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2019 OUTSTANDING COMMUNITY AWARDS NOMINATION

As is customary during our Jamhuri Gala Dinner we shall be awarding community members who have demonstrated excellence in community service. If you are this individual or group of individuals please forward your nomination using the link below:

https://form.jotform.co/92943639498881

–updated 26th Oct 2019–


Located at Ultima Function Centre in Keilor, we promise you a night of delicious food, dance and performance to celebrate the day Kenya became a Republic. 

3 course dinner provided, selected wine and soft drink. Cash bar will be available to all guests. 

Early Bird Tickets on sale until 30 October 2019. 

Be in quick you will not want to miss out on this year’s celebration!


Global Sustainable Blue Economy Conference

–updated 01st Oct 2018–


Job Advertisement

Job Training Institute wishes to advertise for the following full time positions:
1. City Campus Coordinator and Student Admission Officer
2. IT Executive with demonstrable skills in social media
3. Campus receptionist

Please note that these jobs will be in Melbourne CBD. Applications to be emailed to: hr@jti.edu.au

–updated 28th Aug 2018–


RELATIONSHIP JOURNEY 2018

Is there someone special in mind or do you wish to strengthen your relationship with that special someone?

Book your tickets now for only $30 each and treat that special one to an interactive and fun-filled evening with dinner done Kenyan style and a spice of African beats, don’t miss an opportunity to impress her/him with your well rehearsed dance moves!

Theme: Finding and Nurturing A Relationship.
What are the experiences of looking for love today?
What is to nurture the relationship?
Why nurture the relationship?
How to nurture the relationship?

Guest speaker: Rev Dr Pastor Inoke | Counselor, Marriage Celebrant

Early kick-off 6.00PM sharp!

 

–updated 4th Aug 2018–


Antisocial Behavior during the teenage years: Understanding developmental risks

>>Report.pdf – Click to Open

Some of you may find this research article useful and helpful. It reinforces the need and importance of prevention measures. If constrained of time to read the whole article, just note some of the conclusions below…

Conclusions
Findings across these two studies describe key developmental features of delinquency that could be further targeted in intervention and prevention programs to reduce adolescent crime. First, programs and policies should work to reduce the salience of rewards for teenagers. One way to do so would be to highlight the temporary nature of antisocial rewards (such as impressing peers and an emotional ‘rush’), while simultaneously highlighting crime’s serious and long-term negative consequences (Modecki 2016, 2009). That said, efforts to counter teens’ reward perceptions should be deployed early on, well before 9th grade (age 14), because by this stage youth appear to have already identified crime as especially rewarding.

Second, programs and services should focus on emotion regulation and anger control in particular, to improve young people’s resilience and prevent delinquency (Landenberger & Lipsey 2005). Holistic approaches may be best suited to improving self-regulation and coping skills, including approaches that balance law enforcement with assisting youth and reconnecting them with supports from families, schools and communities.

These types of supports may be most effectively delivered in partnership with respected community members, by offering a range of support services, and by offering these within an open-door framework. In all, because offending among those in mid to late adolescence tends to be especially costly for society (Piquero, Jennings & Farrington 2013), these types of front-end interventions to divert youth from antisocial pathways early on should reap monetary and social benefits

–updated 30th July 2018–


Victoria Police’s new Contact card

Below is a link to Victoria Police’s new Contact card which may benefit our communities. Please share link with your networks/community groups.

The Intro…. “Many people don’t realise that when a police officer or PSO has asked a member of the public to provide their name and address, that person is also entitled to ask for the officer or PSOs name, rank and station… We spoke with Commander Stuart Bateson to learn more”

https://www.facebook.com/ victoriapolice/videos/ 2126138060791652/

–updated 30th July 2018–


Job Vacancy: Senior Policy Adviser

A critical and influential job at the federation of community legal centres. You don’t have to be a lawyer for this role. Have a look at the link below and pass to your networks.

https://m.ethicaljobs.com.au/ Members/fclcadmin/senior- policy-adviser-3

–updated 25th July 2018–


Information Session for Kenyan Students Studying in Melbourne

We’re running a short survey (takes about 75 secs) to help us organise an information session for Kenyan Students living and studying in Victoria. We would like to make this sessions easily accessible and convenient for all interested students to attend.

