MRC Tasmania actively welcomes the opportunity to collaborate with service providers, government agencies and the private sector to achieve quality outcomes for clients. We foster innovative and creative ideas and work closely with our partners to achieve shared goals.
If you are you are interested in partnering or collaborating with MRC Tas to promote or deliver services to clients, please get in touch.
Here are three highlights from the 2016-17 year, where we have enjoyed many valued relationships:
Tasmanian Writers Centre
The Tasmanian Writers Centre, in partnership with the Moonah Arts Centre and Glenorchy City Council, placed a young writer at MRC Tas as part of the ‘Young Writers in Glenorchy’ program.
Kate Dewar took up residency at the MRC Tas for a total of 8 days during March and April 2017 to observe our services and interactions with clients and the community. Kate’s essay provides an important insight into the challenges that new arrivals face and the role of the MRC Tas and the Tasmanian community in helping migrants and refugees to settle successfully.
“They come to Tasmania not as guests, but as new members of the community.”
Visit taswriters.org/young-writers-city-glenorchy/ to read Kate’s essay.
Writer Kate Dewar. Photo credit: Jack Robert-Tisso
Surf Life Saving Tasmania
A special summer series on water safety was delivered in collaboration with Surf Life Saving Tasmania.
Community consultations with newly arrived Syrian and Iraqi communities indicated people had concerns about water safety in Tasmania. In collaboration with Surf Life Saving Tasmania (SLST), a program was developed to meet the needs of this group. The sessions took place during January and the beginning of February 2017.
The session started with an interactive information session for people of all ages. People learnt specific information such as how to identify a rip and what to do if caught in one. There was also an opportunity to get into the water where people learnt more about the role of Surf Life Savers in emergency situations.
The session was held at a beach that was accessible by public transport, ensuring that people could revisit the beach and park space again. At the end of the session, participants where very keen to visit the beach again and reconnect with the surf life savers on duty.
Hobart Community Legal Service
MRC Tas has partnered with the Hobart Community Legal Service to connect clients with important legal services and advice.
The Hobart Community Legal Service (HCLS) has been hosting weekly sessions within both the Adult and Youth Drop-in service, which has been very beneficial for clients, enabling referrals for sensitive legal information (e.g. family violence, divorce), and/or representation (e.g. for current legal proceedings). The needs of each client are identified through a legal screening tool. HCLS has also presented at a couple of MRC Tas information sessions including ‘Driving and the Law’ and ‘Elder Abuse’ to provide legal education to clients.