|Mrs Melinie Ridge|
The Frankston Multicultural Community Network (FMCN) was developed in response to the lack of resources and support for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) communities in the City of Frankston. It has a strong commitment to social justice principles and it seeks to represent the views and interests of Frankston City's CALD communities. FMCN's role is to act as a consultative body to local government and others so as to enhance the development of appropriate programs and services which meet the need of the CALD communities.
Develop relationships with ethnic community groups; Develop a directory – identifying existing and new and emerging groups; Recruit for general membership with a view to becoming a representative for community on network (AKA FMC Council); Outreach into CALD communities; Provide information, advice, support and advocacy to CALD communities; Assist local community groups to apply for funding; Develop and maintain formal membership requirements; Network with service providers in the Frankston/Mornington area;
FMCN has overcome many challenges in its establishment. While we received a smaller establishment grant than we had hoped for we were heartened by the suggestion of Mr. George Lekakis (Chairperson of VMC) that if we demonstrated success we would receive further funding in the future. We have had many successes, with the major achievements of our organisation being: Establishment of a FMCN Reference group made up of CALD representatives and key service agencies; Recruitment of a Community Development Project Worker; Development of rapport and trust between the Community Development Worker and the CALD communities; The establishment of an office space where CALD groups and individuals feel comfortable to drop in; Providing disengaged community groups with a sense that there is a different type of organization than currently exists which will represent their needs; Facilitating our first successful AGM and electing Office Bearers; Developing and distributing promotional material; Advocating for gaps in service delivery and culturally relevant and accessible services through participation in consultative meetings and compiling formal submissions.
The group is open for everyone to join or participate in.
16 Orwil street Frankston
The venue is wheelchair accessible.
Every Monday between 9-5
Membership is free. However, all members are required to complete a form.