Cultural Directions

Developing Pathways to Resilience through Cultural Conversations

Australia is a multicultural society and has always had a multitude of cultures and languages. Prior to settlement by Europeans, the Australian continent was inhabited by 100s of individual Aboriginal Nations with between 200 and 400 active languages at any one time. According to the most recent Census information almost half of our population was either born overseas or has at least one parent born overseas.

Australia has thrived thanks to our diverse culture which is strengthened by shared values and commitment to freedom, wellbeing and harmony.

By working together, as individuals, groups, public and private organisations and government, to make our communities resilient and connected, we ensure a harmonious future for the next generation.

Objectives

  • Promoting a greater understanding and acceptance of racial, religious and cultural diversity.
  • Encouraging social participation of migrants by actively participating in Australian society with a focus on engagement in the early education sector.
  • Aiding the development of social networks that cross cultural boundaries to ensure new arrivals are made welcome in the broader community.
  • Developing skills and cultural competencies to integrate into Australian life and to build community resilience.

Cultural Directions

Resources Library

Continuing the legacy of the Central Coast Multicultural Resource Centre, founded by Milka Roach, the Resource Library will operate from the Wyoming Community Centre. This service provides a wide range of excellent quality resources for early education and other child focused organisations to assist them in the delivery of programs that build knowledge and understanding of Australia’s cultural and linguistic diversity.

The online catalogue is accessible to member organisations and resources can be collected or sent by courier. Our staff can provide support member organisations in putting together a “Resource Pack” based on their particular needs and interests. You can browse the collection here or email deb@gosfordcommunity.org.au to enquire about membership.

Achieving School Success

The program is a parenting workshop developed for parents from CALD backgrounds wanting to foster their children’s wellbeing and success during the school years. The program will support parents from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds as they navigate the Australian system across the primary years.

We will partner with pre-schools, long day care, primary schools and local cultural organisations to deliver this program on the lower Central Coast in 2019-20 with the intention of expanding the program in future years.

CULTURAL DIRECTIONS - Developing pathways to resilience through cultural conversations. This program is funded by the NSW Government, Family & Community Services, Community Builders Program and from membership and workshop fees.