Muliticultural Community Centres
and Thornlie MCC
The Koondoola and Thornlie Multicultural Community Centres (MCC) provide culturally appropriate and holistic services to support refugee students and their families with respect to their health and their social and community needs. They are located at the Intensive English Centres (IEC) at Thornlie Primary School and Koondoola Primary School. A range of services are available to students of the Intensive English Centres and their families after they have exited the Humanitarian Settlement Services (HSS).
The Multicultural Community Workers at both Centres are employed by the Edmund Rice Centre WA.
THE ROLE OF MULTICULTURAL COMMUNITY WORKER INCLUDES:
- Providing support and advocacy, and referrals to other agencies as appropriate
- Community engagement, such as providing talks and workshops on topical issues
- Facilitating participation in youth and sports programs
- Organising school holiday activities
- Teaching school classes and clients about oral hygiene and providing toothbrushes for the children
- Identifying individual and systemic barriers to accessing services and developing strategies to address them
- Facilitating transition to mainstream schooling
- Assisting clients with all aspects of obtaining a tenancy
- Assisting clients with family reunions
- Developing and implementing collaborative projects involving the Intensive English Centres