The survey will be active until 10th July 2018, please ensure you’ve submitted your preference by then.

If you’d like us to get in touch with you, please insert your email on the feedback/comments text box at the end of the survey. Please find the survey below. Thank you

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/QBTPT96

–updated 26th June 2018–


Deadline extension: Victoria’s Multicultural Awards

Good news: the deadline to nominate your diversity heroes for Victoria’s Multicultural Awards for Excellence 2018 has now been extended until 2 July 2018. If you know of an inspiring person or organisation that is making a real difference in the lives of multicultural Victorians, check out our top four nomination tips.

Read the full story.

–updated 16th June 2018–


Up to $10,000 Start-up grants to start With One Voice Social Franchise choirs – Rnd 6

We are very excited to announce our 6th With One Voice Social Franchise-Community Choir Grant round is NOW open, providing up to $10,000 in seed funding to community groups around Australia.

Start-up Funding Overview
Creativity Australia is building a happier, healthier, more inclusive nation, through the neuro-scientific benefits of community singing. The With One Voice Social Franchise program is about building supportive networks, strengthening diverse communities and inspiring individuals to find their voice.

Together, we can change the world… one voice at a time. With One Voice choirs are led by professional conductors, rehearse weekly followed by supper and perform at community and corporate events.

To make it easier for communities to start their own choir, Creativity Australia is offering a limited number of start-up funding grants of up to $10,000. Successful applicants will receive the start-up grant and join a 12-month intensive mentoring program to guide them through the process of building their own With One Voice Social Franchise choir.

Success is determined by our unique “Health of Choirs” indicators that measure member engagement and participation through our personalised program App. During the first six months one of our program staff will mentor the organizing committee to interpret the indicators and use them to focus their efforts to lay a strong foundation for the choir to succeed, be socially inclusive and build community wellbeing and inspirational outcomes for participants.

How the With One Voice Social Franchise program works
With One Voice Social Franchise programs are set up and ran by local volunteers using the resources and materials provided by Creativity Australia. By establishing a local community choir under the auspices of Creativity Australia (as a registered charity) you hold a licence that enables the choir to raise funds to support projects and initiatives at a local level. The choir is set up as an unincorporated association under the umbrella of Creativity Australia. This includes an independent bank account which is jointly managed by the local choir volunteers and Creativity Australia.

There are seven key components to the With One Voice Social Franchise program:
-bringing together a diverse range of local community individuals and organisations to promote, commence and participate in the program
-finding an extraordinary music leader (who is empathetic and inspiring)
-finding a safe, nurturing space to sing (that is accessible and close to public transport or infrastructure)
-seeking out diversity (all are welcome…all ages, backgrounds and cultures…no auditions)
-showcasing your choir … share the love (perform locally, celebrate accomplishments)
-nurturing social connections (rehearse weekly, share supper, share the “Wish List”)
-building sustainability (develop community & business connections, recruit some helpers, start fundraising).

Priority
Funding is not prioritized for any particular group or type of organisation, however, there is a set of criteria that applicants must meet. Please see the information pack that can be downloaded from the website for more information

Limitations
The organising committees of With One Voice Social Franchise Choirs must represent the community and applications will be assessed based on their diversity and/or plan to achieve diversity. If you would like assistance on whether or not your group or organisation would be suitable to help establish a With One Voice Social Franchise choir, please contact Creativity Australia. Please note, local and state government are not eligible to apply.

