$45,000 - Fostering Integration Grant to Support Ishar Women Featured Image

Federal Member for Stirling, Vince Connelly MP, said today that he welcomed the Morrison Government’s latest investment in Stirling’s multicultural community with Ishar Multicultural Women’s Health Services receiving a $45,000 grant.

The latest round of the Morrison Government’s Fostering Integration Grants supports grassroots organisations that are helping migrant communities to be more resilient in times of crisis, encouraging community participation and breaking down cultural and language barriers.

“Visiting Ishar this week to announce the funding and hear from the women who work and their clients was a timely reminder of the importance of not-for-profits to the fabric of our society.

“This funding will bring together women from many different cultures to learn about health and wellbeing, improve their language skills and discuss health issues like domestic violence.

“Together with other organisations like the Metropolitan Migrant Resource Centre, Ishar is making a massive difference in Mirrabooka, supporting those who need their help the most, and I will continue to be a proud advocate for their work and for better ways to fund them into the future,” Mr Connelly said.

“Arriving in new country women miss their social connections and are eager to make new friends, learn about Australia and become familiar with the systems and services. This group will provide women with the opportunity to interact with women who are in similar situations and the camaraderie they will share will help them in their settlement.” Andrea Creado, CEO, Ishar said.

Acting Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs Alan Tudge said now, more than ever, was a time to support initiatives that unite Australians.

“As we have seen during the bushfires and now the COVID-19 pandemic, being part of a strong, welcoming community is so important for all of us, particularly migrants,” Mr Tudge said.

“We want all Australians to be able to participate in our society, know their community and work together to make our nation stronger.

The funding is being directed to projects that can comply with, or can be adapted to comply with COVID-19 social restrictions.

The program builds on the Government’s $71 million package of social cohesion initiatives.

It also adds to the Government’s support for multicultural communities during the pandemic, with key advice being translated into 63 languages and ongoing engagement through virtual round tables and briefings.


Organisation Background

Ishar Multicultural Women’s Health Services will launch Connecting to Community on 21st July providing Australian craft and educational workshops to refugee and migrant women.

The workshops will support refugee and migrant women as they transition to life in Australia by encouraging social connection and education about the Australian culture, the law and women’s rights, government and non-government agencies in Perth that are there to support their integration.

Ishar has provided vital health and wellbeing services to newly arrived Australians for more than 27 years, and are acknowledged as experts in the issues and challenges faced by migrant & refugee women including:

  • Language difficulties impacted by:
    • Limited English literacy & numeracy
    • Experience of torture & trauma; physical & mental health issues
    • Disrupted education; age & caring responsibilities
  • Barriers accessing employment; housing; education & training & mainstream services
  • Displacement from home & family, social isolation/exclusion
  • Domestic and family violence.