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Our Innovators



Melvin Gamboa

Melvin has first hand experience of the positive impacts that sporting programs and environments can bring in life. Melvin hopes to bring people and sports together in a positive and uplifting way, with a focus on disengaged and disadvantaged young people from Melbourne's West.

Tags: Physical Activity & Health Promotion, Young People

Art for All!

By Shimaa Halima

Shimaa is a Secondary School Teacher, an artist and an innovator with a future vision to establish an art school that provides art classes and workshops for young minds. She has extensive experience teaching Art and have had 4 art exhibitions within the community in the past few years. With 9 years teaching experience; teaching English and Arts , she has decided to take her teaching expertise further to establish and provide immersive art workshops that would run as school incursions to encourage a positive mindset and to inspire young minds to generate creative artwork with a passion.

Tags: Creative Arts

Branch Out West

By Rani Kalam

My name is Rani Kalam and I grew up in Melbourne's West. During my teenage years, I felt lost and unsupported when it came to transitioning out of High School. This journey sparked the idea of 'Branch Out West' in 2020.

Tags: Mental Health, Jobs & Careers

Chai and Wellbeing

Satinderjit Kaur

The Chai and Wellbeing Program aims to provide an innovative, culturally sensitive and practical approach through workshops to increase mental health awareness in Indian communities. The program aims to help foster a sense of social inclusion, promote health literacy and connect with the community in a culturally sensitive way.

Tags: Multiculturalism, Mental Health

Harari Lights

By Nadir Abdella

Nadir knows what he “stands for as an artist”, he wants to preserve his slowly fading heritage through his art; “I have begun to explore different ways to reconnect to art. My main inspiration is my culture. The Harari people are small in number and slowly dwindling further. One of my missions is to find ways to preserve our culture. This design is just the beginning. This piece is an innovative modern take on a traditional piece of Harari cultural art. With this piece I attempted to modernise a traditional handwoven craft.

Tags: Multiculturalism

I Can. I Am.

Isabel Cherukara

I Can. I am. is a health promoting social group for young adults aged 18-30 with intellectual disabilities. The program aims to provide individuals with settings and activities that encourage them to be physically active and have opportunities to build connections with peers their age.

Tags: Disability, Physical Activity & Health Promotion, Social Engagement

Letting of our emotional baggage: support and accountability groups

By Tien Truong

The support and accountability groups help participants acknowledge and transform the traumatic experiences that keep people emotionally stuck in the memory of threatening situations, with the support of an accountability buddy. Compared to traditional modalities, the Internal Family systems method is a compassionate and judgment free space that reframes “negative”, “toxic” or “irrational” thoughts, feelings and behaviours by helping people understand that their triggered responses were adaptive and made sense in past situations where they felt unsafe.

The groups provide participants with tools to help get them out of the fight or flight response by cultivating a sense of safety in their body, so they are able to respond to situations from a calm and regulated space, rather than reacting automatically from their survival response.

Tags: Mental Health

Local Day Tours for All Senior Citizens

Surya Ravindran

Surya's idea is aimed to support older migrants in the western suburbs to have the opportunity to come together in groups to participate in day tours and local based activities. Her project encourages individuals to explore and participate in the community, which can foster a sense of connectedness and joy.

Tags: Multiculturalism, Aged Citizens

Maker Space

Lily Nguyen

Lily's project is focused on supporting young people to have access and participate in creative learning. The Maker Space project aims to be a community space that hosts workshops and provides resources that encourage young people to draw and write. Through this program, young people can have access to a creative outlet, share their stories and also develop their literacy skills in the process.

Tags: Creative Arts, Young People

Multicultural Minds

By Emily Unity

Multicultural Minds is a podcast dedicated to raising awareness of multicultural mental health. Host Emily Unity talks with guests from diverse backgrounds, exploring the different relationships between culture and mental health.

Tags: Mental Health, Multiculturalism

Pro Seeker

By Mushkbar Chishti

Pro Seeker has recently launched its services and is proud of the impact that we are planning to make impact in helping new immigrants, especially females who are searching for jobs and someone looking for a career change by linking with professionals in the same field

Tags: Jobs & Careers, Multiculturalism

Proximal Space

By Samuel Kangaraj

Samuel based in PointCook and a founder of ProximalSpace.

ProximalSpace is RealTech (Real Estate Tech) startup, started in 2021 in the City of Wyndham. ProximalSpace is about creating sustainable, productive spaces within 15 minutes of remote and hybrid workforce.

For individuals or self-employed: Work near home solution, pay only for what you use and working with people in the community.
For organisations (Any type or size): Move from lease based to demand workspaces, measure and meet sustainability targets and talent retention by providing flexible and productive workspace close to staff's home.

Tags: Jobs & Careers, Mental Health, Environmental Sustainability

Reclaim Studios

By Rebecca Hansen

Lead by artist and youth work student Bec Hansen, Reclaim Studios plans to address our impact on the environment by providing a range of sustainable arts workshops to local young people. We utilise natural materials, found objects, and resources typically thought of as waste material not only to create, but to start a dialogue about how consumption effects the world around us.

Tags: Creative Arts, Sustainability

TIDE - Tourism Initiatives Development & Empowerment

By Anu George

I finished my Ph.D at the Research Institute of Sustainable Industries and Liveable Cities at Victoria University, Australia. My research interest is in responsible tourism, medical tourism, socio-cultural inclusion, climate change, hospitality and events industries, green growth strategies, and community well-being.

Tags: Sustainability, Multiculturalism

The Beginning Project

By Ikram Mahamed

The Beginning Project is an online resource platform which started as an idea to ease the anxiety of entering young adulthood and provide resources and opportunities specific to living in the West side of Melbourne. We aim to be a one-in-all guide for young adults to help them achieve their ambitions and future life goals. Our vision is to ultimately help young people navigate the next chapter of their lives by providing easy access to volunteer and scholarship opportunities, sharing career journeys to educate and inspire new outlooks in life paths, as well as providing useful resources to overcome the stress many young people experience growing up.

Tags: Mental Health, Jobs & Careers

The Outdoor Experience

By Samuel Cullen

This is the outdoor experience. The activities that create communities and a life worth living.

Tags: Physical Activity & Health Promotion

Thrd Culture Kids

By Krushnadevsinh Ravalji

Thrd Culture Kids aims to empower multicultural young people to be inspired to embrace and share their culture and cultural identity. The project aims to not only involve multicultural young people, but also encourage young people more generally foster cultural inclusion

Tags: Multiculturalism

Tin Tuc Melbourne

By Anna Nguyen

The aim is to reduce misinformation amongst the Vietnamese community in Brimbank. To achieve this, I have started a Facebook Page acting as a News Bulletin and to run skills building workshops in partnership with Brimbank libraries.

Tags: Multiculturalism, News & Information

Wyndham Bright Young Leaders

Rahima Ahmed

Wyndham Bright Young Leaders program is focused on working with children from 8 - 12 years old who live in Wyndham. Rahima's program particularly focuses on supporting children from refugee backgrounds to develop their cultural pride and identity through learning about the histories and cultures of their families.

Tags: Multiculturalism, Youth Engagement
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