Helping newly arrived families form connections

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May 15, 2020

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The Chinese Families Playgroup volunteers are dedicated to helping Asian migrant families to settle in their local community.

The volunteer team do this on a weekly basis with compassion and warmth, delivering a playgroup program so popular there’s a waitlist.

“The team regularly organise events for traditional Chinese cultural festivals and Australian celebrations,” says Chinese Family Services Coordinator, Joseph Jin.

“They have engaged professionals to visit to link Chinese families in with mainstream services to help them find their feet in their community.”

The volunteers facilitate the operation of weekly playgroup activities and support the participation of parents in the sessions.

Their work involves session planning, art and craft design, singing and storytelling.

They also set up the venue’s indoor and outdoor activities, assist parents and grandparents to supervise their children, and pack up at the close of each session.

The team are all Chinese speaking and include a mix of university students, parents and professionals.

The volunteer team delivers the playgroup program three times a week, all year round.

Some of the volunteers are full time students, yet they find a way to commit to this program and their community.

Others work during the week, so spend each Saturday contributing to the program.

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