You may be finding it challenging if you have recently arrived in Australia, especially if you are a refugee or have experienced trauma in the past.
We offer services to support to you and your family.
New and Emerging Communities
You may like support to adjust to Australian life, perhaps with education, employment or accessing services.Read more
The New and Emerging Communities Program works in the City of Playford and can help with these challenges. The program aims to reduce the impact they have on the health and wellbeing of the community, so people can build a sustainable life for themselves and their children in Australia.
The program includes:
- providing access to education and improving health and wellbeing
- one-to-one appointments
- referral to agencies that can provide support
- informal sessions with Playford Council for parents to discuss and identify issues facing them
- parenting sessions based on people’s needs
- family fun events to connect emerging communities with the mainstream Australian community
- events to celebrate and share culture.
Communities for Children – New and Emerging Communities
We can provide formal and informal group activities to support your child’s wellbeing and development, safety and family life. This includes providing parents with skills and knowledge around parenting and understanding schooling requirements.Read more
We run activities at various community sites including community centres, our Smithfield site and local schools. At various times of the year, we also run fun family events in local parks.
You can access this service if you live in the Playford, Onkaparinga and Port Adelaide Enfield Council areas.
Run together with the Clayton Wesley Uniting Church, Hope’s Café offers people from the eastern suburbs and surrounding communities – including refugees and those who feel disengaged and vulnerable – a place to get to know others and develop a sense of belonging.
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Delicious, healthy and affordable meals are served at the café on a ‘donate what you can’ basis. The café also has:
- English classes for Iranian, Korean and Afghani students
- assistance for asylum seekers with the preliminary stages of their applications, and refugee protection
- employment workshops
- art and craft activities
- a visiting Welfare Rights Service
- a meeting place for community groups.
The café is open from 10am to 2pm on Wednesdays and Fridays.