Wednesday 14 March saw round 1 and the opening ceremony of the fourth instalment of the Kicking Goals Together (KGT) Community Engagement program. What began as a humble conversation and kick of the football with the local Rohingya community has grown into the eight team soccer and educational opportunity we see today.
Kicking Goals Together is a sport for development program that engages youth from refugee and migrant and international student backgrounds in meaningful sport and education opportunities. The soccer competition boasts participation of youth from Rohingya, Iraqi, Nepalese, and several African nations, along with teams from both staff and student populations at ACU, making it a wonderful place to meet people from diverse backgrounds and share in the love of soccer with a spirit of friendly and respectful competition. After the football, many youth attend Multicultural Development Australia’s (MDA) Skill Up program which teaches 21st century skills such as networking, problem solving, interview skills, and the culture of Australian workplaces. This program culminates with participants attending a mock interview with someone who works in a field they aspire to.
KGT is a partnership between ACU Engagement, Sport, Health, and Well-being, ACU International, and MDA, and receives support from the Brisbane City Council. The opening ceremony included a speech from Associate Vice-Chancellor Jim Nyland, prayers from multiple faith backgrounds, in multiples languages, getting to know you games, and a halal BBQ. This semester seven Occupational Therapy students are engaging in supporting the operation of this program. We are excited about KGT this semester!
Do you have a story to tell?
ACU Engagement doesn’t own community engagement. Our role is to support, facilitate and celebrate the community engagement activities of all ACU students and staff. If you have a story to tell about a community engagement activity that you, your staff, or your students have participated in, please contact us on email@example.com. We would love to help you share your stories with the ACU community.
The ACU Community Impact Network
Who we are
The ACU Community Impact Network (ACU CIN) is a recently established group of ACU staff members from differing ACU campuses and faculties. The members of the network have a passion for grassroots community engagement initiatives that have a meaningful impact on local communities.
What we do
The ACU CIN meets quarterly to discuss community engagement initiatives and how the initiative could be coordinated nationally to enable all ACU staff the opportunity to contribute or get involved. While our network enables our activities to be coordinated nationally, we are passionate about facilitating local community partnerships and fulfilling local community needs. Network members from each campus work together to coordinate and drive the community engagement initiative for their respective campus.
Who is missing
The ACU CIN are looking for an ACU staff member with a passion for grassroots community engagement initiatives located on the Ballarat and North Sydney campuses to join the team. Current projects
We are currently planning to launch a Hotel Toiletries Staff Collection campus wide in mid-April. Look out for communications with details of the initiative including how you can get involved and where the collection points on each campus will be.
How to get in contact
To express your interest in joining the network, get in touch with Nicole Murphy Nicole.Murphy@acu.edu.au, Research Engagement/Grants Officer, ACU Engagement.
For more information on the hotel toiletries initiative or to discuss your ideas for grassroots community engagement activities, reach out to your local ACU CIN campus representative:
In the spirit of giving, Campus Ministry and ACU Engagement are hosting a sharing activity until Easter – please bring your unwanted but good condition household items to the Mezzanine area just outside Campus Ministry Melbourne so they can be made available to newly-arriving students and staff.
Please bring items such as manchester (e.g. blankets, bedroom linen, pillows, towels) or kitchen items (e.g. cutlery, crockery, cups, mugs, serving ware). No electrical items accepted.
Donation opportunity (Ballarat Campus)
A reminder to bring your good quality clothing items (and particularly new socks) to the pop-up shop for the homeless. You can find the collection point at the Concierge desk.
Foodbank NSW is reliant on volunteers to help fight hunger, so your time volunteering will make a huge difference. Staff will be packing and sorting food to help feed those in need across NSW and the ACT. Contact us for dates and more information.
Volunteers will need to make their own way to the Foodbank NSW and ACT Distribution Centre (50 Owen Street Glendenning).
Conversation Club (NSW)
The Strathfield Conversation Club Program is a weekly program aimed at reducing social isolation and building confidence in conversational English for adults in the Strathfield Council Local Government Area who are from non-English speaking backgrounds. There will be opportunities for you to contribute to whole group and small group activities. If you are interested in coming along on a Thursday from 10am to 12pm to share stories and engage in conversations with participants of the program, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Volunteers will need to make their own way to Strathfield Main Library (65-67 Rochester Street, Homebush).
Chatterbox Café (NSW)
Chatterbox Café is a weekly program for adults in the Strathfield Council Local Government Area looking to improve their English language skills. The program provides a friendly environment where participants are given the opportunity to build their social networks and improve their understanding of Australia and other cultures, while broadening their English language skills. If you are interested in helping participants with English-language related group activities, please email email@example.com
Volunteers will need to make their own way to Homebush Public School (Rochester Street, Homebush) and will require a valid Working With Children Clearance number prior to participating in the program.
For more information on, or to register your interest for, any of the above initiatives, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org