Centacare FNQ's Humanitarian Settlement Program has been working closely with the Community Engagement team over the past month to ensure that our families feel secure and safe through these unprecedented times of COVID-19. Centacare FNQ has a firm commitment to working collaboratively with our community partners so that our families are well linked into the broader Cairns community.
The Humanitarian Settlement Program team has been coordinating a weekly meeting with Trinity Bay High School and Cairns West State School since the requirement for children to learn from home came into effect in Term 2 2020. These meetings have enabled key partners to review the challenges of the week, ensuring that we are working together for optimal settlement outcomes while also identifying any gaps in our services that we need to meet. This has been a wonderful opportunity to work together to provide real wrap-around support with consistent and clear messaging for all our families. The group will be joined by other community partners this week including the Adult Migrant English Program (TAFE QLD), Bentley Park College and our local Refugee Health Nurses.
Postive feedback has been received from our families who have shared that they have been coping well with home learning and have been able to access all supports available to them. Families have also been grateful for the home schooling language support provided in addition to wellbeing check-ins from all stakeholders and programs such as Home School Savvy.
Working together with our community partners has made us feel we are making a real difference to the lives of our families.
You can contact Centacare Multicultural Services by calling (07) 4242 1058 or by email to [email protected].