Applications / Guidelines
Applications Open: March 3, 2018
Applications close: June 1, 2018
Application methods: Online
Website: http://www. creativityaustralia.org.au/ choirs/start/
Guidelines: https://s3.amazonaws.com/ files.formstack.com/uploads/ 2294141/40401159/349838398/ 40401159_information_for_ starting_a_with_one_voice_ program_7-9-17.pdf
Application: https://goo.gl/forms/ 6EjBhqoNmkF4Suaz2

Contact Details
Nathan Lange – Programs Manager
Address: Creativity Australia – With One Voice
Level 1, 10 Dorcas St South Melbourne 3205 VIC
Phone: 03 8679 6088
Email: nathan@creativityaustralia. org.au

–updated 31st May 2018–


Wanted: Education Support – Executive Coordinator

The job can be accessed via the following link https://schooljobs.education. vic.gov.au/psp/ROLPPRD1_EA/ APPLICANT/HRMS/c/HRS_HRAM.HRS_ APP_SCHJOB.GBL/ PLEASE NOTE: you may not be able to view the job until later today or even tomorrow as it has only just been uploaded online.

You then need to put in Job Opening ID number 1119958 and then hit search. The job ad will appear down the bottom of the screen.

–updated 14th May 2018–


Job opportunities with DPC

Please find below the latest job opportunities with DPC.

EO2 General Counsel – General Counsel
STS Lead Architect, Family Safety – Enterprise Solutions
VPS6 Manager, Remuneration Tribunal Team – Governance
VPS6 Manager – Victorian Treaty Advancement Commission
VPS5 Senior Multicultural Communication Adviser – Multicultural Communication
VPS5 Project Facilitator – Aboriginal Victoria
VPS5 Senior Policy Officer – Aboriginal Affairs Policy
VPS5 Senior Policy Officer – Victorian Treaty Advancement Commission
VPS5 Senior Communications and Engagement Officer – VTAC
VPS4 Adviser, Recruitment – People and Culture
VPS4 Policy Officer – Economic Development and International
VPS4 Policy and Projects Officer – Aboriginal Affairs Policy
VPS4 Communication Projects Officer – Community Resilience and Social Inclusion
VPS4 Executive Assistant – Economic Policy and State Productivity
VPS4 Multicultural Communication Officer – Multicultural Communication
VPS3 Executive Assistant – Victorian Treaty Advancement Commission
VPS3 Policy Officer – Victorian Treaty Advancement Commission

Click here to apply for the roles above.

For a confidential discussion or for more information about these roles, contact DPC’s Recruitment team.

–updated 22nd Jan 2018–


Programs Manager – Settlement, Youth and Families

An exciting leadership opportunity has become available within the Brotherhood of St Laurence’s Multicultural Communities Team (MCT). MCT works with both established and new and emerging communities, building their capacity and supporting them to achieve their aspirations and ensure that they achieve successful settlement and full access to the social and economic life of Australian society. The Programs Manager – Settlement, Youth and Families manages family services and youth employment readiness programs with those from refugee, migrant and asylum seeker backgrounds. A key part of this is staff supervision, stakeholder liaison, contract management and service development. The position is responsible for the delivery of MCT’s Settlement services, including the State Government-funded Integrated Family Services (IFS) program in partnership with the North-East Child & Family Services Alliance and the Federal Government-funded Youth Transition Support Pilot. There is also the opportunity to contribute to the Brotherhood’s influencing work with government through policy submissions and build sector capacity through co-delivering Cross-Cultural Responsiveness Training. To meet the selection criteria, candidate will require:

qualification in Social Work or Psychology and extensive experience in providing complex Settlement with CALD individuals and families experience in leading range of innovative and effective initiatives to engage refugee and other CALD communities in decision making processes and embedding a culture of community engagement in programs demonstrated experience in program management and development of community services programs, including experience in contract management and meeting performance targets with multiple funding sources demonstrated leadership experience, including provision of clinical supervision and leading staff across multiple programs well-developed stakeholder relationship skills.

The position is full time at 38 hours per week. Salary will be between $76,132.68 – $79,610.44 per annum, based on skills and experience plus superannuation. Attractive salary packaging provisions are available to increase take home pay. For further information about the role please view the attached Programs Manager – Settlement, Youth and Families position description (PDF, 306kb) or phone Hutch Hussein on 0438 507 103.

