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Young adventurers connect and gain confidence

Adjusting to life in a foreign country as a newly arrived migrant or refugee can be difficult and challenging. Newly arrived young people already experiencing all the normal life changes of teen hood can feel even more isolated and displaced than ever. Connection and confidence can shift this. The importance of supporting newly arrived young […]

June 14, 2019

Carers just want to have fun!

2.7 million Australians live every day in some form of caring role, according to the Australian Department of Social Services. That is, 1 in 8 Australians who may benefit from support, and occasional reprieve, from this highly rewarding yet demanding and often socially isolating role. Spectrum’s team note that while in their caring role, it […]

May 16, 2019

Building Harmony

Spectrum aims to deliver a holistic and wrap-around service response that assists clients to integrate, thrive, contribute and achieve, while actively promoting and embedding economic participation and social cohesion into service delivery. Spectrum’s proven track record, and deep experience combined with a contemporary client centred approach uniquely positions us to provide services that move seamlessly […]

May 15, 2019

Lights + Camera + Cultural Dress = Inclusion!

‘Cultural Diversity Week is a fantastic way to celebrate the everyday diversity of Victorians and reflect on what gives us all a sense of belonging in our multicultural community.’ Cultural Diversity Week 2019 gave enthusiastic Victorians an opportunity to celebrate and embrace both their own culture and those of others through various events across the […]

April 26, 2019

Feel at Home: creating a peaceful tomorrow

In the face of the horrific violence in Sri Lanka over this most peaceful weekend, Spectrum again stands firmly to denounce any act of hatred motivated by difference and extremist beliefs. We extend our heartfelt sympathy to the victims, their families, and their communities both in Sri Lanka and here in Australia.  We have been […]

April 23, 2019

Fresh air and sunshine creates connection, banishes isolation

Scientists have long known that both social isolation and feelings of loneliness can increase risk of illness and death in people.  And if, “looking forward to things, is half the pleasure of them” as LM Montgomery once said, then Spectrum’s adventurous excursion program, is multiplying the benefits of getting out and about. We are expanding the participants […]

April 23, 2019

Feel at Home: a movement that matters, now more than ever

Spectrum strongly condemns the act of terror targeting the Islamic community of Christchurch, on Friday 15th March.  We extend our heartfelt sympathy to the victims, their families, and their communities. More broadly, Spectrum firmly denounces any act of hatred motivated by difference and extremist beliefs. Spectrum has zero tolerance of racism, in speech, thought or […]

March 18, 2019

To Christchurch.

This afternoon we began to hear the tragic news from our neighbours in New Zealand of an incident of extreme violence at two mosques in Christchurch.  Reports suggest that these were attacks against the Muslim community and people expressing their faith in peace. On behalf of the Spectrum team I wish to express our sympathy […]

March 15, 2019

New partnership to tackle gambling harm in emerging communities.

Last year, Victorian’s lost $5.48 billion to gambling, with residents of Hume specifically accounting for over $109 million of that loss. Financial stability is a key component to feeling comfortable, and is a Launchpad to thriving in Australia. Gambling losses erode trust, and opportunity for entire families. Spectrum’s continuously evolving service offering now includes two […]

February 27, 2019

A search for authentic balance

The term mother language infers that it is the language of your childhood, the language you babbled in, as your tongue first tested the basics of speech.   Romantically, it conjures up thoughts of the words, songs and turns of phrase that washed over us as babes, said and sung by our parents and grandparents, the […]

February 21, 2019