Entries by Cathy Harper

Surf Lessons for Refugees

Recently a group of Afghan and Karen young people finished a six week surf program with thanks to some lovely volunteers and Sea All Dolphin Swims. The program was incredibly worthwhile in terms of building confidence, giving participants an opportunity to get out of the 3214 postcode and allowing them to have a bit of […]

Women’s Shed receives $20,000 grant

On 1st of June we had a visit from Richard Marles MP for Corio, Federal Labor Candidate for Corangamite Libby Coker and Shadow minister for Higher Education Kim Carr to announce $20,000 to go towards the Women’s Shed extension to cater to the growing demand in the social enterprise activities based around women’s craft, sewing […]


Diversity unites us, we stand together. These 11 pictures 5 square metres, are featured on buildings around Geelong, as part of Refugee Week 19-26. 2016’s Refugee Week theme is ‘With courage let us all combine’ from the second verse of our national anthem. It celebrates the courage of refugees and people who speak out against […]

New program equip!

Funded by the Department of Employments’ Empowering Youth Initiative, Diversitat is delivering a youth mentoring program for culturally diverse young people in the Geelong region. equip! provides young people from a refugee background (aged 16 to 24 years) with vocational guidance, career planning, job search training and matching to a mentor to provide them with […]

Reconciliation Week with Diversitat

An ‘Evening of Diversity’ dinner was held at Diversitat’s Northern Community Hub which was designed to provide a guest list of CEO’s, VIP’s and upper managers with an insight into the important benefits that Diversity Planning and Practice can bring to the Home and Community Care service system. The evening was hosted by Diversitat and […]

Let’s go surfing!

For the past few weeks, 11 young people have been participating in a 6 week surf program in Ocean Grove. Primarily from Karen and Afghan backgrounds, these young people have been learning the basics of water safety and surfing from a group of eager volunteers. Everyone is progressively improving and a few of the boys […]