New website launch and updates of all Metro Assist's programs and events

Welcome to our NEW Website and Newsletter!

One of our guests showing her Star of Hope quilting project at our ANZAC morning tea
Welcome to our new look website and newsletter. In our 30th year of service, we thought we would revamp our website and keep you in touch with what we do. The new easy to navigate site and the information contained will help you readily identify what we do and support your referral or inquiry. Through the newsletter we aim to keep you up-to-date with new information and service offerings, and to share our clients’ success stories.
 
As we celebrate our 30th anniversary, we reflect on the humble beginnings of our organisation. Initially known as the Canterbury Bankstown Migrant Resource Centre, based in offices in what was the old Canterbury Library in Beamish Street, Campsie, the small team of workers specialised in migrant support. Today, our head office is still in Campsie, and we have offices in Ashfield, Bankstown and Condell Park. Our services include migrant settlement, family services, tenant advocacy, financial counselling, employment support and much more. We work with a broad network of services and specialist agencies to support our clients and we have a strong emphasis on community engagement through our many activities.  
 
We hope that you enjoy our newsletter and learning about Metro Assist. Simply click through to see our new website and learn more.
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Lou Bacchiella
Metro Assist CEO

 

Refugee Week Awards 


Almost 200 clients, stakeholders, staff and VIPs converged on the Orion Centre in Campsie for Metro Assist’s 30th Anniversary and Refugee Week Awards event. Guests were greeted with an Iftar dinner, as the event took place in the month of Ramadan.
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Syrian & Iraqi Refugee Forum


In response to the announcement of an extra 12,000 humanitarian places for refugees from Syria and Iraq, Metro Assist and Settlement Services International partnered to hold a full day forum in March.
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MoneyMinded Training


Join us for a a two day program to inform community education service providers about money matters. You will learn easy ways that you can share with your clients to deal with financial issues in a practical way.
Learn more and register

SkillME Graduates


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.
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We were happily surprised to find this note left for one of our financial counsellors when we were in a staff forum. It reads: "Thank you for your help as my financial counsellor. I have finished all the payment for the credit card. I'm free!!! Thank you very much."

Shaima's Story


Shaima had trouble when she first arrived in Australia. She missed her large family. But a parenting group run by Metro Assist Family Services helped her make friends and feel empowered.
Read her story

Refugee Parents Tour University


Almost 20 recently arrived migrant parents participated in an orientation excursion to the Australian Catholic University campus in leafy North Sydney as part of Metro Assist’s Special Tutorial Assistance Program (STAP) in May. The event, where parents learnt about the Australian education system, opportunities and mental health, marked the first session in this term's program, held at five schools in Sydney.

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