SASFV October Update
Sikh Australian Support for Family Violence (SASFV) has undergone a number of changes over the past couple of months and we are excited to be able to share this update with you. Our volunteers have been busy working on our governance and operations, welcoming 5 new staff members, and getting better prepared to serve the community in the coming months, as well as continuing business as usual.
SASFV has continued to run online information sessions and workshops for our volunteers and the community, including COVID-19 Community Check-Ins, Legal Aid Training, Q&A session with Victoria Police, and Building Stronger and Safer Communities Workshops. We have also continued to provide our Support and Referral Service to members of the community seeking information and assistance to obtain support for family violence and other COVID-19 related issues.
Our continued support of community has seen us be successful in receiving funding from the Victorian Government’s Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions as part of its Working for Victoria Plan. SASFV is part of a consortium consisting of ten multicultural organisations working together, with Islamic Council of Victoria as the lead agency, to deliver community outreach, information services, and referral services to multicultural communities in Victoria. As a result of this, SASFV has recruited 5 full-time staff members who are now assisting members of the Sikh Community. Our staff are providing information and referral support for any COVID-19 related issues, specialising in family violence information, empowerment and referral. Our staff are also contacting community members, in line with relevant restrictions, to check-in and collect feedback about the diverse experiences of our community during lockdown – they may be contacting you soon, so you can have your say.
All of this has been made possible by the continued and tireless efforts of our dedicated volunteers. Volunteers make up the majority of our organisation and have contributed many hours, behind the scenes, to our internal governance, operations and planning. We have also been working on a new website, our social media presence, workshops, training and information sessions, and developing our identity as an organisation. An exciting part of this process has been the development of our Vision, Mission and Values which we are delighted to share with you here and on our Social Media channels.
SASFV’s Vision, Mission and Values have been developed in a collaborative process by SASFV volunteers and our Board of Governance. The process allowed us to capture the work SASFV has done to date and why, where we would like to go from here and our identity as an organisation and as members of the community we serve. This is a significant milestone for SASFV, but it is by no means the last, we are still hard at work and look forward to sharing more milestones with you soon.
With so much happening it is easy to get distracted, but the most important thing to remember is that we are here to support the Sikh community. Members of the SASFV team are available to provide you with the information and access to the support you need. You can also contact us to find out how you can share your concerns or experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic.
If you would like to join our amazing team as a volunteer, you can also get in touch to find out more.