COVID-19 Update

We are currently back in the office!

 

Our English Language and Computer classes will resume during the following times:

 

For updates on our other programs, please look through our website or contact our office:

Telephone: (08) 8212 0800

Email: admin@mwasa.org.au

Website: www.mwasa.org.au

 

We also urge you to look out for the COVID-19 updates on the SA Health website here.

We hope that you stay safe and practice social distancing and proper hygiene.

 

COVID-19 update

Our primary concern remains the health, safety and well-being of our members, the community we represent, our staff and volunteers. In light of the recent public health advisory and advice from the Government of SA and SA Health, we have made the decision to suspend our social group activities and classes until further notice. We are still contactable during these times at:

Telephone: (08) 8212 0800

Email: admin@mwasa.org.au

Website: www.mwasa.org.au

Please click here for more updates on COVID-19.

We hope that you stay safe and practice social distancing and proper hygiene. 

Available position: Project Officer

POSITION: PROJECT OFFICER

The Project Officer provides service and care to MWASA clients from refugee and CALD backgrounds.  We are looking for a mature professional who is competent, friendly and service-oriented.

The role is best suited to those who would like to contribute to the community through part-time work. 

20 hours a week.

$23-26 per hour depending on relevant skills and experience.

Key duties

  1. Manage project from work plan to implementation as well as preparation of project acquittal.
  2. Provide service to clients over the phone and face to face, conduct assessments, arrange relevant referrals and run programs.
  3. Increase client recruitment, development and satisfaction.
  4. Write detailed reports and prepare submissions to funding bodies and to management.
  5. Establish good communication and teamwork among staff, and with clients and volunteers.
  6. Ensure MWA policies, and health and safety protocols are implemented in areas of responsibility.
  7. Provide support for MWA events and general duties as assigned.

Criteria

  1. Track record in assisting and working well with people from various backgrounds and nationalities
  2. Initiative to carry out programs and solve problems to meet requirements with minimum supervision
  3. At least one, or preferably more, of the following:
    • training or experience in social work or counselling
    • experience in preparing grant applications or running programs to meet funding requirements
    • able to speak one of these languages – Dari, Arabic or Uyghur
    • substantial experience in customer service or volunteering
  1. Good written, verbal and communication skills
  2. Attention to detail, strong time management skills and confident using at least Microsoft Word , Excel spreadsheet and PowerPoint presentation
  3. Able to perform with integrity, tact and strict confidentiality
  4. Able to work a few hours on weekday nights or weekends 1-2 times a month

Expression of interest to be submitted to Admin Officer email at admin@mwasa.org.au. Closing date: 11 December 2020.

Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

Let’s Talk Nutrition

 

On the 22nd of October 2020, MWASA organised a Nutrition Talk for the CHSP* seniors. The talk was held in MWASA, with 27 seniors attending. The speaker, Sister Zuhrah Shafqat Ali spoke about the importance of eating well and staying physically active to improve general health and well-being.

 

She shared simple tips on how to enjoy a wide variety of nutritious foods daily. She explained the 5 food groups, and how to meet daily energy needs and lower the risk of developing chronic health conditions. The seniors were very engaged and participative during the talk. In fact, a number of them approached Sister Zuhrah after the talk to express their excitement in learning how to lead a healthier lifestyle.

Following the talk, Sister Zuhrah demonstrated on how to prepare a simple and healthy Mediterranean Salad. She also prepared a delicious butternut squash and chicken soup served with bread rolls.

The seniors had a wonderful time during the demonstration session as they were able to observe how simple it is to include lots of colourful vegetables into their foods.

 

 

*CHSP= Commonwealth Home Support Programme

 

CHSP Torrens River Popeye Cruise

The 1st of October was the International Day of Older Persons. In conjunction with the event, MWASA organised a scenic cruise along the Torrens River on the Popeye for CHSP* seniors.

 

Proper social distancing and precautionary measures were adhered to throughout the activity. The seniors were assisted by the friendly guide and advised to sanitize prior to taking their seats on the boat. The cruise trip lasted for approximately 45 minutes. The seniors had a wonderful and joyful time cruising down the river while enjoying each other’s company.

 

After the cruise trip, the seniors enjoyed a leisure walk along the Torrens River up to the gazebo at the Elder Park. They had light snacks while basking in the sun.

 

They also did some stretching to improve their flexibility and ease the movement of their joints. The seniors felt really good after the light exercise, resulting in a positive mindset and relaxed body.

 

 

The seniors thoroughly enjoyed the activity and had a wonderful time with great company on that beautiful day!

 

*CHSP= Commonwealth Home Support Programme

Sandwich Art and Recipes of Life for Youth

Following the discussion with the SETS* mothers who expressed concern over their teen’s screen time, Natale Rudland Wood from the Dulwich Centre conducted a session with the youths on 7th of October 2020 to discuss healthier activities to replace screen time when they are at home.  

Though it was a small group, the youth were very forthcoming with great ideas and requested to be involved in collating and presenting the Recipe of Life materials.

Subsequently, the youth participated in a Sandwich Art making activity, where they cut out their sandwiches into interesting shapes. They was also a demonstration on making healthy and delicious smoothies.

 

*SETS= Settlement Engagement and Transition Support

Social Saturday with Manal Younus

On 19th September 2020, MWASA organised a Social Saturday with Manal Younus for the SETS* youth as an introduction to the leadership program.

As an experienced facilitator, Manal inspired the youth to develop their ideas for leadership-building experience and the youths were excited to work on projects that they were passionate about. The youth thoroughly enjoyed the discussion with Manal.


*SETS= Settlement Engagement and Transition Support

Recipes of Life for Mums

MWASA organised the ‘Recipes of Life’ session for SETS* mothers at two different venues and dates to facilitate mothers with young children.

Natale Rudland Wood from the Dulwich Centre facilitated both sessions with the same theme on ‘Screen Time’. The mothers felt very comfortable sharing their personal experiences and opinion throughout the session. They found the session to be very helpful and useful where they learnt new strategies to build stronger relationships with their children. We also had Sister Dania assisting in interpreting the session. Overall, the session brought a fresh perspective on parenting.

 

*SETS= Settlement Engagement and Transition Support