Migration and Settlement Services

Launch of Welcome Morning Tea Program

Wednesday 25th May 2022, 10am – 11.30am
Ballarat Welcome Centre, 25-39 Barkly St, Ballarat

This new program will help the settlement of new arrivals to Ballarat. We invite multicultural people who have recently settled in Ballarat and other community members who would like Translated information to welcome and say ‘Hello’ to new arrivals. We hope you can join us and give them warm welcome. This will be a monthly event held on the last Wednesday of every month. Kids activity space provided.

RSVP to Heeyoung by 20 May: hy.lim@brmc.org.au / 0491 066 247

Multicultural Women’s Friendship Circle Program

Starting Wednesday 1st June, 10am – 12pm
(1st, 2nd and 3rd Wednesday of every month)

Ballarat Welcome Centre, 25-39 Barkly St, Ballarat

BRMC invites you to the ‘Multicultural Women’s Friendship Circle’.

Every week, multicultural women can meet, talk, laugh, and share stories and skills with each other. In addition, we will arrange meaningful information sessions related to women’s mental, physical, economic, and cultural well-being. We will also celebrate our traditions, cultures, values, and traditional foods. We welcome everyone.

For further information, please contact Heeyoung: hy.lim@brmc.org.au / 0491 066 247

Stepping Stones to Small Business

The first 2022 Regional Stepping Stones Graduation was celebrated in late April, with 9 women from across Victoria completing the online Stepping Stones to Small Business training and presenting their business ideas to the group. Special guests at this celebration included the Hon. Michaela Settle, MLA, Stepping Stones Program Manager Marta Kreiser, and guest presenter Hien Blackmore.

The Stepping Stone to Small Business program is seeking Volunteer Mentors interested in supporting women’s enterprise by advising and guiding women in establishing their own small business. If you are able to commit to a few hours once a fortnight, then this may be the volunteer opportunity you are looking for!

Contact Deborah Klein on 0457 934 728 or d.klein@brmc.org.au for more information.

Diversity Homework Club Creative Workshops & Field Trip

In the lead-up to the Ballarat Begonia Festival and through the Term 1 school holidays, the Diversity Homework Club Creative Workshop program has been busy engaging students from the BRMC Diversity Homework Club in a range of hands-on activities.

  • Over two weekends, students and family members came together to craft the large-scale paper mosaic ‘Many Hands’ artworks to decorate the BRMC entry in the Ballarat Begonia Festival Parade.
  • In the first week of Term 1 school break, Homework Club students joined in a Pajaki Workshop, creating traditional hangings inspired by the many beliefs around the world about spiders and spiderwebs.
  • The second week of the Term 1 school break saw Homework Club students on a field trip to Avoca, where they visited the Fire and Water Chinese Garden; tried their hands at carding, spinning, and weaving wool at the Dawn Lim Studio and Gallery; and visited the Avoca Silo Art and Railway Gallery.

Social Support

BRMC Social Support were excited to deliver our first Health and Wellbeing Seasonal Lunch for 2022. Our clients enjoyed a delicious two-course lunch and joined in some fun games with prizes. Thank you to Ann Pitt and Sue Kennedy from City of Ballarat for presenting on the CoB Ageing Well in Ballarat Strategy and providing our clients the opportunity to have their say.

If you would like to know more about our programs, contact Teresa on 0417 109 052.

May Programs

  • Tai Chi: Tuesdays, 1pm – 2pm, $5
    Brown Hill Cricket Club, 30 Reid St, Brown Hill
  • Tucker Little Lunches: Delivered weekly to small groups, 12pm – 3pm, $10
    Ballarat Golf Club, 1800 Sturt St, Alfredton
  • Carer Support Hub: Thursday 19 May, 10am – 3pm, $10
    Brown Hill Cricket Club, 30 Reid St, Brown Hill
  • Bus Trip: Thursday 26 May, 9am – 4.30pm, $50
    Bendigo Art Gallery, Elvis Expo and two-course lunch.
    Leaving from Victoria Bowling Club, 231 Victoria St, Ballarat East

Bookings are essential – please call 03 5331 1123.