CALD (Culturally and Linguistically Diverse) Services

With 40 years experience in providing services to the culturally and linguistically diverse communities, Co.As.It. Community Services is well placed to understand the needs of the person from a different cultural and language background, coordinate services with the family members and assign care workers who are aware of the client’s preferences, religious beliefs, special celebrations and regional culinary requirements.  Often the care staff will speak the same language as the client.

Co.As.It. Community Services is constantly undertaking research to gather information on the difficulties and concerns of CALD community members who may not be able to access mainstream services due to language barriers, feel isolated due to declining traditional networks, have poor written and/or spoken English skills, have a lack of computer literacy, have difficulty with transport and geographical dispersion or remoteness.   This information is often used to seek Government funding for projects that will inform and educate the client and establish support networks that will make a difference in their daily lives.

Our CIAO (Cultural Italian Activity Opportunity) program caters to the needs of Italian residents. It provides a valuable link between Italian residents in care and the wider community, by bringing together Italian residents to share activities, music, morning teas, and other distinctly Italian cultural past-times, often not available in mainstream facilities. Co.As.It.ʼs bi-lingual activity officers run these valuable socio-recreational groups fortnightly or monthly at over 11 facilities across Brisbane.

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