2015 Australian Migration and Settlement Award for Innovation
The Migration and Settlement Awards recognise the good work of organisations and individuals that assist new migrants and refugees to settle, to feel included and to participate. In 2015 as Project Coordinator of the Metropolitan Migrant Resource Centre’s Sharing Stories Project, I was nominated and won the Settlement Innovation Award. This is awarded to the organisation or initiative that has demonstrated the most innovative methods in the support of new refugees, migrants or the local community.
Sharing Stories is a theatre based peer education project using Theatre of the Oppressed methodology to increase awareness of sexual health among young people and families from new and emerging humanitarian entrant communities. Sharing Stories and it’s use of drama as a tool for transformation and awareness raising is recognized nationally as best practice in sexual health education for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse people.
Theatre as a method for facilitating dynamic workshops can work with varying topics, each projectI is different and will be tailored to what an individual group requires. For example a project may consist of consultation, data research or workshop facilitation, or in addition, may result in a performance at a specific event that will deliver communictions. Managing each project can cross over the different areas of my skill set:
- Community consultation
- Workshop facilitation
- Research data collection
- Teaching and training
- Theatre productions
Your Cultural Lens
An example of a recent project I managed was the development of a training program for the Health Department of Western Australia. This project consisted of: community consultation; data collection; project management of website production; script writing; theatre casting; performance directing and liaison with all community groups and stakeholders.