Category Archives: News

Afghan Community Advisory Group

The Afghan Community Advisory Group will be representative of individuals from a diverse range of genders, abilities, ethnicities, age groups, life experiences and educational backgrounds, who are motivated to provide an understanding of community issues and needs from their unique perspective. SECL strongly values community input and insights and is seeking an opportunity to work…

2022 Annual Report and AGM video are live

Annual report news

The Annual Report highlights our journey to strengthen and build trusted community links, helping community members overcome hardships and create better futures for themselves and their families. This year SECL’s work reached 25,000 community members and their children, positively impacting their lives through essential services and support. Some of the key highlights include: $1 million…

Youth mental health videos launched

mental health videos launched

Our new multi-language mental health and wellbeing videos were launched by our young leaders at SECL’s 2022 Annual General Meeting. The ‘Every Person Counts’ video campaign was produced in response to the continuing challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic which has impacted many young people. This fun and engaging campaign focuses on steps to improve mental health…

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…