Our Immigrant Women’s Resource Centre facilitates a range of culturally safe activities to promote community engagement and skills development.
We provide appropriate spaces for participants to learn in a culturally safe and accepting environment.
English Conversation Class
Women from a diverse range of cultural backgrounds come together once a week to build their confidence in English. The class focuses on vocabulary, basic grammar and written skills. It is also a space to share insights and have conversation on topics which affect women’s everyday lives.
“I really enjoy the English class and learnt lots from exchanging ideas.”
“The most interesting topic for me was mindfulness and meditation. I found a very close link between meditation and prayers. It helps me to strengthen my focus and better control my thoughts during prayer.”
“Attending the English class helped me to feel confident in opening my mail and understand the content of the letter from Department of housing or Centrelink.”
Computer Literacy Class
In order to assist culturally and linguistically diverse women and respond to their needs, IWSA runs computer classes at various levels. The classes cover basic computer skills, how to search for information on the Internet, resume writing, tips for using social media and digital photography, and more.
“Gaining computer skills increased my self-confidence in using the computer independently, empowered me to look for information in the internet and communicate with my friends and family using email and Facebook.”
IWSA sewing classes are a practical and therapeutic activity for culturally and linguistically diverse women who want to develop their sewing and tailoring skills.
Participants get to develop their skills through a variety of sewing projects such as making pillowcases, skirts or saree blouses, or learning how to make alterations on various types of clothing.
Participants in the group often use their skills within their home life or to start their own tailoring businesses.
“Sewing can develop patience in every person”.