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Dear SICMAA’s Members, Friends
This year we celebrate 39 years services to our community. We are approaching our 40th Anniversary very quickly. 40 years of servicing the community will be a fantastic milestone to pass.
We would like to share with you all , our advisor Mrs.Merle Mitchell AM passed away on 20th September 2021.Merle was a truly remarkable person.She was compassionate, humble and tenacious advocate for justice, humanity and the disadvantaged in our community. She had left an undeletable mark on whoever she met, worked with and cared for.
It was a great privilege for me to know and worked with Merle since I came to Australia , Springvale Community Aid and Advice Bureau , Enterprise Hostel Project …
She was our Advisor , our community partner and our best friend for life.
It’s very sad and unfortunate that we all can not farewell her in person due to the lockdown.
She will be forever missed and remembered in our hearts, especially for those who associated with SCAAB.
Rest in Peace Merle. We love you and forever.
With the support from all bodies government funding, all our hard working staff , IT group, volunteers, we set up the system so everyone can work at home to continue to assist our client by phone,by email,by post,by video conferencing like Zoom.
One special Grants I would like to report to you is Volunteer Grant.
In 2020/2021, SICMAA received a Volunteer Grant of $5,000 under the Families and Community Programs. With this grant,SICMAA was able to establish,maintain and develop a group of Vietnamese women, carers, elderly, people with disabilities who are socially isolated and have very limited social connections.
The group meet weekly at SICMAA and participants have an opportunity to socialize,share knowledge and update information related to government services. Besides,volunteers from other organizations also come to our group in order to exchange experiences in voluntary works. Members of our group now become volunteers in community activities such as Clean Up Australia Day or Good Friday Appeal. From 20 members at the beginning, now we have 50 members who are volunteers in different program at Sicmaa. Members of this group now become leaders in recruiting and maintaining other small volunteer groups who are engaging in various programs at SICMAA including family support services,counselling Service,and English programs.SICMAA also engages members in voluntary work in business sector in order to enhance their employment aspects and explore new experiences .
This grant not only help SICMAA to raise awareness about voluntarism in the community but also assisted the disadvantaged Vietnamese people especially women to engage in positive activities in order to break isolation,develop motivation and strengthen harmony in the family and the community as a whole.
SIMAA has a dream 12 years ago until now, we love to set up a cooking school to introduce our Vietnamese cooking and exchange our Australian cuisines.
We hope one day with a strong support from the local government, business associations and volunteers we will achieve our goal.
Many years we thank and dedicate our love and thanks to our volunteers who give up their time with their families to lent us their knowledge, wisdom and expertise, and their love and compassion to help another human being to make this world a better place to live in.
Thank you for all your support and attending 2021 AGM.
We hope you enjoy this year’s AGM and have a wonderful Christmas and New Year.
BE HA OAM, JP
Springvale Indochinese Mutual Assistance Association
Dear SICMAA’s Members, Friends
This year we celebrate 38 years services to our community in a very special way. It’s a first time our AGM has been held in Zoom.
Due to COVID-19, The City of Greater Dandenong advised us that we have to close our office from 20/3/2020.
However, our services did not stop but continued and even increased in activities. We change our service plan for every single project to make sure we are still serving our community effectively in different way despite the Covid-19 crisis. With the support from all bodies government funding , all our hard working staff , IT group , volunteers , we set up the system so everyone can work at home to continue to assist our client by phone, by email , by post , by video conferencing like Zoom .
We have English and Computer Class on Zoom. Students are really happy learning in new method, they gain experience through new technologies.
Instead of having Excursion within Victoria, with Shared Screen on Zoom they can visit around the world under instruction from teachers …..
The services from In language Gambling Counselling and Support Services, Integrated Family Violence Support Service, Family Service are running very well. We organize many training such as Mental Health First Aide course to all staff and our Management Committee …
On line training: Managing Sleep / Fatigue, Stress, Selfcare
We distribute special gifts, health and Food packages to our clients, special elderly people, disability groups, carers group on Father’s Day, Mother’s Day, Gambling Harm Awareness week.
Assisted 2020 Good Friday Appeal in donating on line instead of doing Tin Shaking.
We joined with another 8 organisations, ICV is our Lead Agency. We provided a special Project WORKING FOR VICTORIA which is funded by the State of Victoria as Represented by its Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions. We have a special program to assist to those affected by Covid -19 crisis. It has been started since 7/9/2020.
We proudly produced the wonderful 2021 SICMAA Calendar with 12 delicious popular healthy Vietnamese cuisines and the recipes. The calendar was supported by Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation , Enhanced Pathways to Family Violence Project.
Also myself as President of SICMAA, I am a member of the Fund Raising Team of the proposed significant project, Vietnamese Museum of Australia (VMA) in Barkly Street, Footscray, Maribyrnong City Council. The proposed VMA will include a museum, gallery, education and community spaces, It has combined Federal Government, State Government and private funding of over $15.5 million and would be develop and managed by the Vietnamese Community of Australia (VCA)
Wow, what a big, busy year of the challenge with everyone. The Covid 19 pandemic affected everyone, everywhere.
We have come a long way and the journey so far has both up and downs, many initiatives and services have started and of course, we have made many life -long friends and many wonderful people have worked and helped us and the people that need help.
