, social studies, history, and more.
Note new days and times:
When: Wednesdays and Thursdays, 3:30-5:00pm
Where: MRC North office, 95-99 Cameron St., Launceston
Computers and wi-fi available. For more information call Sharon at MRC North at 6332 2211.
This program has been funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services, through the Settlement Grants Program.
SBS TV visited Launceston last year to meet Manorath Sharma, who owns the Namaste Bhutanese Shop. Watch Manorath’s story and find out his secrets to small business success.
Where: Airing on SBS TV, Small Business Secrets
When: Sunday 18 February 2018, 7am & 5pm
The Namaste Bhutanese Shop is located at 77 Georgetown Road, Newnham.
Details can be found on their facebook page: @NamasteBhutaneseShop
Join MRC North for a FREE workshop: Marketing Your Business
If you operate or are thinking of operating your own small business, this workshop will provide you with:
- Basic marketing, promotion and advertising strategies to help reach more customers and increase your sales
- A supportive place to discuss your business marketing needs
- Develop a draft Marketing Plan for your business
When: Tuesday 30 January 2018, 5:30-8:30pm
Where: MRC North Offices, 95-99 Cameron St., Launceston
Tea/coffee and biscuits will be provided.
Bookings essential. Register your interest at Reception by Tuesday 23 January 2018.
For more information, please contact the office at 6332 2211.
The Migrant Resource Centre North, in partnership with Masonic Care Tasmania and St. Giles, is pleased to announce a NEW FREE TRAINING PROGRAM to prepare migrants for jobs as a service worker in the aged care sector and a support worker in the disability sector.
PROGRAM 1: starts March 2018, one day per week for 13 weeks
The program will offer participants the option of exploring work opportunities in either the aged care or disability sectors. Aged care jobs will not involve personal care, but will be in service delivery roles such as working in the kitchen, delivering of meals, laundry, cleaning and possibly outdoor maintenance work. Jobs in the disability sector will be as disability support workers.
The Program includes a combination of accredited and non-accredited training in:
- First Aid Certificate
- Recognise healthy body systems
- Social inclusion and disability
- 60 hour of work placement (covering both disability and aged care services)
- Understanding professional boundaries, and providing personal care
- Manual handling
For more information, attend one of the following information sessions:
When: Thursday 8 February 2018
Time: Session 1: 10-11am or Session 2: 3-4pm
Where: Migrant Resource Centre North (95-99 Cameron St., Launceston)
Register your interest by phoning Nancy Pattinson at the MRC North office on 6332 2211 or on mobile 0418 363 710.
This program has been generously supported by MRC North, St. Giles, Masonic Care Tasmania, and the Tasmanian Government through the Department of State Growth.
Download the flyer: Jobs for Migrants in Aged Care and Disability Program One flyer
MRC North is pleased to support the Nitesh Raj Pant Screening in Launceston, a selection of award winning films presented at the 2015/16 Fusion Film Festival, which celebrates films directed, produced, and acted by talents and teams from diverse backgrounds.
Join Festival Director, Nitesh Raj Pant, and learn more about the Fusion Film Festival and hear about their plans for the 2017/18 Festival, and how you can be a part of it.
When: Thursday, 30 November 2017, 5pm for 5:30pm start, to 9:30pm
Where: The Tramsheds Function Centre, 4 Invermay Road, Launceston
For further details visit the event Facebook page
To buy tickets to the Screening, visit the event page on EventBrite
For more information about Fusion Media and the Fusion Film Festival, visit their website at fusionmediaproduction.com
MRC North’s Multicultural Playgroup celebrates Refugee Week 2017, and Victor Nekemiah shares the story of his new life in Launceston.
A successful partnership that started in 2016 with Charlie Rayner of Inveresk Tavern, the Community Kitchen project has expanded in 2017 to provide eight MRC North community groups the opportunity to take turns cooking traditional foods each Sunday, as the local pub hands over its kitchen to local migrant cooks.
ABC News featured cooks from the Bhutanese Kirat/Buddhist Association at Community Kitchen on 18 June 2017, coinciding with the launch of Refugee Week. Watch the video and read the feature article at ABC News: www.abc.net.au
Join the Community Kitchen each Sunday through November 2017:
When: Sundays, 12-2pm
Where: Inveresk Tavern, 13 Dry St, Invermay
For more information visit the Inveresk Tavern’s Facebook page: @theinveresk
The vision of the Community Kitchen is to create opportunities for new migrants to broaden their social and support networks and share their stories through food; raise cross-cultural awareness in the community; and provide an opportunity for the groups to raise funds for their community’s activities. The first Community Kitchen opened 3 July 2016.
Image credit: The Bhutanese Kirat/Buddhist Association of Tasmania at Community Kitchen 18 June 2017. Photo courtesy: ABC News – Sallese Gibson.
Refugee Week recognises the contributions refugees make to Australian communities. The following article appeared in The Examiner, clarifying the differences between asylum seeker, refugee and migrant.
18 June 2017, Refugee, asylum seeker – getting the terms right
By Piia Wirsu, The Examiner
Refugee week, launching on Sunday, will put the issues and contributions of refugees into the spotlight.
Despite refugees and migration regularly hitting the headlines, Migrant Resource Centre north chief executive Ella Dixon believes many people confuse the differences between terms like asylum seeker and refugees.
“There’s three categories that people get confused; asylum seeker, refugee and a migrant,” she said.
“An asylum seeker is generally someone who is seeking protection because they have some kind of real founded fear of being persecuted for reasons like race, religion, political opinion or membership of a particular group.
“A refugee on the other hand is a person who has fled persecution, and has sought protection and has been granted refugee status, and that status is provided by the UNHCR [United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees].
“A refugee can be residing in a refugee camp for years and also have the opportunity to return to their home country or wait for resettlement in another country.” Not every asylum seeker will be granted refuge and become a refugee, but every refugee is initially an asylum seeker.
“Just like we do in the disability space, we never say things like ‘disabled person’ anymore, we say ‘people with a disability’, so you describe their situation after you talk about the person,” Ms Dixon said. “[Similarly] ‘a person seeking asylum’ rather than ‘asylum seeker’, even just by the virtue of changing the words around you show different meanings and connotations.
“It’s important that the language we use actually is reflective of what’s going on and not to confuse them because that’s when you start to getting people being labelled, and in a world where all types of migrants at the moment are viewed unfortunately with a level of suspicion it’s really quite important to get the terminology and the language right.”
For more information on Refugee Week visit: www.refugeeweek.org.au
To see the original article by Piia Wirsu published in The Examiner visit: www.Examiner.com.au
At the 2017 Australia Day Ceremony, City of Launceston Mayor Albert van Zetten and Deputy Mayor Rob Soward presented the Community Event of the Year Award jointly to the Migrant Resource Centre North and Inveresk Tavern for the ‘Community Kitchen’ in recognition of its outstanding service and contribution to the Launceston community.
Receiving the award were Inveresk Tavern chef Troy Clark, MRCN Chair Jane Douglas and CEO Ella Dixon, and Inveresk Tavern owner Charlie Rayner, with Mayor Albert van Zetten (centre).