Trauma impacts on communities as much as it impacts on individuals. When groups of people are exposed to organised violence and terror, the bonds of trust that hold a community together are damaged. Therefore, whilst it is important to work on an individual’s own symptoms of trauma, a vital element of the recovery process is to increase community strength and build social capital.
Added to this, the considerable challenges for a community in settling into a new country threaten those connections that may exist. The Community Development work at QPASTT aims to build on these connections and use the strengths and resilience of refugees, to help communities to overcome their trauma, empower themselves and create a better life in Australia.
Some of the programs run on a needs basis include:
- FICT (Families in Cultural Transition) – to help newly arrived refugees learn about Australia and settle successfully in their new country
- Community Leaders Consultation and Information Dinners
- Information sessions/Workshops – on request
- Supporting community activities and events that promote social cohesion such as inter-community harmony sports and cultural festivals among others.
QPASTT is also part of the network of organisations that deliver the Community Action for a Multicultural Society (CAMS) Program at a statewide level. The CAMS initiative is a partnership strategy between State Government and community organisations to promote multiculturalism.
CAMS enables funded organisations to employ multicultural community workers to undertake systemic and group advocacy and community capacity building activities for the benefit of people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and to strengthen multiculturalism across Queensland.
For more information go to the Department of Children, Youth Justice and Multicultural Affairs.