With Geelong regularly welcoming refugees and newly arrived migrants, the Geelong Settlement meeting was set up ten years ago to help improve services in the area.
The meeting has since proven to be a valuable collaboration space for local organisations supporting refugee settlement.
Department of Human Services Multicultural Services Officer, Kaled Ajaj, attends these meetings throughout the year and is one of many valuable contributors.
He joins representatives from other locally based agencies including the Department of Social Services, Geelong City Council, Victoria Police, local schools and Diversitat (Geelong Ethnic Communities Council).
Diversitat Settlement Services Team Leader, Lee Fitzroy is always heartened by the collaboration that takes place.
“Something that really strikes me at these meetings is the importance of having a diverse group of people working together in this safe space, thinking critically about the work we do,” Lee said.