CMY to deliver two new Community Support Groups with South Sudanese communities

July 30, 2018

CMY will deliver two new Community Support Groups with South Sudanese communities in Dandenong and Melton, funded by the Victorian Government.

The Victorian Government today announced funding for three Community Support Groups – two of which will be led by CMY – which will build community engagement and resilience in young people. Minister for Youth Affairs Jenny Mikakos said:

“We want young people who are engaged, driven and supported to reach their full potential – that’s what these Community Support Groups are about.”

CMY will co-design activities with communities and young people in Melbourne’s South East and North West, with the overall aim of strengthening services and support for South Sudanese families and communities.

This community-led approach will draw on the strengths of young people, utilising their skills and experience and empowering them to play an important role in developing strategies to address locally-identified issues of access and opening up opportunities for young people, their families and community.

What will the funding support?

CMY will establish and oversee two Community Support Groups in Dandenong and Melton. This will include:

  • Employing 11 new staff members to work with young people and families from South Sudanese backgrounds, providing culturally-sensitive support and advice;
  • Setting up Local References Groups to guide activities and operations in each location, comprised of community members including young people, and local and state government representatives;
  • Connecting young people and their families to new and existing activities and services that improve health and wellbeing, education, training and employment outcomes, as well as community participation.

Why is this funding needed?

We know that South Sudanese communities still encounter significant barriers despite the achievements that have been made by many members of the community. Many still face barriers to education and employment, including discrimination, which can result in isolation and disengagement.

CMY applauds the Victorian Government for investing in projects like this, which will provide much-needed support to young people from South Sudanese communities and their families.

Knowledge and Advocacy Manager Soo-Lin Quek said this funding will help to ensure more young people are empowered to actively engage in their community’s response to some of the key factors that lead to youth disengagement.

“We’re looking forward to working closely with Victoria’s South Sudanese communities to build understanding and awareness of the positive contributions young people are making to their community and Australia more broadly.”

CMY will recruit 11 new staff members from South Sudanese communities to deliver the Community Support Groups in Dandenong and Melton. These opportunities will be advertised in the next two weeks.

For more information on the Community Support Groups: