Ballarat Welcome Centre is our diversity hub offering a centrally located welcome place for new migrants in our region and multicultural and intercultural services, accommodation, hospitality, learning and training opportunities.
As Ballarat experiences increasing diversity many people seek to participate in this community place that is inclusive and enables creative enterprises, activity and connection.
The Ballarat Welcome Centre first emerged at the former Sacred heart Convent offering BRMC office space, meetings, markets, senior services, migration and settlement services, Heart Space drop in centre, artists in residence and will relocate to the Barkly Square in Bakery Hill in January 2019.
The Department of Social Services, through the Settlement Services Program (SSP), provides funding to assist eligible humanitarian entrants and migrants settle in Australia and participate equitably in Australian society as soon as possible after arrival.
In Ballarat this service is provided through the Ballarat Community Health Centre in partnership with Ballarat Regional Multicultural Council.
Download our Settlement Services Brochure
Useful link: diversitat.org.au
Migrant English Support
Trained volunteer tutors assist BRMC in providing help with the English Language for people who have migrated to Australia. The program provides Individual Tuition for Eligible Clients.
Eligible migrants can also take English classes at Ballarat Neighbourhood Centre or under the AMEP and SEE programs delivered by Djerriwarrh.
We can provide information about English tutoring and conversation classes available in the Ballarat region.
Diversity Homework Club
Need help with your homework and studies?
Why not drop into our Homework Club every Wednesday at the Ballarat Library (178 Doveton St. North) from 4.00pm to 5.30pm during school terms for primary and secondary school students. Assistance is provided by trained tutors with access to laptops and tablets.
We can also provide information on other homework clubs and after school learning support available in the region
For more information and to join the Homework Club please contact Deruka on 03 5383 0613 or firstname.lastname@example.org
BRMC takes a client-centred approach and offers flexibility within our programs. We welcome all enquiries and our assessment process is designed to discover how we can assist you on an individual basis.
Find out if you are eligible for BRMC Senior Programs by contacting Teresa on 03 5383 0613 or email@example.com.
Held on the second Wednesday of the month (from February through December), Multicultural Tucker provides an opportunity for people from diverse backgrounds to socialise. Enjoy a nutritious three-course lunch, featuring the cuisines of those in our CALD (Culturally and Linguistically Diverse) community and using traditional recipes.
Cost per person is $7.
Booking is essential. We may be able to assist with transport.
Health & Wellbeing Days
Come along and learn about healthy ageing.
Enjoy nutritious food, informative presentations and fun activities in a supportive, friendly environment.
$5 covers program, morning tea and lunch.
Join us at the Ballarat Welcome Centre for afternoon tea, conversation, friendship and join in a range of art & craft activities or outings.
Gold coin entry.
We may be able to assist with transport.
Four social Bus Trips are scheduled per year to various places of interest. Each trip includes morning tea and lunch.
$35 per person.
Home Visiting is designed to offer social interaction to seniors who are socially or geographically isolated, frail or disabled.
We match a trained volunteer with a client based on culture, interests and personality once a week for one hour. The service is free.
This service provides vital social interaction for isolated Seniors from the comfort of their home, enabling them to connect to others by phone for a friendly conversation.
We currently run a Maltese and Filipino Telelink service, and are planning to expand to other cultural groups including Hungarian.
If you know someone who might benefit from these services or you would like more information please contact Teresa on 03 5383 0163.
Refugee and Asylum Seeker Support Services
BRMC welcomes refugees and people seeking asylum. We offer volunteering opportunities, referrals for employment and training, information links to services, as well as fundraising for critical support at the Ballarat Welcome Centre.
Ballarat Refugee and Asylum Seeker Support Network (BRASSN) meet monthly at 1pm on the first Monday of each month at the Ballarat Welcome Centre.
This group plans support, social engagement, financial support and mentoring through community partners.
Eligible migrants are also assisted through our Settlement Services Program.
Auspiced Activities and Support
If your group or association is not yet registered we can help you with your funding applications. We can assist you or apply for funding on behalf of your association
For more information please contact BRMC on 03 5383 0613 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.