Location: Epping (near train station, bus & bike path!)
Applications close: Monday, 22 January 2018 at 9am (not 5pm).

Applicants need to be available for interview on Wednesday, 24 January 2018.

–updated 18th Jan 2018–


Calling young people to have your say!

If you’re 16 to 30 years old, you are invited to meet with the Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Robin Scott, and tell him what you think of the draft African Communities Action Plan.

Event details
Tuesday 12 December 2017
5:30pm – 7:00pm
Parliament House, Spring St, East Melbourne
Please RSVP to attend

What is the draft Victorian African Communities Action Plan?
The draft Action Plan was released on 15 November 2017 and sets out a range of solutions to issues that young people experience, and many actions are focused on empowering youth to lead, and helping youth connect and work together better.
You can download a copy of the draft plan at multicultural.vic.gov.au.

Who is developing the plan, and why?
The plan is being developed by the Victorian Government’s African Ministerial Working Group, which is made up of African community leaders and young people. The draft Action Plan aims to address the needs of all African Victorians, especially vulnerable groups that could benefit from greater support, over a 12-year strategy.

The working group will submit the final plan early next year.

Have your say on what matters in your community.
If you can’t attend the meeting with Minister Scott, African Victorians of all ages can still email feedback to amwg.secretariat@dpc.vic. gov.au by 15 December 2017.

–updated 6th Dec 2017–


Jamhuri Gala Dinner 2017

The Jamhuri Gala Dinner is here, book your tickets early to catch the early bird offer(10% discount). Tickets will be selling fast, don’t miss your chance to scoop a deal. Purchase a full table of 8 and enjoy a further $40 discount in addition to the early bird, it’s yours for the taking!

Date: Saturday 18th November 2017
Time: 6:00pm
Venue: Glen Eira Auditorium – 246, Hawthorn Road, Caulfield 3162
Ticket Price: $75 – Single; $140 – Couple; $560 – Table of 8

10% Early Bird Discount for any of the above if ticket(s) purchased before 31st Oct

–updated 18th Oct 2017–


Super Community Care Services hiring

Super Community Care Services hiring casual support workers in disability, community and home support and aged care. Qualifications minimum certIII in aged care, disability and individual support. Experience 6 months preferred but those without will be considered too, police check and working with children check required and right to work in Australia. Apply with docs to info@suppercommunitycare.com.au

–updated 11th Oct 2017–


Melton Transport Community Reference Group

Are you finding it hard to get around the City of Melton? Are you tired of congested roads and trains? Are you frustrated about the current level of public transport service?You may want to join Council in campaigning to the State and Federal Governments for improvements to the public transport and road network in the City of Melton.

Melton City Council is seeking nominations from community members and local businesses to assist Council in:

·Prioritising actions from Moving Melton, Council’s Integrated Transport Strategy, to address congestion and reduce reliance on private motor vehicles.
·Formulating advocacy campaigns to secure funding from the State and Federal Governments to improve the transport system in the City of Melton.
·Creating community based advocacy campaigns to the State and Federal Governments.

There are 10 community representative positions available for a two year term.

Applications close: Tuesday 31 October 2017

For a copy of the Terms of Reference for the Community Reference Group or a nomination form, please visit Council’s website melton.vic.gov.au/transportCRG

–updated 2nd Oct 2017–


Survey to inform the African Communities Action Plan

The Victorian Government has asked the African Ministerial Working Group (AMWG) to lead the development of a four year African Communities Action Plan, to commence in 2018. The Action Plan will be a collaborative and long-term strategy to empower and improve the well being of African communities in Victoria.

On behalf of the AMWG, the Department of Premier and Cabinet would like to invite you to complete the short survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/AMWGActionPlan

The survey closes at midnight, Monday 18 September 2017. Your feedback will help shape the development of the Action Plan and is greatly appreciated. You are welcome to forward this link to other African Victorians who may wish to provide their views.

