Serving all Arabic Speaking Communities



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.

Arabic Welfare will work with 20 to 40 young people, aged 10-24 years from a DME/AS background and their families who are at ‘high risk’ of becoming disengaged and/or engaging in offending behaviour.

The project’s objectives are to:

•    Decrease known crime-related risk factors and increase protective factors
•    Achieve sustained improvement in engagement in school, training and/or employment
•    Increase connectedness with the community

For further information about the project and/or to make a referral, please download the documents in our iStart Information and Referrals folder.

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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.