News & Media

19 November 2015

Get social with scarves in Bairnsdale

Women from Bairnsdale and surrounds are invited to attend a special free event on Thursday, 26 November at the Bairnsdale Library to discuss faith and fashion while forming friendships.

Women from Bairnsdale and surrounds are invited to attend a special free event on Thursday, 26 November at the Bairnsdale Library to discuss faith and fashion while forming friendships.

Jacinta Crealy, community settlement worker at Latrobe Community Health Service, said the Scarves Story event was a celebration of women and diversity.

“There’s no better way to learn about diversity than to meet people from other cultures. This event aims to dispel myths about Islam in a positive and peaceful way,” said Ms Crealy.

“Meet some local Muslim women, learn how to drape a scarf and find out more about the origins of Islam.”

The Scarves Story event will be held from 11am to 1pm. It will be presented by the United Muslim Sisters of Latrobe Valley in conjunction with Social Inclusion Week, which will run from 21 to 29 November.

The event is supported by Latrobe Community Health Service, the Gippsland Ethnic Communities’ Council and East Gippsland Shire Council.

Ms Crealy said this event, which is the first of its kind to be held in East Gippsland, was important in acknowledging the different communities in the area.

“There are many migrant families out here who just do the best they can within their own homes,” she said.

“Events like this show them that they are welcome, and shows Australians how we can help make them feel more at home.”

As a community settlement worker, Ms Crealy’s role is to help new arrivals and migrants find the practical support they need.

“I can help people sign up for English lessons, teach them how to use public transport, understand their bills and explain government services like Centrelink,” she said.

“Recently, I helped someone find out how he could have his overseas qualifications recognised in Australia.”

The Settlement Services Program is a free service for people who have arrived in Australia from overseas within the last five years.

For more information, phone Jacinta Crealy at Latrobe Community Health Service on 0429 507 760.