Serving all Arabic Speaking Communities

Community Development

Arabic Welfare supports the self-efficacy of the diverse communities from Arabic speaking backgrounds through a range of projects, including planning and implementing forums/workshops/information sessions on a variety of topics, depending on the expressed needs of the target groups.

Below are a selection of projects run by Arabic Welfare and those run in partnership with other organisations.  Please contact us for more details of these and other projects.


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The iStart project collaborates with various organisations and community/religious leaders to address factors that increase the vulnerability and risk taking behaviours of young residents of Diverse Middle Eastern (DME)/Arabic Speaking (AS) background in the Darebin area. The project will provide early intervention and prevention strategies that work with young people and their parents through case-management, counselling and capacity building activities that have a culturally responsive approach.


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Gambling affects everyone. You might be affected by gambling personally or you may know someone affected by gambling - this could be family or friends. QOWEH* supports the Arabic speaking community by providing knowledge, information, support and early intervention with issues of gambling in our community.

This exciting and engaging project targets older women from diverse Arabic speaking backgrounds who are socially isolated. It is designed to train women on how to utilise Victoria’s Public Transport system, highlighting that it is simple, safe, and has benefits.

The SOFT project was funded by Women’s Health in the North and was developed through a partnership between In-Touch Multicultural Centre Against Family Violence and Arabic Welfare.

Teeth Tales Research Project

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Teeth Tales was a community-based child oral health research project led by The University of Melbourne and Merri Community Health Service.

Healthy Lives, Healthy Futures

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This project, in partnership with the Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health and the Turning Point Alcohol & Drug Centre, aimed to improve the capacity of young people and their parents to reduce the risk of alcohol-related harm.

Community Capacity Building

  • We have recently completed projects which have addressed issues of community concern, including community safety, crime prevention, health and well-being:

    • Arabic Speaking Youth Inclusion

      Funded by the Department of Justice this project was developed to build participant skills and knowledge in the effort to reduce the incidence of crime and violence within schools, home and the community.

      Through a series of 12 education workshops and in partnership with schools, the project successfully engaged 140 Arabic speaking youth, aged 13 to 16 years.

    • Minutes Matter Media

      This was a community education project that raised awareness of the signs of heart attack amongst Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Communities in partnership with the Heart Foundation.

    • Taking a stand against cyber-bullying

      With funding from Moreland City Council this project ran a parent education programme in Arabic to strengthen the capacity of families to respond to issues of cyber-bullying. 

      The project achieved an increased awareness amongst Arabic speaking parents to keep their children safe online. Participants also developed skills to be peer educators and thus, resource and support other Arabic speaking parents around issues of cyber bullying and children’s safety.