These are certainly too many wonderful people, especially the volunteers, we thank and dedicate our love to them who gives up their time with their families to lent us their knowledge , wisdom and expertise , and their love and compassion to help another human being to make this world a better place to live in.
We would not be as successful as we have been without all our friend’s and our friend’s help.
Together we continue to provide many years of services to our community.
Wishing you and your family a lots of good luck good health and happiness always.
Stay safe, stay healthy.
BE HA OAM, JP
Springvale Indo-Chinese Mutual Assistance Association
Hiệp Hội Tương Trợ Người Đông Dương Springvale (SICMAA) được sự tài trợ của chính phủ tiểu bang Victoria có chương trình đặc biệt để trợ giúp quý vị gặp khó khăn trong giai đoạn COVID-19.
Tại SICMAA, một đội ngũ nhân viên được tuyển chọn và thành lập gồm những người có khả năng và tâm huyết để phục vụ giúp đỡ đồng bào khắp các vùng Đông, Đông Nam, Tây và Bắc Victoria.
Chúng tôi biết rằng trong thời kỳ khó khăn do đại dịch COVID-19 gây ra này, đồng bào không chỉ cần về thông tin mà còn cần sự hổ trợ thực tế trong các lãnh vực khác như sức khoẻ, nhà cửa, Centrelink, tìm việc, …
Các dịch vụ của chúng tôi bao gồm:
- Cung cấp các thông tin về COVID-19
- Giúp đỡ các gia đình neo đơn, thăm hỏi, cung cấp các thông tin cũng như hướng dẫn để kết nối các dịch vụ hỗ trợ bao gồm “Gói cứu trợ khẩn cấp” dành cho những trường hợp đặc biệt, giúp đỡ khi bị bạo hành trong gia đình, dịch vụ gia cư, và sức khỏe v.v…
- Điền đơn xin các hỗ trợ từ chính phủ, Dịch vụ tìm việc, Centrelink, hỗ trợ tiền điện /nước/gas v.v…
- Kết nối quý vị với các dịch vụ hỗ trợ dành cho người cao niên và khuyết tật
Tất cả các dịch vụ do chúng tôi cung cấp đều miễn phí và được bảo mật.
Mọi chi tiết cũng như để được trợ giúp, xin vui lòng với chúng tôi như sau:
Bà Bé Hà – Mob: 0403 651 483 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Vùng miền Tây và miền Bắc Melbourne:
Elisa Huỳnh – Mob: 0406 900 696 Email: email@example.com
Phúc Nguyễn – Mob: 0439 775 725 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Vùng miền Đông và Đông Nam Melbourne:
Phiếm Trần – Mob: 0432 929 308 Email: email@example.com
Triều Trần – Mob: 0413 732 186 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Springvale Indochinese Mutual Assistant Association (SICMAA) has been funded by The State of Victoria as represented by its Department of Job’s, Precinct and Regions to assist in a program to help our Vietnamese community during COVID-19 crisis.
At SICMAA, a team of people (In photo from far left to right: Elisa Huynh, Be Ha, Trieu Tran, Phiem Tran and Phuc Nguyen) was recruited and formed with the ability and dedication to serve the people of East, Southeast, West and Northern Victoria.
During these uncertain times people in our community need various support in not only providing information about COVID-19 updates, but also support services such as housing services, job search, Centrelink and many more other needs.
This program has catered for many individuals and families that have difficulties or struggles in their everyday needs.
Our services include:
- Providing information on Covid-19
- Helping and visiting lonely families, provide information and guidance to connect support services including “Emergency relief package” for special cases, help in case of violence family practice, housing services, and health (including mental health) etc …
- Apply for government assistance, Job Search Service, Centrelink, electricity / water / gas assistance etc.
- Connecting you to support services for seniors and people with disabilities
All of the services we provide are free and confidential.
For more information and assistance, please feel free to contact us as follows:
Mrs Be Ha – Mob: 0403 651 483 Email: email@example.com
West and North of Melbourne:
Ms. Elisa Huynh – Mob: 0406 900 696 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr. Phuc Nguyen – Mob: 0439 775 725 Email: email@example.com
South East of Melbourne:
Ms. Phiem Tran – Mob: 0432 929 308 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr. Trieu Tran – Mob: 0413 732 186 Email: email@example.com
Thông Báo V/V: Buổi nói chuyện online về “Giấc ngủ và mệt mỏi”
Hiệp Hội Tương Trợ Người Đông Dương Springvale (SICMAA) kính mời Quý vị nghe buổi nói chuyện bằng tiếng Anh của cơ quan Bolton Clarke với chủ đề “Giấc ngủ và mệt mỏi” từ 11 giờ đến 12 giờ trưa ngày thứ Năm 01/10/20 bằng cách liên lạc qua mạng bằng Microsoft Team.
Nếu Quý vị muốn tham gia xin liên lạc email với sicmaa: firstname.lastname@example.org và chúng tôi sẽ gởi link qua để quý vị tham gia.
Mong Quý vị tham gia vào buổi nói chuyện hữu ích này.
Thay mặt Ban Quản Trị
Be HA OAM, J.P