Your Donations at Work: Supporting the education of children and young people from a refugee background

Cultura is a long-time partner of the Foundation specialising in providing a support network and unified voice for multicultural communities the G21 region.

By providing culturally and linguistically diverse specialist services in settlement, training, disability, financial counselling, and aged support to people, Cultura is working to support culturally diverse individuals throughout their life’s journey.

In 2021, Cultura received an $18,160 Education and Employment grant from the Foundation to support their Family Learning program which is a wrap-around education program, and to assist in delivering their Sunshine Circles and their award-winning Homework Club programs in Colac.

The Foundation is proud to announce that Homework Club was once again a finalist in Centre for Multicultural Youth’s MY Education Awards in the category of the Outside of School Hours Learning Support Program of the Year!

The Homework Club operates throughout the school year, providing a free service for students who have recently arrived in Australia and are of refugee background. At the program, students bring their assigned homework and volunteer tutors provide one-on-one support as needed to ensure the students can successfully complete their work.

Running two sessions a week – one for primary school students and one for high school students – the program attracts more than 28 students each week.

Kerry Farrance, Head of Impact at the Foundation, said the Homework Club supports the students not only academically, but also helps their language skills and confidence.

“The Homework Club provides much-needed support to local CALD students in Colac to increase their confidence and literacy and numeracy skills as they settle into a new school in a new country,” said Kerry.

Thanks to your donations, the Give Where You Live Foundation was able to provide funding for this program to enable them to employ a coordinator to run these sessions and cover the costs of stationary and school supplies to support these programs.

To learn more about the programs funded in the 2021 Education & Employment grants, click here.