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Healthy Basic Food At Low Cost

POSTED: 30th August 2017 SOURCE: Macarthur Chronicle 29th August 2017

Families, seniors and people doing it tough have been joining a fortnightly queue to buy a staples bag of food and household items since a pop-up shop opened in Campbelltown.

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MDSI’s HYPE Program

POSTED: 23rd August 2017

Helping Young People Excel

HYPE is an 8 week, youth program designed by MDSI. The program aims to help young people excel in different areas such as education, employment, training, health and fitness. The program supports young people to obtain new skills and knowledge, increase self-esteem and make social connections. The outcome is to enhance their academic, physical, social and mental wellbeing. Topics may vary and the last session is an outing!

MDSI’s HYPE program is for young people 12 - 24 from a multicultural background and new arrivals.

For further information or to register your interest in having this program at your school please contact:

Ivania Joya, Youth Settlement Worker P. 4627 1188 E. OR Kim Postill, Youth & Family Caseworker P. 4627 1188 M. 0490 679 248  E.



POSTED: 07th August 2017 SOURCE: SBS Arabic Radio 25th July 2017

MDSI launched a new project to encourage refugee women to start their own small businesses. More in this interview with Sana Al Ahmar.

(This audio is copyright to SBS).

Program: SBS Arabic Radio Interviewer: Saleem Al-Fahad Interviewee: Sana Al Ahmar Duration: 8 min 52 sec



POSTED: 13th July 2017 SOURCE: Facebook Good Morning Macarthur page 06th July 2017

This episode features the Speechcraft Workshop delivered by Toastmasters. This workshop was conducted as part of MDSI's Woman in Small Business & Employment Boot Camp programs.

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POSTED: 13th July 2017 SOURCE: Campbelltown-Macarthur Advertiser 12th July 2017

More than 60 members of the local Muslim community gathered at Koshigaya Park to celebrate the end of Ramandan - also known as Eid.

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POSTED: 13th July 2017 SOURCE: Campbelltown-Macarthur Advertiser 12th July 2017

One look at the variety of restaurants in Queen Street tells you all you need to know about the collection of cultures that call Campbelltown home.

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Women in Small Business Program

POSTED: 22nd June 2017

The Women in Small Business program is designed to provide business skills training and mentoring for culturally and linguistically Diverse (CALD) women to establish their own small business.

The Women in Small Business program was an amazing journey for a group of women who have ambition to run their own businesses.

The program was delivered over 13 sessions and including information needed to start-up a small business. It including marketing, social media, finances, networking, mentoring and also the opportunity to learn public speaking techniques.

MDSI is gearing up to run this wonderful program again and registrations are now open, so don’t miss the chance to get ready to launch your business next 2018.

Food Labels

Australia’s Food Labels Are Getting Clearer

POSTED: 29th May 2017

For many years, Australians have been demanding changes to origin claims on food labels – to be clearer, more meaningful, accurate and easier to find.

The Australian Government is introducing new food labels to make it clearer where the products you buy are grown, produced, made or packed.

Easy to understand labels will tell you at a glance where a product comes from, so you can make a clear and informed decision about the food you buy.

Most food produced, grown or made in Australia will have the kangaroo logo. Text and a bar chart will indicate the percentage of Australian ingredients.

Food that was packed in Australia will only feature a bar chart that shows the percentage of Australian ingredients. For imported foods, the label will clearly show the country of origin.

To see the new food labels, read the fact sheet or watch the animated information video, click the link below which will take you to information in a number of languages including; English, Arabic, Mandarin, Cantonese, Vietnamese, Korean, Greek, Italian, Spanish, Filipino, and Hindi.


SBS Arabic Radio Interview - International Day of Families

POSTED: 16th May 2017

Listen to Maram Ismail from SBS Arabic Radio interview Sana Al Ahmar regarding the International Day of Families

(This audio is copyright to SBS).

Program: SBS Arabic Radio Interviewer: Maram Ismail Interviewee: Sana Al Ahmar Duration: 8 min 22 sec

Casual Kulcha Program - Helping Young People Get Their First Casual Job

POSTED: 19th April 2017

Casual Kulcha is an interactive program developed for young people to increase the skills and knowledge needed to secure their first casual job.

The program is delievered over 8 sessions and includes the following topics:

  • Online job searching skills
  • Creating a resume that participants can take home on USB
  • Work place rights & responsibilities
  • Budgeting skills
  • Communication & interview skills
  • Local volunteering and work experience opportunities
  • Industry professional guest speakers
  • Ongoing case work support upon request!

For young people aged over 14 years from a multicultural background.

For further information or to register your interest in having this program facilitated at your school please contact Kim Postill, Youth & Family Caseworker - or Ivania Joya – Youth Settlement Worker –

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