WIN provides newcomers with the right resources to help learn about their new community, connect with others and integrate confidently into the Gladstone Region.
Information Session/Weekly Activity
Information sessions are conducted on a range of topics and as needs arise from our members. Every Thursday morning, WIN has an informal meeting which is open to everyone. At the meeting there are opportunities to meet new people, understand a little more about Gladstone, Australia and the people. The information session topics are varied and are based on needs of our members however previous topics have included:
“Integration is the opportunity to live in the community and be valued for one’s uniqueness and abilities, like everyone else.” (Salzer 2006)
Gladstone Port City Language Cafe
The Language Cafe is a window that connects to a world of cultures and positive relationships. It provides an opportunity for people to practice English language skills, help others learn and share languages with the community Everyone is welcome to embark on this journey. Come and meet new people.
Meets monthly on the 2nd Tuesday of each month from 9:30 - 11am at Gladstone Regional Council Library.
Find the latest stories and photos from our Language Cafe editions on the blog.
Welcoming Intercultural Neighbours Inc. (WIN) is in a position to understand the needs of the new arrivals and the needs of the broader community. WIN is proactive in supporting cultural diversity issues that are identified in our community. WIN will advocate on behalf of its members to ensure policies and procedures are fair and equitable to all. WIN has input into State and Federal multicultural policy review and actively participates in the Gladstone Regional Council’s Multicultural Policy development and implementation strategies.
WIN is a partner and driver of a number of advocacy programs and activities including:
Gladstone Multicultural Health Partnership
For the past 3 year since 2011 WIN has been delivering Cultural Diversity Forums annually with the participation of community key stakeholders including local and state government, industry and businesses, education, health and community service sectors in the Central Queensland Region.
Whilst a lot of work has been done in supporting migrants to become socially integrated and to obtain meaningful employment, it has been determined Gladstone would benefit from a collaborative and strategic response to CALD health issues.
And following recommendations from the forums, in 2012, WIN established the Gladstone Multicultural Health Partnership to plan and deliver achievable and measurable strategies to address the health needs of the CALD people in the community. Five top priorities were identified and the partnership would like to implement asap. Those include: Advocate on key issues, Increase awareness of services available, GP and Practice Engagement, Cultural Diversity Training and Training for Community Members when going to the Doctor or Hospital.
The forum identified 21 health specific strategies under 5 headings: Agencies, Collaboration, Policy, Promotion and Assisting Individuals. From this, six key areas of activities have been identified for action by a Partnership to be developed as part of this project.
The objectives of the project are:
Expected outcomes of the partnership's activities will aim to:
This project focuses on the Local Government Area of Gladstone, Qld 4680. Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) 'Estimated Resident Population' for the Gladstone Region, for the year ending June 2010, was 60,316. Twenty five per cent of Gladstone's base population (60,000 people) are families aged between 30 and 39 years, which is the largest group. Children under 11 years old represent 10% and residents over 60 years of age stand for nearly 15% of the Gladstone community (ABS, 2006).
Gladstone Multicultural Health Partnership Terms of Reference (PDF file)
Aussie Induction Sessions
Providing new to town and settled migrants with a greater understanding of Australian culture, building confidence and enabling quicker settlement in the Gladstone region.
• History of Australia and Gladstone
• Our Indigenous background
• Aussie slang and meanings
• Australian Government
• Australian Culture
• What Australians like to do
• Local places
• The meaning of sport to Aussies
and a whole lot more...
Welcoming Intercultural Neighbours (WIN) in conjunction with Amarna Pty Ltd conducts Aussie Induction for all our new overseas arrivals.
Newcomers to Australia are encouraged to attend this induction as well as people who have been in Gladstone for some time, who will still benefit from the information. To express your interest in this sessions or to organise an induction for your workplace contact WIN on 0487 422 142 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and/or a quote.
Caribbean Latino Experience (Evening Latino/Caribbean Night)
Annual event to support the Jamaican and South American community celebrate their music and dance. The event also highlights the Latino culture to many Australians who attend.
Annual Cultural Diversity Forum
To host a forum, bringing together community organisations, businesses, industry leaders, Government agencies and individuals to build opportunities in our culturally diverse world Central Queensland University.
Gladstone Multicultural Week
A celebration of the cultural wealth of the region represented through performers on stage and food & cultural stalls.
WIN end of year celebration and volunteer recognition day
To celebrate the year past and to recognise our volunteers
*Other annual events that WIN participates in include:
Gladstone Multicultural Festival
Australia Day Celebrations
Reclaim the Night Rally
Harmony Day Activities
Relay For Life
National Playgroup Week
Gladstone Dad's Day
High School Services Induction Day
Welcome to Gladstone Morning Teas (monthly)
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