Atherton Arthouse - a fun community engagement opportunity for Melbourne staff!
We are seeking staff volunteers to participate in a new art project alongside local primary school students from refugee backgrounds. These students come from predominantly low and very-low socioeconomic homes and recent community discussions have identified a need to support these children to continue to grow and flourish within the City of Yarra networks. As part of a response to this discussion, ACU Engagement are hosting 50+ children at the end of this month for an arts workshop, centered around the theme: “When I Grow Up”.
Your role will be to support the students to create a piece of art that responds to the day’s theme and to simply have fun! Children will have the option to have their art works exhibited on the St Patrick's Campus in Melbourne and the local community will be invited to view the work.
As part of the project we are liaising with Multicultural Arts Victoria to source an artist who identifies as either a person of colour, culturally and/or linguistically diverse or as coming from a refugee background, to collaborate on the project. If you know an artist who might fit the criteria and be interested in joining the program, please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Huge haul of winter woolies in NSW
In NSW, between our North Sydney and Strathfield campuses, a total of 191 clothing items were donated for the Winter Woollies appeal. These items have been sorted and distributed to Concord Baptist Church, North Strathfield, and St Canice’s Parish, Kings Cross.
The Concord Baptist Church will be using the clothing for the BaptistCare HopeStreet program which provides help to those affected by unemployment, relationship breakdowns, domestic violence, homelessness, mental health and addiction issues. Reverend ‘Johnno’ was extremely grateful to receive the donated clothing. He remarked that many of the people helped by HopeStreet feel ashamed of their situation, often because of the ridicule they face. Johnno believes that donating items in ‘near-new condition’ will help these people feel less ‘out of place’ and as a result cope better with their circumstances.
St Canice’s Parish is situated in the heart of Kings Cross in Sydney. They operate a soup kitchen providing lunchtime meals to the homeless all year round. At this location, St Canice’s also have housing facilities for asylum seekers and those on temporary protection visas. The parish also has social housing for retired nuns and those affected by homelessness. Faith-based meditation and prayer groups are also offered to help those affected by homelessness, serious addictions and mental illness. They also have stalls to offer free clothing and basic household items. St Canice’s is very much a nexus point for the marginalised and the disadvantaged of the Kings Cross community. Lynelle, the site manager, was extremely happy with the donated clothing and we have no doubt that St Canice’s will distribute the coats to those in real need.
ACU Engagement staff Peter Boyle and Daniel Ognenovski visiting St Canice's Parish.
Community engagement opportunities for staff
ACU Engagement is committed to ensuring that all ACU staff and students have the opportunity to make a contribution to their community that is feasible and meaningful to them, whilst meeting community needs in a way that is valuable and respectful. For a full list of community engagement opportunities for staff you can visit our Workplace group. Be sure to become a member to stay up to date with future opportunities.
For more information, to register your interest for an opportunity, or if you are aware of more opportunities you think we should know about, please email us at email@example.com.