–updated 24th August 2017–


High Commissioner to Kenya

Today I announce the appointment of Ms Alison Chartres as Australia’s next High Commissioner to the Republic of Kenya, with non-resident accreditation to Burundi, Rwanda, Somalia, Tanzania and Uganda. Ms Chartres will also be Australia’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT). She will be accredited to the East African Community and the International Conference of the Great Lakes Region.

Australia enjoys warm relations with East African countries through our shared membership of the Commonwealth, the United Nations, the World Trade Organization and the Indian Ocean Rim Association.

We collaborate closely with Kenya on education, agriculture and counter-terrorism. Our commercial relationship is strong with Australian companies investing in Kenya’s mineral, oil and gas sectors.

Ms Chartres is a senior career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and was most recently Assistant Secretary, Development Policy and Education Branch. She has served overseas as Counsellor, Australian Mission to the United Nations, New York; Deputy Development Coordinator, Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI); Adviser, Solomon Islands Peace Monitoring Council; and as Second Secretary, Australian High Commission, Port Moresby.

I thank outgoing High Commissioner John Feakes for his contributions to advancing Australia’s interests in Kenya since 2015.

–updated 24th August 2017–


 Relationship Journey 2017

The Relationship Journey is back! Did you miss last year? Scroll below for a preview of what you missed.

Come receive the life changing tips on how to build trust and improve communication in your relationships. This session will be driven by an engaging and vibrant panel who will be sharing their life stories and experiences on the subject. To crown it all, we have the inspirational Barry Clarke as our guest speaker who will be summing it all up.

Did I mention that there will be Dinner (Kenyan Style) for $30 only? It’s all yours for the taking.

Date: 26/08/2016  06:00PM
Venue: Bulleen and Templestowe Senior Citizens Centre [293 Manningham Road, Lower Templestowe] Map
Tickets: $30, Limited spaces available! Click on the icon below to make your reservation today

–updated 06th August 2017–


Victoria’s Multicultural Awards

Award categories
· Victorian Multicultural Honour Roll
· Meritorious Service to the Community
· Premier’s Award for Community Harmony
· Multicultural Business Award
· Education and Early Childhood Award
· Youth Award
· Community Innovation Award
· Government and Civic Leadership Award
· Media Award
· Police Awards

Victoria’s Multicultural Awards for Excellence honour individuals and organisations that have made outstanding contributions to strengthening Victoria’s multicultural community.

Now in their 16th year, the awards are presented by the Victorian Multicultural Commission on behalf of the Victorian Government.

Click here to read more and submit your nominations. Applications close midnight, Monday 21st August 2017.

–updated 11th July 2017–


 VMC Commissioners Recruitment 2017

Passionate about representing multicultural communities?

Proud to promote diversity?

The VMC is currently seeking expressions of interest for the exciting positions of Member Commissioner and Youth Commissioner. Commissioners assist the VMC through a range of activities, advice and engagement to achieve its objectives as a vital conduit between culturally diverse communities and the Victorian Government.

If this sounds like you, don’t miss out.

Applications for these positions close at midnight on 1 July 2017 – find out more and apply at the VMC website

–updated 25th June 2017–


AFL Diversity Community Ambassadors

The state Government is in the process of putting together a multicultural youth network group made up of individuals from across the state and has requested that we share this opportunity amongst our networks.

Culturally diverse Victorians aged 16 to 25 are invited to become a member of the Multicultural Youth Network (MYN) and have their views heard on how to make Victoria a stronger, more cohesive state. If you are interested in this opportunity please visit the link below to apply:

http://www.premier.vic.gov.au/strengthening-victorias-multicultural-youth/

–updated 13th June 2017–


Victoria police recruitment Information night for diverse communities

Victoria Police are keen to open up employment pathways to the broad Australian community including CALD people.

The jobs are for police, police custody officers, protective services officers and public servants.

Please register on the link below as spaces are filling up fast. You can ask questions directly about how to ensure a successful application and interview.

Note: please bring your ticket and photo ID for entry to the information session night.

