The Blue Mountains is home to people from many cultural and linguistic backgrounds.

The traditional owners of Blue Mountains are the Darug and Gundungurra peoples, who have strong and ongoing connections to their traditional lands, cultures, heritage and history.

Migration to Australia over the last 220 years from more than 200 countries has made Australia one of the most culturally diverse nations in the world.

We support initiatives that contribute to a safe, caring and inclusive community through the implementation of a range of community safety initiatives, community diversity celebrations, and the provision of support for people from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) backgrounds.

Blue Mountains Multicultural Service and Resource Directory

The aim of this directory is to assist service providers and community members with CALD specific service and resource information in the absence of locally based multicultural services. You can find the directory available for download in the Forms and Resources section below.

It is also hoped that by making this information available it will encourage local services to meet their access and equity commitments to CALD residents; and CALD community members will have greater access to available services, resources and information.

East Meets West: Exploring Cultural Diversity in the Blue Mountains Report

Was a research project funded and overseen by Sydney West Area Health Service, came about in response to concerns among service providers in the Blue Mountains about engaging with and providing culturally appropriate services to local residents from CALD backgrounds, in the absence of locally based multicultural workers.

You can read the full report and recommendations under the Forms and Resources section below.

Local Multicultural Groups and Services

Group Description Contact details
Blue Mountains Refugee Support Group Provide support and advocacy for asylum seekers and refugees in the Blue Mountains. George Winston 4782 7866

Wayne Buckman 4751 5062

bmrsg@aapt.net.au

English language classes at TAFE NSW

ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) provides students from Language Background Other Than English (LBOTE) with English language skills to enhance their access to, and participation in further education, employment and the Australian community.

Classes are offered at Katoomba and Wentworth Falls campuses of Blue Mountains TAFE.

Jann Dillon (Head Teacher of General Education, Blue Mountains TAFE) 4753 2128

ESOL classes are also offered at Nepean TAFE Penrith and Kingswood. Contact: Maria Reid (Head Teacher ESOL, Nepean TAFE) 4724 8264

Interpreter and Translation Service (TIS National) TIS National provide a 24 hour a day, 7 day a week nationwide interpreting and translating service. Phone: 131 450
Migrant Residents Association (MRA)

Blue Mountains Migrant Residents Association initiates and supports cultural projects and events to promote and celebrate the benefits of a vibrant and culturally diverse life in the Mountains.

Membership and participation in MRA activities is open to all members of the community.

Beatriz Cardona b.cardona@uws.edu.au
Mountains Community Resource Network (MCRN)

Mountains Community Resource Network is the local peak organisation for the Blue Mountains community organisations.

MCRN works with funded and unfunded groups and disadvantaged communities developing social justice collaborative networks and infrastructure.

www.mcrn.org.au 4759 3599
Mountains Multicultural Interagency (MMI) Mountains Multicultural Interagency is the Blue Mountains interagency forum addressing multicultural community issues in the Blue Mountains. MMI meets bimonthly in Lawson. C/- www.mcrn.org.au
Multicultural Playgroup

FREE playgroup for migrant families living in the Blue Mountains. Come and meet with other migrant parents and young children (aged 0-5 years) in a safe and supportive environment.

When: Fridays, every two weeks during school term between 10:00am and 12:00pm

Where: Blue Mountains Family Support Service, 2 Station St, Katoomba

Yola 4782 1555 or Jill 4739 5963 for dates or more information
Nepean Migrant Access (NMA) NMA is set up to provide relevant services and programs to address the needs of migrants, refugees, humanitarian entrants and long term residents from CALD backgrounds in the Nepean Region. www.nma.org.au

9833 2416

Older Migrant Social Group

Come and share your culture and your stories with this friendly lunch group.

When: 1st Tuesday every month

Where: Mid Mountains Community Centre, Lawson

Mary Clements, Blue Mountains Food Services, 4759 2811
TAFE Outreach

Outreach provides 'second chance' education opportunities and return to work training at various community locations within the Blue Mountains.

Outreach enables participants from language background other than English to improve employment skills or move onto further education opportunities.

Denise Newton 4759 2039
TAFE Multicultural Adult Education Advice and Support for People with Language Background Other than English (LBOTE) For advice on Overseas skills and qualifications Recognition, advice on Educational pathway, advice on Temporary Residence Visa status, Learner Support to assist with English language and course content, Bilingual services, support and referral to interpreting and translating services and organising and running vocational English courses. Dennis Smith (Institute Multicultural Education Coordinator) 9208 9595 or dennis.smith@tafensw.edu.au

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