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ASeTTS Volunteer Coordinator Takes the Australian to Task – and Wins!

June 22, 2011

ASeTTS Volunteer Coordinator Jim Sharp has had his complaints against the Australian newspaper using the terms “illegal immigrants”, “illegals” and “illegal immigration” upheld by the Australian Press Council.

Jim, a long time and hardworking stalwart at ASeTTS complained about three opinion articles by Greg Sheridan published in the Australian on October 23 and 28, 2010, and March 5, 2011.

The Press Council upheld Jim’s objection’s noting the use of such terms contravenes their guidelines which note that the descriptor “illegal(s)” is very often inaccurate and, because it typically connotes criminality, it is unfair.

The Australian really should know better, having a similar complaint upheld by the council in July 2009.

Jim is happy with the outcome of the complaint which has involved much work and effort.

Hopefully the Press Council’s decision will ensure these derogatory terms will avoided by the Australian media in future.

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Building community computer skills

June 8, 2011

As part of ASeTTS’ efforts to respond to identified community needs, it partnered with WorkVenture and delivered a two one week community computer lesson sessions recently. Workventure is a Sydney based social enterprise that works with people at risk of social and economic exclusion who are seeking to improve their lives. They have recently developed a range of initiatives to provide specific resources to bridge the digital divide and assist newly arrived migrants or refugees to enter the Australian job market and workplace.

The community computer training sessions were taken place between the 2nd -13th of May  and they delivered intensively between 9:00am to 5:00pm for a period of 5 days each .A total of 16 enthusiastic people from various communities attended and completed the training successfully.. The sessions were tailored to suite participants with no or minimal computer knowledge and skills. The course introduced participants to the basics of IT and assisted them with building their confidence in using computers as well as the internet.

Feedback gathered from participants indicates that the participants found the training ‘suitable’ to their level and ‘extremely effective’ in terms of responding to their needs.  At the end of the training, participants were given Certificate of Attainment covering some following units of Cert 1 in IT.

This was a fantastic opportunity for ASeTTS clients as computer skill has become increasingly essential in both work and personal life. The training was also an opportunity for the participants to establish relationship with members of other communities who share similar interest.

Pene Welsh – ASeTTS Business Development Manager

June 1, 2011

Bringing to ASeTTS many years of business experience, Pene’s background includes working in a number of organisations, both large and small, in the petroleum, mining, health, education as well as the finance and banking and information technology industries.

Pene has a Master of Business (Marketing) and her thesis subject was about choice in secondary schools and was a Senior Lecturer in Business at Curtin University Graduate School for 10 years. She was the first to implement software that allowed teams to study in an online environment and received a Vice Chancellor’s award for her work in this area. She has delivered conference papers on this topic as well as small business development as a result of her work with business owners in the Curtin University Growth Program. The delivery and management of Quality Service as a speciality subject area led to the development and delivery of a number of television and video programs which were broadcast over the GWN and OTEN networks.

As one of the start-up owners and a director of a software development company specialising in Aged Care, Pene was responsible for developing all the marketing, from initial market research of the industry, product and organisational branding through to product sales and training. This lead her to the role of CEO of a Registered Training Organisation, specialising in the in delivery of Liquor Licensing courses and Certificate IV Government for both Statutory Compliance and Investigation.

Pene is currently the vice chair of the Midland Job Link Incorporated board a not for profit organisation in Midland, she has been working with MJL since 2006.

Pene is passionate about ASeTTS being the leading agency in the delivery of services to torture and trauma survivors.

Place of Reflection

March 30, 2011

The Place of Reflection is currently being built in Kings Park, a result of many years of hard work to raise funds for it.

This is a joint initiative of the 5 organisations: Healing Hearts Foundation, Sids and Kids WA, The Compassionate Friends, Soroptomist International of South Perth and ASeTTS who formed a consortium to built the place that would be dedicated to all those who suffered loss of loved ones/those who lost their culture/country, whose grief is constant and who may not be able to visit a grave of their loved ones.

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March 17, 2011


The Board of ASeTTS has appointed Allison I’Dell as the new CEO. Allison will start her new role on 21 March. Allison brings to ASeTTS extensive community development experience and clear strategic leadership. The Board looks forward to working with Allison and the ASeTTS team in their ongoing work with refugee communities.

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ASeTTS Multicultural Parent and Child Group

September 13, 2010

The Multicultural Parent and Child Group is meeting every Friday at ASeTTS community hall, 9.30 – 12. It is a safe and friendly environment facilitated by professionals to encourage positive play between parents/caregivers and their children. It is free of charge and morning tea is provided.

Some of the benefits are:

–          for children to have fun, play with other children and learn appropriate social skills

–          for children to enjoy indoor and outdoor play

–          better readiness for school

–          building on the positive attachment between parents/caregivers and their young children

Any refugee families with children aged 0-5 are welcome to join the group!

ASeTTS staff show support for Asylum Seekers

August 20, 2010

ASeTTS Staff showing off the t-shirts

As part of a grass roots national campaign to counter the fear around “boat people” and asylum seekers, ASeTTS staff donned “not afraid of boats” t-shirts. The campaign was organised by an ex-ASeTTS staff member now living in Queensland. T-shirts were distributed via Facebook to friends and politicians to wear on and leading up to election day to show their support for asylum seekers.