Why is community development important?
Community development is viewed by ASeTTS as a core component of working holistically with survivors of torture and trauma. We sometimes call this ‘community healing’.
ASeTTS acknowledges that trauma impacts not only on the ability of individuals to participate in their community, but that collective trauma can also affect the community’s ability to support its members.
ASeTTS believes that community development programs, in partnership with the participating communities, strengthen communities by building social capital, social cohesion and connectedness.
Recent examples of ASeTTS partnerships with new and emerging communities include:
- Burundi Twa Association Perth;
- Congolese Twa Association WA;
- Karen Welfare Association WA;
- Newly arrived Syrian Iraqi Communities;
- Madi Community Association WA;
- Future in Our Hands Afghan Youth Group; and more.
What social support programs can clients access?
ASeTTS runs social and community-based groups aimed at breaking social isolation and increasing clients’ participation in broader society. These groups (listed below) meet on a weekly basis throughout most of the year.
- Multicultural Men’s Group – Men’s group meets every Tuesday, for onsite activities and excursions.
- Multicultural Women’s Group (Women Together) – Women Together meets every Friday morning from 9.30-11.30am.
- Primary-school aged groups – ASeTTS works with primary schools to provide therapeutic and learning groups for younger children.
- High-school aged groups – ASeTTS works with high schools to provide therapeutic and learning groups for adolescent children.
Other groups can include group therapy programs, parenting support groups and partnerships with community organisations, including sports teams.
For all enquiries, please contact ASeTTS’ Community Development Coordinator, on (08) 9227 2700 or by email here.
Families in Cultural Transition Program (FICT)
Settlement in a new country is filled with new experiences, some are pleasant and some are confusing and frightening. Sometimes people feel very isolated.
The Families in Cultural Transition (FICT) program at ASeTTS helps people settle into their new communities by providing education and information about the new Australian way of life, so that they can adjust more quickly to their new home.
Each program consists of 5-6 weekly interactive workshops with 13 modules available to choose from:
- Using the internet
- Trauma and Healing
- Positive Parenting and Effective Communication
- Gender and Domestic Violence
- Youth and their Identity
- Children and their Needs
- Aboriginal History and Culture
- Australian Government and the Legal System
- Introduction to Australian Education System
- Civic Participation
- Human Rights and Justice
The groups work to develop friendships and contacts to help reduce isolation and build resilience. Humanitarian entrants and other vulnerable migrants who have been in Australia for 5 years or less are eligible to be referred to the FICT program.
Referrals can be made online HERE. In the additional information section please write ‘FICT Program’. For questions please call ASeTTS 9227 2700.