Register:  https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/victoria-police-recruitment-information-night-richmond-tickets-34841733563
Date:          Wednesday 7/6/2017
Time:         6pm for 6:30pm start until-8pm
Location: Richmond Police Station, 217 Church St, Richmond (near the corner of Bridge Rd)

–updated 31st May 2017–


Job Ad: Social Media Officer – Victoria Police

Hello friends,

Please pass this job through your networks. I worked in this department and they are a great team and the pay is good for a young graduate.  The closing date is this Sunday. I’m happy to answer any questions or help with cover letters for any interested candidate.

Good luck!

https://jobs.careers.vic.gov. au/jobs/VG-20033821

Zione Walker-Nthenda
0448 669 100
LinkedIn.com/in/zione

–updated 25th May 2017–


Incubate Education2Employment – Pathways to Policing

Hello all,

As part of our goal to create an inclusive society, we are offering scholarships to assist our community members to pass the compulsory entrance exam to join the police.

We recognise there are many mixed feelings in our community and we hope proximity of community to police through employment will help in some regard.

Please forward the link below to anyone interested in joining to attend our detailed seminar. The details are below. Registration is compulsory as seats are limited.

Many thanks,
Zione

Incubate Education2Employment- Pathways to Policing

Date:
Saturday, 18 March 2017

Location:
The Huddle, North Melbourne Football Club
204-206 Arden Street, North Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria, 3051

https://www.eventbrite.com.au/ e/incubate- education2employment-pathways- to-policing-tickets

Zione Walker-Nthenda
0448 669 100
LinkedIn.com/in/zione

–updated 2nd March 2017–


Rite of Passage (ROP) 2016

11 boys undertook 6 months counseling on culture, entrepreneurship, law, ethics from Jun 16. The activities included sleepovers and camps. The circumcision will be on 10/1/17 after which the boys will stay together for 10 days during healing.

There will be a homecoming ceremony at the end of Feb17 and to usher in ROP2017.

ANY DADS WITH BOYS READY FOR ROP 2017 please contact Milton, KCV Chairman 

–updated 9th January 2017–


Amb. Kabira Bereaved

It is with profound sadness that I announce the passing of Mzee Kabira father to Ambassador Isaiah Kabira. Mzee Kabira passed while undergoing treatment at a Nairobi Hospital two days ago.

Please uphold Balozi Kabira and his family in prayer during very difficult time. It is God who created us and it is Him who decides our time to join Him and in all situations we praise and glorify His Holy Name.

Chair, Kenya Community Victoria
Milton Njanja

–updated 30th November 2016–


Jamhuri Gala Dinner is here and gone, and what a success it was! 

Mimmie Claudine Chi Watts tagged you and Robin David Scott in a post.

Mimmie Claudine wrote: “Kenyan Independence Day or Jamhuri Day celebrations acknowledged some great #Kenyanambassadors doing great work in building their communities. Australian #Kenyans are a successful and thriving community contributing in all sectors of Society. I have all the positive reasons to support this community #TheAfricaWeWant Kenyans.co.ke

–updated 28th November 2016–


$80 Focus groups on Victorian Government Services

Research Connections is conducting focus groups in Melbourne, with people who have used Victorian Government services in the past 12 months. If you are interested in taking part – please complete the survey by clicking on the link below

https://www.surveymonkey.com/ r/65W278H

They will be in touch if your profile meets the specification for one of these groups!
(If you are unable to click this link directly please copy/paste into your browser)

Session times:
Melbourne (St Kilda Rd) – Monday 3rd October @ 6pm
Melbourne (St Kilda Rd) – Monday 3rd October @ 8pm
Melbourne (St Kilda Rd) – Tuesday 4th October @ 6pm
Melbourne (St Kilda Rd) – Tuesday 4th October @ 8pm
Melbourne (St Kilda Rd) – Wednesday 5th October @ 6pm
Melbourne (St Kilda Rd) – Wednesday 5th October @ 8pm

Incentive payment: $80

Duration: 1.5 hours