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Settlement Program

Settlement Program

Settlement assistance for migrants is now available in the Wimmera. The Wimmera Settlement Program is available to eligible migrants in Horsham, with outreach sevices to West Wimmera, Hindmarsh, Northern Grampians and Yarriambiack municipalities.

Eligible migrants are permanent residents with low level of English proficiency who arrived in Australia during the last five years as:

  • Humanitarian entrants
  • Family stream migrants
  • Dependants of skilled migrants; and
  • Selected temporary residents

Settlement services include casework, referrals, information sessions and support groups, to help migrants settle into life in Australia.

The Wimmera Settlement Program is supported by funding from the Australian Government/Department of Social Services under the Settlements Grants Program funding program.

For further information contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Settlement Worker.

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Cultural Diversity Week | 18-26th March 2017

Horsham is embracing Cultural Diversity Week and WDA Settlement services are working with a number of partners to deliver a multitude of events. Events are free but tickets are limited and selling fast. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any questions.

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After School Activities – Nhill and Horsham

The Wimmera Settlement After School ESL Activities Program targets migrant and refugee young people living in the Wimmera. The program aims to support the educational needs of young people and is inclusive of all wishing to attend. Each program has a trained coordinator and a number of volunteer tutors. Students attending are provided with afternoon tea and can participate in craft activities, as well as receiving assistance with homework tasks.
In Horsham the program operates each Wednesday of school term from 4-6 pm at the Wimmera HUB in Urquhart Street. Earlier this term the ESL Horsham After School Activities welcomed Maggie Bridgewater to the Coordinator's role.
Maggie brings a wealth of experience and enthusiasm to her role and we welcome her aboard.
We continue to appreciate the support of our volunteers who assist with the After School Activities project.

The Nhill program is held at the Lowan Building, Nhill College, from 3.30 – 5 pm each Wednesday during school term. Nhill After School Activities program offers a welcoming, fun environment for students to attend.
Please contact Julie Flaherty should you require any more information on the After School Activities programs.

Butterfly Playgroup Nhill

The Nhill Butterfly Playgroup is held at the Nhill Childcare Centre each Monday from 10am – 12. The cost is a gold coin donation. Everyone is welcome to come and join in the activities. Butterfly Playgroup provides a fun environment for children to play, learn and have fun together. All Welcome!

Jelly Beans Playgroup Horsham

Join us at Jelly Beans Playgroup in Horsham operating from 10am-12 each Friday during the school term. Held at the Early Parenting Centre in Darlot Street Horsham, Jelly Beans is a great way for migrant and all other families to form friendships, exchange parenting ideas and gain support from other parents. The cost is a gold coin donation. Everyone is welcome, come along and join the fun.

Young G Migrant Youth Group Horsham

Young Generation or Young G is a multi-cultural youth group supporting youths of diverse backgrounds and cultures living in the Wimmera. The group aims to create a “happy place” where youth can feel safe and comfortable while being involved with events to showcase their cultures. Young G will provide a range of events and fun activities as well as a venue where migrant youth can go to talk or seek assistance with homework or finding a job.

The youth group was officially launched on Friday March 20th with an event at Nexus Horsham by Mayor Mark Radford. Music was provided by local DJ Cardiac Chaos and live band Cherrypool. Foods from China, Thailand, Japan and Turkey were also a highlight of the evening.  Young G Launch video

Young G are supported by Ballarat Centre for Multicultural Youth, Wimmera Development Association, Nexus and Horsham Rural City Council. They are keen to continue to support newly arrived migrant youth with more information about the group available on their Facebook page www.facebook.com/ygenofAus.

Hindmarsh Shire Council Karen Community Plan

Launched in 2014 by Hindmarsh Shire Council, the Karen Community Plan was developed in consultation with the local Nhill community. It provides the strategic framework for the whole community, service organisations and agencies.  Download the Plan