HelpLand Emotional Support Centre
ABN: 19 476 932 954
Women's Migrant Support Group
History of this group
Our Women's Migrant Support Group started in September 2009 as a
ministry of the Salvation Army Lake Community Church in Forest Lake
with meetings once a week in the church and became an independent
work having the meetings once a month in my house for one year. In
a home environment, we became extended family for each other. The
group grew in knowledge and understanding about the settlement
process and in how to deal with all the feelings associated with
immigration through the delivering of information and psycho
education by the facilitator, guest speakers and members.
The members also developed friendship and love to the point that we
started a roster having the meetings in the participant's houses as
well. More than just acquiring information, offering their houses to
host the meetings and sharing their delicious traditional food during
the meetings in the afternoon tea time, this group has been sharing
their hearts by even helping each other in moments and needs in the
daily life. This is an open group with a limited number of 10
participants at a time, and every new member is always received with
respect and love. This group is making a difference in many lives.
Who can attend the Support Group Meeting?
Our Support Group meeting is designed for all migrant women above
18 years old, who came to Australia to live here permanently or for a
short period of time and are facing difficulties in dealing with any
issues related with moving to and living in another country.
What happens in our Support Group?
Within a Support Group meeting they will find out that everyone is at
a different level of their adaptation in the new country. Some will have
histories to tell about their journey and their trials and tribulations
which can be an example, an encouragement or an inspiration for the
new arrivals. During the Support Group meeting, the women can
realise they are not alone and many share a common goal. They can
learn strategies on how to overcome feelings such as fear, anxiety,
depression or loneliness in a new country. They will understand a bit
more about this hard but normal process of settlement in a new
country. Whilst the group is therapeutically beneficial, the purpose is
not to provide counselling support, intensive psychological, or
psychiatric support or therapy. We provide information, and do try to
focus on finding positives in situations and helping one another to
manage and overcome problems.
More information and bookings:
Glaucia Barbosa: 0410 955 514 or firstname.lastname@example.org