It's Tax Time and the Australian Taxation Office has kindly provided volunteers to Metro Assist Offices to help you with your tax return.
Metro Assist was honoured to invite over 50 guests to celebrate the launch of two recently published books of migrant stories and recipes.
A collection of migration stories by Metro Assist.
Metro Assist once again were involved in many Refugee Week Events.
Over the past six months Metro Assist has seen a steady influx of clients with problems with granny flats. Tenancy and Financial Inclusion Manager Rita has tips to avoid the hidden traps when renting granny flats.
The first iteration of a directory of GPs who have self-identified to see patients from a refugee and CALD background has been released.
All women reported that they have not had a single beautiful day like this since the war broke out in their country Syria.
Are you a young person looking for a job? Did you know that having your drivers’ licence can help you find employment?
Driving is an important skill which is vital for life in Australia.
Dhilee came to Australia hoping for great opportunities after working for a large firm in Sri Lanka. However, he needed SkillME's help to get his dream job.
Since he arrived in Australia five years ago, Hussein has worked many casual cash-in-hand jobs.
A group of newly arrived refugees enjoyed the informative excursion to Canberra on 21 April.
We had a wonderful weekend at Milson Island with 25 young people from refugee backgrounds.
Congratulations to Marrickville STAP students who have done extremely well in their exams and are starting University in 2017.
Metro Assist is giving out free family tickets to the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 2017 season to eligible families.
Our Multicultural Social Support Group is back in Term 1, 2017 for more free and fun events.
Hicham Jansis came to Australia with his parents just two years ago from the war torn city of Homs.
A short documentary about the past, present and future of Metro Assist, which was established as Canterbury Bankstown Migrant Resource Centre in 1986.
Wonderful to see Rev Michael Palmer and the community of St Michael's Anglican Church, Vaucluse hosting refugee families in a pre-Christmas lunch. We are proud to partner with these remarkable people.
In December we say congratulations to the 11 students in the Cert III Individual Support group who have completed their training. This training is yet another successful collaborative project between SkillME, MTC Australia, BCA National and CASS Care.
We were proud to welcome over 100 staff, partners and distinguished guests to our 30th Anniversary event in Punchbowl.
We are proud to launch an important film for the Bangladeshi community: Just Reach Out. We hope this video can encourage communities to embark on a discussion about the difficult topic of domestic violence.
Metro Assist has now registered as a Company Limited by Guarantee. The change will mean we are fit and ready for the future, with a new Board of Directors.
With a fantastic turnout in three separate events in Ashfield, Marrickville, and Lakemba, it was another great year for raising awareness.
Thank you to all who came and helped launch our new office in the heart of Bankstown. It was a great event for all involved.
Are you a migrant or child of a migrant? We would love to hear from you!
Campsie Women's Health Clinic provides free preventative health services to any woman living in the Campsie area.
While Dress for Work is fundamentally premised on a social justice framework – equal economic participation for all – the project’s reach is far greater than that in terms of sustainable fashion.
Metro Assist is now serving the local community in Bankstown from 62 Meredith Street.
A survey of Conversation club participants shows the wide array of language backgrounds and what people have enjoyed most about Metro Assist's support group.
Almost 200 people turned out to a wonderful night of food and celebration to honour the former refugees who have given back to our community. We also launched our new website and newsletter in our 30th year of service.
A small group of parents and children have toured ACU North Sydney campus to learn about the Australian education system and begin their term-long STAP classes.
A showcase event held on 19 May received a wonderful turnout, all to see the students of the SkillME-facilitated Certificate II in Furniture Removal graduate. Minister for Multiculturalism John Ajaka was our special guest at the event.
Seven Metro Assist Staff including managers and case workers attended a half day training session which is being rolled out nationally. The Community Awareness Training is aimed at building resilience in the community, recognising anti-social behaviours and processes that can lead to violent extremism.
A new Government initiative is supporting parents to return to work, by extending support services to vulnerable families. Settlement Services International (SSI) and Metro Assist are working together to deliver the ParentsNext initiative in Bankstown and Condell Park where parents will be supported to prepare for employment by the time their youngest child reaches school.
One hundred and fifteen representatives attended the Forum on the Settlement of Syrian and Iraqi Refugees in response to the announcement of the intake of 12,000 refugees from that region. Among the speakers was Professor Peter Shergold, Chancellor of the University of Western Sydney.
Driving lessons for migrant and refugee youth are helping keep the Canterbury Bankstown area safe.
Dress for Work is a FREE service that provides professional business attire to men who are unable to afford quality clothing, enabling them to make a good first impression at important appointments and interviews. Dress for Work also provides job readiness...
SkillME, the project designed to help migrants and refugees to gain skills and get existing qualifications recognised, is undertaking another training package in partnership with MTC Australia which combines literacy, numeracy, and vocational training in furniture removal with pathways to training in forklift operation, warehousing and logistics.
After holding another youth camp over the weekend in Collaroy, we've had many requests for more!
Think Ability: The Power Within is a documentary about disability in the Arabic Community and features real stories of people from Arabic speaking background. Metro Assist produced the documentary and it was released on 7 October 2015.
July 1, 2015 marks the first day of the new Settlement Services Program (SSP) for newly arrived migrants, humanitarian entrants and refugees, delivered by the 22 member consortium NSW Settlement Partnership (NSP).