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Thank you Mayors of Greater Hobart for coming together to communicate this important message.

If you have any concerns regarding discrimination, Equal Opportunity Tasmania is available to provide advice and support to make a complaint. You can call them on 03 6165 7515 or 1300 305 062. For an interpreter call 131 450 first. Or visit www.equalopportunity.tas.gov.au
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There’s only just over a week left to get your story entries together – entries are due by midnight 31st May 2020! We’ve received a few great entries already but would love to see more!

We have mentors available for storytelling support, including video making!

There are new resources from The Story Island to help with story writing process – contact MRC Tas or The Story Island Project for these resources.

mrctas.org.au/event/storytelling-competition/
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This week is National Volunteer Week 2020 and together we are waving a smile of appreciation and honouring all the incredible people who give in many different ways across thousands of organisations.

Today we wave a BIG special smile of appreciation to our amazing MRC Tas volunteers! Thank you so much for your generous gift of time and energy as a volunteer of MRC Tas. You make such a positive impact on the lives of our Tasmanian multicultural community members ❤️

Who can you give a smile of appreciation to this week?

mrctas.org.au/volunteer/

#NVW2020 #waveforvolunteers Volunteering Tasmania Volunteering Australia
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Are you or someone you know a temporary visa holder and experiencing financial hardship as a result of COVID-19?

MRC Tas has been given a generous donation to provide free fresh and dried food boxes to people living in Hobart and surrounding suburbs who are experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19 (available to temporary visa holders and other migrants).

Boxes are packed with healthy, nutritious, and where possible, culturally appropriate food, intended for cooking in a home kitchen.

For more information and to register for this service, please call MRC Tasmania on 03 6221 0999 or email reception@mrctas.org.au. Please note there is limited capacity for this assistance.

A big shout out goes to the Glenorchy District Football Club 'RSEA Magpies' for providing support with delivery of these food boxes!

A big thank you to the Jetty Foundation for supporting this project.

mrctas.org.au/food-boxes-covid-19/
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During this year’s April School Holidays, our Community Development Team had to think creatively to find a way to engage our younger community members in the absence of face-to-face sessions. We decided to run a colouring-in competition! One of our wonderful volunteers, Peter, delivered colouring materials door-to-door (abiding by social distancing rules of course). He really enjoyed the opportunity to get out of the house!

17 children submitted their entries, which were judged by MRC Tas staff. 4 winners from different age groups were nominated. Feedback from the kids was that they had lots of fun and would like to do more activities like this in future. Prizes included games and activities for kids to enjoy at home with their families during this stay at home period.
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Translated information for parents is now available on the Department of Education's website.

www.education.tas.gov.au/parents-carers/translated-information-for-parents/

Parents can navigate to this page from the Homepage via the ‘Parents and Carers’ tab at the top of the page.
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If you have any concerns regarding discrimination, Equal Opportunity Tasmania is still available to provide advice and support to make a complaint. You can call them on 03 6165 7515. For an interpreter call 131 450 first. Or visit www.equalopportunity.tas.gov.au

There is also a factsheet available in 63 languages from the Department of Home Affairs: covid19inlanguage.homeaffairs.gov.au/racism-has-no-place-australia
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Shout out to our wonderful volunteers!!
We have been working to adapt the way in which our volunteers to help to provide ongoing support and services to clients. Volunteers are now providing support digitally and by phone.

The Phoenix Centre and Aged Care program volunteers have been in touch with clients on the phone to check in and provide support, the Humanitarian Settlement Program volunteers have started to provide remote drop-in support for tasks such as filling out forms and resume help, and we also have volunteers providing admin support. We are grateful for the enthusiasm and willingness of our volunteers to adapt to these changes and the support that they offer to MRC Tas clients <3
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Do you love telling stories? We are running a storytelling competition! Open to anyone aged 6 – 18 years from a refugee background living in Tasmania.

Submit a story using any medium – video, creative writing, audio, music, photography, art… it’s up to you!

Lots of prizes to be won!

Entries close 31 May 2020. Register now!

For more information and to register email communitydevelopment@mrctas.org.au or call 03 6221 0999.

Winning entries will be announced and showcased on the MRC Tasmania website and Facebook page during Refugee Week 2020.

mrctas.org.au/event/storytelling-competition/
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Ramadan Kareem to the Tasmanian Muslim Community. An important message from Prime Minister Scott Morrison to those observing Ramadan over the next month. ... See MoreSee Less

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The Tasmanian Government has announced more support for learner drivers by removing the L2 assessment and automatically extending L1 and L2 licences that would expire in the next six months, to September 30, 2020.

"Getting a driver’s licence is an important milestone in the lives of young Tasmanians, and we recognise restrictions imposed due to COVID-19 may impact those plans. The Liberal Government wants to ensure our learner drivers can continue to develop their skills during this difficult time."

michaelferguson.com/2020/04/more-support-for-learner-drivers/
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A wonderful and generous initiative by Hobart's Sikh Community <3Hobart's Sikh Community are generously reaching out for the most vulnerable and affected at this unprecedented time...

Thank You for your humanity, Sikh Community ✌️
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Meet Hobart resident and hip hop dancer Fabrice, who came as a refugee from Democratic Republic of Congo to Tasmania as a child and has found a connection to people through his love of dance. Film by Rebecca Thomson. ... See MoreSee Less

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Yoga/personal training in your living room!EXCITING NEWS ALERT:

Reclink is bringing you a month long program of hybrid Yoga/Thai Chi and PT via FACEBOOK LIVE.

Join your movement specialist - Wendy Hartshorn from Strength 'n' Energy - right here on Wednesdays at 10am and Fridays from 11am for your dose of movement and mindfulness.
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To keep our loved ones safe, we need our communities to stay home and spend this special time with their immediate households only. You are encouraged to connect with extended family and friends by phone, webcam or social media instead. By doing this we will help stop the spread of COVID-19, together.

Wishing everyone a safe, healthy and relaxing break!

This video is available in multiple languages:

Arabic: vimeo.com/405227061/88f341e603

Greek: vimeo.com/405312631/b5138b6172

Italian: vimeo.com/405227361/8d8f3b5435

Korean: vimeo.com/405297033/1fd0e000ca

Chinese: vimeo.com/405227137/e263051d18

Vietnamese: vimeo.com/405227407/f509d42a6c
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In response to coronavirus COVID-19 we have adapted our services and are working to minimise disruption to our clients’ access to support and assistance. Information about our services can be found on our website: www.mrctas.org.au/services-update-coronavirus/

For an update from our CEO visit:
www.mrctas.org.au/stakeholder-update-02-04-2020/
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