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Muslim Women’s Association of South Australia (MWA) was incorporated in July 1993. We are a non-profit welfare organisation. The MWA has become a strong and active group within the Muslim community in South Australia. With a membership of over three hundred women and their families, the MWA provides an essential support network to the Muslim community. The association assists Muslim women and their families with economic, cultural and social difficulties. One of the Muslim Women’s Association primary goals has been to bring Muslim communities together and coordinate activities around religious festivals so that these families can meet in an Islamic environment. From our centrally located office, the MWASA provides Muslim women and their families with a confidential casework service, a variety of programs, information sessions and activities, advocacy, information and support, limited emergency assistance, as well as recreational and cultural programs for women, youth, seniors and their families. The association also has a very successful cross cultural program. We provide training to service providers, schools and community organisation groups. The aim of this service is to increase the understanding in the wider community of Islam and to dispel the negative stereotypes and misconceptions of Islam and Muslims. The MWASA provides settlement services such as English Language Programs, Study Circles and Support Groups for refugees who have come to Australia within the last 5 years.

Services

Study Circles and Support Groups

MWA runs various classes for women to socialise and learn in a comfortable environment. These classes build confidence, increase knowledge and even provide extra support for members to take up further studies or a job, all in a comfortable and relaxed environment.

Monday morning usrah

English classes
Participants at MWA English classes learn and improve their conversational, written and spoken English.

Computer classes
Computer class teaches various tools in computer usage as well as terminology.

Craft/Support
Craft class improves existing skills in participants and teaches new skills, too. It also provides a supportive environment for ladies to relax, learn and feel comfortable.

Co-ordination, Recruitment and training of volunteers

Volunteers are important to us. Through this program we recruit and train volunteers in a comfortable environment, who are interested in the process of learning new skills and work ethics required in Australia

Cross-Cultural training for service providers, schools and universities, and community groups

Provide Cross Cultural training to educational institutes and organisations to increase their awareness about Muslims and remove and misconceptions.

Co-ordination of a variety of programs, activities and seminars for community members

These programs for community members are educational, increase knowledge and help socialise, and also provide a space to share issues and suggestions.

Emergency Relief

With this service clients get timely assistance in emergency situations. This can be in the form of food vouchers. Financial and material help is very limited.

Referrals to Mainstream agencies

Referrals are provided to clients to access other mainstream services for help or assistance as required.

Casework Service (Networking with other agencies)

We provide clients with appropriate advice, referrals and information useful to increase their knowledge, confidence and problem solving capacity in a culturally sensitive environment

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