By making a donation to SydWest Multicultural Services, you will be making a positive difference to the lives of individuals and families.
Make a difference to the lives of Multicultural Seniors
Isolation and loneliness are common issues facing many seniors in today’s society, especially when they have little or no English. Our Seniors and Carers support services are designed to help break that isolation and create important bonds within the multicultural seniors community, with regular outings, information sessions, group activities and special programs giving them important mental, physical and social stimulation.
For example, as a result of our recent Multicultural Seniors Art Therapy program (involving 40 seniors from across Western Sydney over 12 weeks):
+ Many of the participants reported feeling better because of the program, one claiming dramatic health improvements including reduced cholesterol levels and higher red-cell blood count.
+ Many reported that the program positively enhanced their connections to others and the community, particularly as they had been previously experiencing feelings of loneliness, isolation and depression as a result of being a non-English speaking senior in Australia.
+ Many said that the program gave them tools to handle depression, anxiety and a more positive attitude towards life.
+ All wanted the program to continue.
By making a donation, you will be helping to create further programs like this that enrich the lives of our ageing community – helping seniors to remain active and independent members of the community for as long as possible.
Make a difference to the lives of young refugees
Our youth programs are designed to positively engage young people from non-English speaking backgrounds – many of whom have arrived here as refugees and humanitarian entrants from war-torn countries. At SydWest Multicultural Services, we are helping to ease this stress by engaging and connecting these young people through sports, arts, education and resilience building programs as well homework help, swimming programs and holiday activities.
When 16-year-old Yaser arrived in Australia in 2015, he spoke little English and hadn’t been to school in over three years as his family had living as refugees in Jordan after fleeing the war in Iraq. Yaser explains what it was like starting school in a new country and how SydWest helped ease his transition.
By making a donation, you will be making a significant difference to the lives of new young Australians.
SydWest Multicultural Services
SydWest Multicultural Services is a public benevolent organisation. All public donations will enhance our programs which focus specifically on people most in need during initial periods of settlement as humanitarian entrants, people with disabilities, seniors, youth and children. Donations of $2.00 or more are gratefully received and fully tax deductible.