Through this project, AMCS supported multicultural community groups to make their own content with COVIDSafe messages.
The content was created to address the myths, or negative attitudes about vaccines. The objective was to encourage COVIDSafe behaviour for all Victorians.
AMCS implemented this project in partnership with multicultural community groups and it ran as an innovative community-led content gathering exercise.
On Saturday 3rd, Dec 2022, AMCS hosted a launch of each of the pieces and celebrated the extraordinary creativity shown by those who entered. Pieces varied from video to poems to photography, posters and crochet, all with their own unique messaging tailored to individual communities in an effort to enhance engagement in COVIDSafe practices.
A big thank you to Mayor Cr Ms. Tina Samardzija, Monash City Council, Mr. Bwe Thay, Deputy Chairperson of the Victorian Multicultural Commission, Emiliano Zucci – Executive Officer at Ethnic Communities’ Council and Prof. Des Cahill – Director on the AMCS Board, for attending and helping to celebrate the diverse and creative work of the community participants.
Below you can find a selection of the finalists.
Podcast Participants: Bala Balachandran, Maila Balachandran, Vasu Srinivasan, Jayshree Srinivasan, Hari Subramanian, Shanthi Hari, Malini Ram, Revati Dorai, Dorai Subramanian
Click here to see the finalists of this competition.
This project was funded by the State Government of Victoria under the Multicultural Communication Outreach Program 2.
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Ursula is a 78-year-old active senior who is the primary carer for her husband, Piya. They live independently in their own home. Ursula loves to stay connected with the community and she is actively involved in community groups. With the COVID-19 lockdown in March 2020, she had limited access to connect with family and community events.
She saw a flyer for AMCS Be Connected and contacted our Project Coordinator, Nalika, around the time of Piya’s 84th birthday. Nalika suggested a Zoom birthday party to celebrate with loved ones. Ursula was excited and asked AMCS to help. Their sons, grandchildren and family friends joined the online birthday event.
Ursula was a quick learner with technology and keen to know more. Initially, AMCS provided instructions over the phone. Thankfully, she was patient, a good listener and AMCS guided her easily. As she started to use Zoom, she participated in other AMCS community engagement programs. Now a regular member of our knitting and friendship cafés, Ursula made many friends and has shared her knitting knowledge. Connecting online has given her the opportunity to enjoy her hobbies while caring for Piya.
I’m knowledgeable, but not an expert in digital skills. I saw the flyer for Be Connected on Facebook and contacted AMCS. AMCS’ lead mentor was friendly and helped me learn how to use the My Aged Care app, which was very useful. In addition, I now know how to online bank and order local food with confidence.
AMCS invited me to become a Digital Mentor to help other seniors use the internet to make life easier. I initially refused and was afraid to become a mentor. After participating in one of the online events, I became confident I could help others. I will receive my mentor training soon. I feel strong now. I know where to go if I have a problem going online.