A network targeting Canberra’s multicultural seniors will be launched by Canberra Multicultural Community Forum patron Eleanor Grassby in the city this week.
Under the auspicious of the CMCF and supported by a grant from the ACT Government, the Multicultural Seniors Network has been set up by a group headed by CMCF secretary Chin Wong.
Its initial activity will be a series of workshops spread over six Saturdays between May and October.
“We are calling the series Multicultural Seniors Frontiers and it is open to senior community leaders and anyone 50 or over who has retired or is thinking of retirement,” Mrs Wong said today.
She said the workshops would be facilitated by mentors who would encourage participants to develop their own ideas about leading a fulfilling life.
“The aim is to ensure people’s lives are enriched, both within and outside the group, through making new friends, expanding interests and sharing skills and knowledge,” Mrs Wong said.
“We are also interested in hearing from people who want to be group facilitators. They will be guides rather than expert leaders and apart from confidence in dealing with small groups, no special skills or knowledge are required.”
Free training in how to be a mentor will be offered at two separate and comprehensive sessions on 28 April and 1 May.
The CMCF Multicultural Senior Network and Multicultural Senior Frontiers will be launched during a function the Theo Notaras Centre on Wednesday 14 April, beginning at 5.30pm.