Soni builds her confidence and gets her first job in Australia

Overview Soni is a 52-year-old Sri-Lankan woman who arrived in Australia in 2016 on a partner visa. Since arriving in Australia, Soni had not been able to find a suitable and stable job despite strong English skills and work experience in Sri Lanka. As a result, Soni was working for cash-in-hand jobs without stable hours,…

Zamina finds culturally-informed support to recover from family violence

Overview Zamina is a 30-year-old woman from Afghan background who arrived in Australia with her husband in 2017 on a partner visa and was later granted a permanent visa. She does not speak English and has three children under 10 years of age. The family experienced physical and emotional abuse by multiple perpetrators including the…

Mental health support helps Zora overcome barriers

Afghan woman Zora

Overview Zora is a single mother of four children who arrived from Afghanistan in Australia three years ago on a refugee visa. She had complex physical and mental health issues, a history of self-harm and suicidal ideation and depression. She also experienced low English language skills and digital literacy, and a lack of understanding of…

CEO’s End of Year Message

Every person counts, every system fair. Against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic, this simple message remains our priority, now and into the future. For while, we’ve all been impacted by the pandemic, these impacts have not been felt equally. We’ve seen growing inequality for women, youth and people from culturally diverse backgrounds. This is…

Safia gets the support she needs

Mother and daughter

At 26 years old, Safia arrived in Australia from Afghanistan with her husband and daughter on a Humanitarian Visa. Safia’s husband has a severe physical and mental disability. When she first arrived, Safia spoke little English and had limited digital literacy skills. She presented to SECL’s settlement services during lock-down to seek support regarding employment….

How to avoid a debt hangover this Christmas

Young girl in front of Christmas tree

By Kay Dilger, Head of Financial Wellbeing ‘It’s the most wonderful time of the year…’ according to the famous Christmas carol. However, as financial counsellors know it’s also the ‘most expensive time of the year’! Against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic, an increasing number of families in Australia will be struggling to put Christmas…

SECL welcomes interpreter recommendation for banks

Australia’s largest provider of financial counselling services to multicultural communities, South East Community Links, has welcomed the release of the Final Report of the Independent Review of the Banking Code of Practice 2021 which includes a recommendation to provide free interpreters to assist customers from non-English speaking backgrounds. South East Community Link’s (SECL) submission to…

Meet the Team – Emily

Name: Emily Dudovic Position: L2P Coordinator What does ‘Every Person Counts, Every System Fair’ mean to you? This means that anyone who walks through the doors of South East Community Links is treated like an equal and made to feel as welcomed and comfortable as possible! There will be no discrimination against anyone and we…

Meet the Team – Freya

Name: Freya McFadzean-Lodge Position: Student on placement What does ‘Every Person Counts, Every System Fair’ mean to you? That SECL recognises the intrinsic dignity in all people, and strives to ensure that all people receive the services and support that they are entitled to, and deserving of. What are three words you would use to…