SUPPORT for migrants in the community will be increased thanks to a $10,000 boost from Orange City Council for the continued funding of a migrant mentoring program.
Volunteers involved in the Mentoring Connections program will be able to access additional TAFE training and the program’s co-ordinator Carmel Dunn will have more hours to organise the team of mentors.
“For migrant families ... often English is a big obstacle,” council spokesman Allan Reeder said.
“This is an extra layer of support the community provides.”
Mr Reeder said the assistance offered by the mentors varies but may involve regular visits to migrant families, driving lessons, or help when going to the supermarket.
“It might mean being there when a letter comes home from school,” he said.
“There are a range of things that can be difficult.
“It’s up to the mentor to work it through with the families and what support they need.”
Council approved the $10,000 to extend the program for another year, and will attempt to secure further recurrent funding for the future.
Mr Reeder said 13 new mentors are about to start the program in addition to the 20 to 30 people already involved.
“It’s an extra source of non-authoritarian support,” he said.
The council has found a growing demand for services for temporary visa holders, families with residency of more than five years and social support and community engagement all of which will be catered for by the rebadged Mentoring Connections program.