A picnic was organised for the SETS youths to have some fun during the school holidays, giving them the opportunity to participate in different activities and meet new girls from other backgrounds.
The day involved various dynamic outdoor games and activities which fostered friendship, collaboration, teamwork and developed leadership skills. Fourteen youths attended.
A discussion was had about programs throughout the new year. The girls were happy with the idea of ‘Social Saturdays’ where they get to meet more often and plan activities, and learn in the process.
In future the one thing we encourage participants to do is to be one time so that the program is not delayed.
Feedback from the participants:
“We wanted to have some fun and not be stuck at home”
“Coming here gave us break from house chores”
“We liked the races, games and enjoyed shared food”
“It was fun to socialise and meet new people”
Last week the second “Recipes of Life” session – organised with Dulwich Centre as a series for youths – was held. The idea is to provide a platform for the young girls to express any family issues they face after coming to Australia.
The focus of this session was a discussion around ways young girls can address issues when dealing with parents and provide tips. These tips will later be put together as a resource that will be helpful for other parents and young girls in similar situation.
The recipe was named “Fixing the Family”.
The session provided participants space to discuss and share issues that concern them. Most had similar issues but different ways to find solutions. It was based on many factors such as culture, family values and more. It will be interesting to see how all this unfolds when we discuss this recipe from the girls at the next session with mums.
“The session was helpful”
“We were able to express and comment”
“Never thought before things that we discussed and expressed today”
“Discussed things that we never spoke before outside in a group”
Immediately following the first Recipes of Life session for Mums earlier this month, the first Recipes of Life session was held with the youth. The program concept remains the same, to support inter-generational relations, however these initial individual sessions can address specific issues that the youth may be facing with settling.
At the start of the session, as an icebreaker, the girls were asked to prepare a tabouli salad. Everyone in the group shared in the different tasks contributing to the salad, so at the end the dish was named Multicultural Tabouli.
Through discussion some issues were highlighted in navigating life in a new country. A family that arrived 3 months ago confirmed that they had faced some issues, although most people are very helpful. Another issue mentioned by the girls was finding halal food and clothing.
This session was well attended with 15 youths attending. The participants said that they enjoyed the session.
Next session the youth will have more clarity on the purpose of the program and will work on developing the Recipes of Life along with some agreed-upon Tips.
Suggestions have been made for future programs, such as a gym session or sporting activity.
Earlier this month, on the 9th, the first Recipes of Life session was held for Mums.
The idea behind the Recipes of Life program is to support inter-generational relations and assist with any issues that parents might be experiencing. After individual Mum and youth focus group sessions, the groups will then be combined for the final sessions. Eight sessions in total will be run over the next year.
The Recipes of Life sessions provide an informal and comfortable environment for Mums to talk.
Natale Rudland Wood from the Dulwich Centre presented in this first session using recipes as a way to spark interest and initiate discussion.
The session began with everyone smelling different spices that Natale had brought. Natale asked each participant to share their memories that came with the smell. Some of the ladies shared their experiences since leaving Syria and the hardships they faced until reaching Australia. The also spoke about the challenges they face in a new country.
It was interesting to see how these women have coped with the challenges of life and how they want to be strong for their children. The children have noticed and admired the determination and resilience of their mothers and hopefully in the future would be in a better position to deal with their own challenges. The ladies have shown their determination especially with learning English in order to be independent.
It is absolutely inspiring to learn how circumstances have forced them beyond their previous capabilities, in learning new things in a new country without support. They have learnt survival skills and fought the odds.
A handful of ladies attended and the intimate size of the group seemed to encourage the ladies to open up a bit more and share more of themselves with the others present.
The discussions and recipes from the next few sessions will be compiled into a recipe book, that will hopefully assist other new arrivals with tips, advice and stories of bravery.
What the ladies had to say about this session:
It is interesting way of sharing our stories.
Not many people know about the things I mentioned today.