ECCV) has partnered with the Victorian Council of Social Service (VCOSS) and the Department of Health to deliver the Multicultural Emergency Management Project. The Project supports emergency preparedness and resilience among migrant and refugee communities, with a focus on the current COVID-19 pandemic.

Community leaders are a key asset and driver of preparedness and response to emergencies in migrant and refugee communities, and have played a critical role in keeping communities safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

This project aims to support and strengthen the work of migrant and refugee community leaders, including via the delivery of training and building partnerships. Between August and November 2021, the project delivered four modules on Community Leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic to over more than 80 community leaders across Victoria.

Working from an Asset-Based-Community Development (ABCD) framework, the project focuses on, ‘what’s strong, not what’s wrong’, within communities. The project has been informed by a needs analysis undertaken in July 2021 with multicultural communities and community leaders and is guided by an Advisory Committee of community leaders representing 15 different cultural communities across Victoria.

Multicultural Emergency Management Partnership (MEMP)

As a result of the project, ECCV and VCOSS launched the Multicultural Emergency Management Partnership (MEMP) in October 2021. The MEMP has been established to increase collaboration between the emergency management sector and multicultural community leaders and improve emergency management responses for multicultural communities.  The MEMP membership includes 17 migrant and refugee community leaders from diverse cultural communities, representatives of eight emergency management organisations/agencies and representatives from ECCV and VCOSS. Emergency Management Commissioner, Andrew Crisp, joined us on 27 October to hear from multicultural leaders and emergency services about our work and plans for the future.

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