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Young and old celebrate multiculturalism at Western Bulldogs AFL game

Spectrum and Foundation House in Sunshine took 17 newly arrived refugees to attend the AFL’s annual multicultural round at Etihad stadium on Sunday, 30th July 2017 7 seniors from the Myanmar Sunshine Seniors group and ten young people from Iraq, Eritrea, Vietnam, Myanmar and Iran attended round 19 to barrack on local heroes of the Western […]

August 1, 2017

Spectrum continues humanitarian work

HSP Contract announcement by Sen. Hon Zed Seselja, Assistant Minister for Social Services and Multicultural Affairs. Spectrum is pleased to announce that, working in collaboration with AMES Australia, it has been appointed to provide the Commonwealth Government’s Humanitarian Settlement Program (HSP) in the North Eastern Region of Metropolitan Melbourne and looks forward to continuing this […]

July 27, 2017


Home-words Video Clip by Trixie Pavey, Spectrum, Youth Settlement On Tuesday 20th June we held a youth-led event for World Refugee Day. The event was the culmination of projects facilitated throughout term 1 and 2 with newly arrived young people studying English at Melbourne Polytechnic. While Spectrum led these projects, we couldn’t have done it […]

July 7, 2017

moving home

Spectrum is consolidating our offices.  Today is Move Day for our Dallas team.     From Monday 10th of July, our Dallas based staff are at our new offices on Level 5 of the Hume City Hub, the current site at 61 Riggall St, Dallas. On Monday 24th of July, our Preston based staff will […]

July 7, 2017

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

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