Social cohesion projects

Moreland City Council has committed to advance inclusion and social cohesion in the community in the Moreland Human Rights Policy 2016- 26 (PDF 1Mb).

In the 2017-18 annual budget Council has committed to three projects that advance inclusion and social cohesion in our community.

The Moreland Social Cohesion Plan

In December 2017, Coucil endorsed the Moreland Social Cohesion Plan 2018-20 (PDF 1Mb), which identifies key priorities and issues of concern for Council to consider to foster social cohesion.

The plan was informed by analysis of data which identifies perceived and real disadvantage at a suburb level and some priority communities at risk of experiencing exclusion. The plan will be implemented in conjunction with community organisations and partners.

Asylum Seeker and Refugee Program

The Asylum Seeker Refugee Program will delivered by the Brotherhood of St Laurence as Stepping Stones, which is a small business training program exclusively for women and men from refugee and asylum seeking backgrounds.

The program includes:

  • A five day Empowerment Program to discover strengths and gain financial literacy skills to choose your pathway to small business, employment or education.
  • A 10 day small business course tailored exclusively for women and men from refugee and asylum seeking backgrounds.
  • Mentor support
  • Referral pathways for employment and education opportunities.

Applications are open for a new program at East Coburg Neighbourhood House from March to June 2018. Download the Asylum Seeker and Refugee Program flyer.

For more information or to apply contact Helen Sartinas on 9422 5631, 0427 349 017 or email Helen Sartinas or visit Stepping Stones to Small Business program.

Social Cohesion Project being run by the Fawkner Neighbourhood House

Over the next two years the Fawkner Neighbourhood House will be delivering the Social Cohesion Project program in Fawkner with the support of Moreland City Council.

Activities include:

  • Setting up personal and employment mentoring relationships
  • Providing work placements
  • Job search skills training
  • Monthly Welcome dinners
  • Leadership training
  • Civics education and citizenship training

More information will be provided on the Fawkner Neighbourhood House website when the program begins in February 2018.