The Community Ambassador Project
Monash Council is driving a number of projects aimed at promoting neighbourliness and building connected communities across the city. Council recognises that these projects are important because many parts of our City are experiencing rapid changes.
The City of Monash is a vibrant, thriving, multicultural community. Results of Council’s annual community surveys continue to show that the Monash community is highly accepting of people from diverse cultures.
The Community Ambassador Project will provide a unique opportunity for interested community members who are culturally and linguistically diverse, to advise Council and influence project directions. Ambassadors will be involved in identifying opportunities to promote social cohesion, community harmony and residents’ feelings of belonging, connection and safety.
Council has been supported in this project with funding from the Victorian State Government (Department of Premier and Cabinet) Community Harmony Program – a program designed to promote neighbourliness and belonging through a range of intercultural, interfaith and intercommunity interaction, promoting understanding and celebrating shared values.
The program and our project also seeks to address racism and discrimination through relevant community forums and bystander intervention training. National research shows that places where racism is most often experienced is in people’s neighbourhood, in shops and or in workplaces. But it can also emerge in other spaces, such as public transport, at sporting events or schools (Scanlon Foundation Mapping Social Cohesion Report, 2017).
Further research, undertaken for the Racism. It stops with me campaign, found that the experience of racism impacts self-worth, and also people’s ability to work and study, their physical health and even life expectancy. Pleasingly however, local research shows that there is very strong agreement that the Monash community is accepting of people from diverse cultures, more so than average across metropolitan Melbourne.
The Community Ambassador Project will greatly assist Council to achieve its priority of promoting inclusion and participation for all (A Healthy and Resilient Monash - an Integrated Plan 2017-2021).
The role of a Community Ambassador
The Community Ambassador Project will be led by the City of Monash in partnership with community groups and service providers with funds from the State Government.
Community Ambassadors will have the opportunity to:
- Share with Council their thoughts and priorities for promoting social cohesion and community harmony
- Participate in project planning and contribute to consultative processes
- Assist Council to identify appropriate activities that strengthen neighbourliness
- Shape training in community leadership and bystander intervention
- Shape strategies to assist mainstream groups engage with CALD groups and to also develop their capabilities to implement change.
The project will run until October 2020:
- Being a Community Ambassador is a voluntary role but each Community Ambassador will receive an honorarium (as a contribution to personal costs incurred performing the role).
- Meeting times and regularity will be determined with Community Ambassadors, but it is envisaged that that meetings will be held every 4-6 weeks. Meetings to be held in both Glen Waverley and Clayton.
- Community Ambassadors will have the opportunity to participate in training.
As explained, the Project Objectives are to:
- Positively influence residents’ feelings of belonging, connection and safety with the resulting decreased discrimination
- Foster intercultural and interfaith understanding between existing and emerging communities
- Develop strong partnerships which enhance sustainability of the project objectives beyond the initial funding period.
How to apply
Applications close: 5pm on Monday 9 September 2019
- Please download and complete the Expression of Interest form below:
Expression of Interest Community Ambassador Project (doc, 64KB)
- Please return the completed form to:
- Pamela Kosij, Multicultural Community Development Officer
Please note: key selection criteria information can be found on the form.
For more information, please contact Pamela Kosij, Multicultural Community Development Officer: