Nararcoorte Migrant Resource Centre opens new doors

WELCOME: Settlement Officer Yaseen Hakimi, Member for MacKillop Nick McBride CEO Eugenia Tsoulis, Multicultural Community Engagement Manager, Frances Kirby, and Naracoorte Lucindale Council Mayor Erika Vickery.
WELCOME: Settlement Officer Yaseen Hakimi, Member for MacKillop Nick McBride CEO Eugenia Tsoulis, Multicultural Community Engagement Manager, Frances Kirby, and Naracoorte Lucindale Council Mayor Erika Vickery.

The Naracoorte Migrant Resource Centre didn't let a little thing like a worldwide pandemic slow it down, opening a new office, introducing accredited english classes and formalising the Limestone Coast Multicultural Network, as well as supporting the vulnerable members of the community over the past few months.

While COVID-19 brought many organisations to a halt, the organisation simply saw it as an opportunity to get some work done.

The centre was forced to close its old office at the old TAFE SA site when that was sold in April so they took the opportunity to move the office to a more central location in Smith St.

CEO of theAustralian Migrant Resource CentreEugenia Tsoulis said the staff had been working hard over the past several months and had equipped the centre to offer accredited English classes in the coming weeks

"We are working with our partners Tafe SA and Adult Migrant Education to start accredited English language classes in October, " she said.

"We are running volunteer english classes at the moment, but we are keen to make sure the people that attend those english classes get accredited so that they are able to move forward.

"The fact we can get those eight hours of accredited classes is fantastic, it's been a long time coming."

"We will also launch the Limestone Coast Multicultural Network - it's been informal for a long time, but in the last couple of months we have had the opportunity to assist community members to create a constitution and formally establish themselves .

"I am pretty pleased with where we are going at the moment."

On top of all that work, the Migrant Resource Centre has also kept in contact with clients, assisting them through the pandemic.

"With the help of the state government and the Commonwealth we put in a different procedure for seeing clients, developed a multilingual telephone service, and also worked face to face and in small groups with the most vulnerable," she said.

"We have brought the women back into meetings because they were becoming very isolated and fearful.

"Our job over the last four or five months has really been supporting our migrant community, especially those most vulnerable and also working with other stakeholders like service providers, local government, and service clubs, so we can all collaborate to address the challenges."

"Get in touch with our staff, Frances Kirby and Yaseen Hakimi at our new office in Smith Street. We will officially open it later in the year."