The Multicultural Ambassador Program will support City of Ryde’s linguistically diverse communities, families and elderly increase their access and use of support services in the Ryde LGA.

This capacity building project will develop a skilled cohort of bilingual community ambassadors who are community based and accessible to CALD families and community members within City of Ryde area and beyond.

This Program will recruit, train and support a group of bilingual volunteers to become Multicultural Ambassadors who will provide information and referral to City of Ryde’s linguistically diverse communities, in particular new arrivals. The project will develop referral pathways through trained ambassadors to a broad cross section of support services from the community and government sectors (local, state and Commonwealth) within the Ryde LGA.

The community ambassadors will link the people to appropriate services according to the needs am presented. They will enhance the work of community workers and will provide the bridge between a and various services within Ryde LGA and beyond.

For many services, translated promotional materials do not exist, so the Multicultural Ambassadors will be able to bridge the gap for their communities by raising awareness of services in their own language. In many cases, community leaders are already performing a similar role and this program will assist them by providing structured training to enhance their knowledge and expertise.

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