The Multicultural Speakers Project (MSP) is a program run by the Ethnic Communities Council (ECC) Newcastle and Hunter Region, training volunteers to tell their story of coming to and living in Australia, to challenge racial stereotypes, change community attitudes, and promote multicultural participation.
The ECC is the umbrella body for ethnic communities in the region. They are also a major provider of health, wellbeing and social programs to a broad cross-section of the Hunter Region Community.
Getting Involved with the Multicultural Speakers Project
The MSP invites people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds to share their story. Training, resources and support are provided, including reimbursement for expenses when making presentations. For volunteers, the course gives confidence and skills to speak in front of groups, as well as telling their story in a structured and engaging format.
In this video, volunteer Kiri Hata talks about the importance of sharing stories.
The project is also looking for schools, workplaces and community groups who could benefit from a personal story on cultural diversity and harmony. The presentations use cultural pieces, games and music where possible to make them interactive and interesting to their audience. “There are many riches in a diverse and multicultural community, which audiences can uncover,” says Project Officer, Cary Lee.
A second cohort of volunteers is planned to start training in April and May this year. For more information about volunteering as a speaker, or to book a speaker to present, please contact Cary Lee on 4960 8248 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Multicultural Speakers Project website.
Image: Project volunteer Maidei Gonzo of Zimbabwe