VASS’ ENTEMAA project aims to promote social inclusion and wellbeing to isolated as well as newly arrived ASB families in the City of Hume, mainly those residing in Broadmeadows, Jacana, Dallas, Coolaroo, Craigieburn and Roxburgh Park.

The program offers a broad range of services and operates in a flexible way to adapt to the complex and changing needs of families involved. There were a variety of activities undertaken in this program, including: Parenting Group/ Parenting Information Sessions, assistance with settlement transitioning and engagement with schools, the School Holiday program, and short one-on-one case work. ENTEMAA has a collaborative approach to service delivery and works in an integrated service system approach working with families and linking them to a range of service providers, educational workshops and social and recreational activities to promote social inclusion, belonging and personal development.

ENTEMAA works towards ensuring that children have the best possible start in life by focussing on well-targeted early intervention approaches that bring about positive outcomes for vulnerable young children and their families. It empowers ASB families to become further engaged within their local community and broader Australian society through increased knowledge of the services and supports available to them, and by facilitating collaboration between parents, children and their schools.

In Hume, the School Holiday program will be running in mid-late January.

The School Holiday Program is open to school-aged children of Arabic Speaking Background, but places are limited and fill up fast, so please contact Laila Taha on [email protected], or call VASS Head Office on (03) 9359 2861 if you are interested!

For more information on the ENTEMAA program overall, contact Maliheh Saeedi at VASS Broadmeadows (Head Office) on 9359 2861 or email [email protected].