Social cohesion projects

Moreland City Council has committed to advance inclusion and social cohesion in the community in the Moreland Human Rights Policy 2016 – 2026 (PDF 1Mb)

In the 2017-18 annual budget Council has committed to three projects that advance inclusion and social cohesion in our community. 

The Moreland Social Cohesion Plan 

In December 2017, Coucil endorsed the Moreland Social Cohesion Plan 2018-20 (PDF 1Mb), which identifies key priorities and issues of concern for Council to consider to foster social cohesion. 

The plan was informed by analysis of data which identifies perceived and real disadvantage at a suburb level and some priority communities at risk of experiencing exclusion. The plan will be implemented in conjunction with community organisations and partners. 

Asylum Seeker and Refugee Program

The Asylum Seeker Refugee Program will delivered by the Brotherhood of St Laurence as Stepping Stones, which is a small business training program exclusively for women and men from refugee and asylum seeking backgrounds. 

The program includes:

  • A five day Empowerment Program to discover strengths and gain financial literacy skills to choose your pathway to small business, employment or education.
  • A 10 day small business course tailored exclusively for women and men from refugee and asylum seeking backgrounds.
  • Mentor support
  • Referral pathways for employment and education opportunities.

Applications are open for a new program at East Coburg Neighbourhood House from February to June 2018. Download the program flyer (PDF 937Kb).

For more information or to apply contact Helen Sartina on 9422 5631, email Helen Sartina or visit Stepping Stones to Small Business program.

Social Cohesion Project being run by the Fawkner Neighbourhood House

Over the next two years the Fawkner Neighbourhood House will be delivering the Social Cohesion Project program in Fawkner with the support of Moreland City Council.

Activities include:

  • Setting up personal and employment mentoring relationships
  • Providing work placements
  • Job search skills training
  • Monthly Welcome dinners
  • Leadership training
  • Civics education and citizenship training  

More information will be provided on the Fawkner Neighbourhood House website when the program begins in February 2018.

For more information about any of the program contact Diversity Officer, Nelum Buddhadasa on 9240 1225 or email Nelum or contact the Social Policy Officer, Petr Svoboda on 9240 2467 or email Petr