The Community Action for a Multicultural Society (CAMS) Program at our Cultural Diversity Hub in the Toowoomba Fatima Centre focuses on increasing culturally diverse communities’ access to services in the Darling Downs South West Region, as well as improving agencies’ capacity for appropriate service delivery to refugee and migrant settlers.
CAMS is a network of community workers in metropolitan and regional Queensland, funded by Multicultural Affairs Queensland (MAQ), who support migrant and refugee communities, raise awareness of multiculturalism and promote the development of vibrant and inclusive communities across the state.
Our CAMS Program has been recognised for its contribution to multiculturalism in the region with the 2012–2013 Business Excellence Award from the Toowoomba Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the 2014 Friends of Africa Award at Parliament House Canberra.
We have developed a community training resource Strengthening Communities to help refugee and migrant families manage family life in Australia.
Strengthening Communites includes early intervention training modules, facilitation methods and materials for delivering workshops to new communities. The modules cover areas such as family life, parenting, intergeneratinoal relationships, education, the labour market, Australian law and health.
Our recent Mi Start Migrant Business Start Ups Expos in the Toowoomba and Southern Downs Region encouraged entrepreneurship among migrant communites, in partnership with TAFE Queensland South West and the regional Chambers of Commerce and Industry.
Our Toowoomba Multicultural Expo, partnered with Grand Central Shoping Centre, showcases traditional fashions, foods and performances by members of the region's communites, along with pop-up shops offering a range of crafts, textiles and activites from around the world.
The Fatima Women's Project works with Afghan and Muslim women from emerging communites in the Toowomba region to help them gain the skills and resources to settle successfully and be welcomed into the community.
We have trained African community members in managing a speakers bureau to work with regional high schools. We also supported the development of the AWCODA Guide for African-Australian Youth Mentoring (PDF).
We produce the Darling Downs Multicultural E-Bulletin for regional stakeholders, focusing on the region’s response to working with people from culturally diverse backgrounds.