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creating space for empowerment

Empowerment of women happens when we come together to make safe spaces, physically, mentally and emotionally, for women to choose their path for themselves. Change can be bold, and it can be nuanced.  It happens in every conversation, in every move.   Creating space for self-determination, and success, by the measure of your choosing, is the […]

March 7, 2017

Supporting families in a new culture

Newly arrived families are accustomed to living, and parenting, in a different country with a different culture to ours in Australia. When they migrate to a new country, there are a range of challenges they might experience, not least of which is the difficulties involved in raising children in a new place. Parents may question […]

September 5, 2016

Settling in Australia

Beginning a new life in an unknown country can be daunting for newly arrived migrants and refugees. Apart from getting used to cultural and social differences, people can experience a lack of emotional and practical support to establish a happy life here in Australia. At Spectrum we try to address this need by offering a […]

August 25, 2016

Helping older people feel at home

Home provides us all with a great sense of comfort and familiarity. We’re lucky that here in Australia, there are a range of options and services to help older people be cared for at home or have access to sustainable housing. With in-home care, many are open to the idea of having a carer come […]

August 9, 2016

Overcoming social isolation as a migrant

Newly arrived migrants can face social isolation and challenges on accessing relevant information and supports to help establish a safe and comfortable life here in Australia. The key to overcoming social isolation as a migrant lies within the local community. To minimise any feeling of social isolation, community-based activity groups are a great way to […]

July 28, 2016

How does the NDIS work?

As of July 1 2016, the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) was introduced to communities and individuals in each Australian state to give people with disability more choice and control over the supports they receive. It’s important to know where you stand with the NDIS and the many services that are available to ensure you […]

July 18, 2016

Memories of being a refugee at sea

Nicole Ray, a Team Leader in Spectrum’s Aged and Disability team, regularly meets with some of our Vietnamese planned activity group (PAG) participants to chat and partake in various social activities designed to keep the ageing migrants stimulated, independent and playing an active role in their community. Some of our Vietnamese PAG group members came […]

July 7, 2016

Introducing the NDIS

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is an Australian plan designed to provide a greater level of service and support to people living with a disability. The scheme begins to roll-out across the country from July 1, 2016 and will continue to do so over a period of three years. At present, people with a […]

June 30, 2016