Clutha Leader : March 26th 2015
Thursday, March 26, 2015 Entertainment – plan your weekend. Page 2 Help for dairy immigrants Group offers support and language skills to the district’s foreign workers By RICHARD DAVISON Asmall not-for-profit group in Clydevale is quietly helping foreign language speaking newcomers to the district find their feet. The Clutha District Settlers Support Group (CDSSG) was formed last year in response to the influx of non-English speaking dairy workers to Clutha Valley, andnow aims to expand its activities Clutha-wide after becoming an incorporated society. Group chairwoman Chris Shaw said themove to incorporate gave CDSSGa formal framework, and, importantly, allowed it to access grant funding for its activities. ‘‘Everything is volunteer-based at this stage, and some projects we seem to do on the smell of an oily rag, butwe feel we’re making a significant difference to these newcomers’ lives, andwould like to expand the scope of our programmes,’’ she said. Key programmes run by the groupwere Everyday English Classes, andLearners’ Driver Licensing. CDSSGalso held an annual Multicultural Celebration. Onthe group’swishlist were a dedicated work space, and a programme co-ordinator. ‘‘Starting out can be very lonely for newcomers, particularly if you speak little or no English. It’s vital to provide bridging support to help thesenew community members to integrate and feel welcomed,’’ Shaw said. She paid homage to the group’s ‘‘hardcore of committed volunteers,’’ adding that more were nowneeded in Clutha’s other towns to expand CDSSG’s reach district-wide. ‘‘Volunteers don’t need any Language help: Membersof the CluthaDistrict Settlers Support Group (CDSSG) Everyday English Class attending their regularMondaynight lesson in Clydevale thisweekwere, from left, Italy’s Cristina Bontanti, the Philippines’ Virginia Bagaoisah, son Marc, and Joel Canilang, and Nicaragua’s ArmandoCenteno, led by volunteer tutor, CluthaValley Primary School principal Val Ward. special qualifications. Our English classes are in a conversational, small group format aimed to deliver the everyday, functional English you need to get by, and wehave other roles people can help with too.’’ Lessons ran from March toMay each year, with all programmes concluding in August to tie in with the dairy calendar. Nationalities assisted by the group had included Filipino, Sri Lankan, Fijian, Nicaraguan, European, Indian, Papuan and manymore. CURTAIN MAKING FREE on curtain orders confirmed by 30 April 2015* + GREAT DEALS ON BLINDS, ROMAN BLINDS AND CURTAIN TRACKS. *Conditions apply. See in-store for details. ALL PAINTAND WALLPAPER ACCESSORIES*. *Discount based off normal RRP. Excludes some trade products. Offer available until 20 April 2015. 10% OFF LINGUA FRANCA What: The Clutha District Settlers Support Group (CDSSG) needs more volunteers across the district. When: Volunteer tutors required for conversational Everyday English Classes running from March to May each year, many other roles available. Who: No special qualifications required. Why: Help foreign language-speaking newcomers to the district pick up vital language and other cultural skills. How: Contact CDSSG chairwoman Chris Shaw on (03) 415 9074 / firstname.lastname@example.org for details. Inset:CDSSGchairwoman Chris Shaw. $20 OFF GUTHRIE BORON ALL 10L *Discount based off normal RRP. Tinting extra. Offer available until 30 April 2015. PAINT*. FREE on carpet orders confirmed by 30 April 2015*. UNDERLAY UPGRADE IMPROVE THE COMFORT AND DURABILITY OF YOUR NEW CARPET. *Conditions apply. See in-store for details. 20% OFF SELECTED AND PLAINS AVAILABLE*. *Selected ranges only. See in-store for full details. Offer available until 30 April 2015. WALLPAPERS. GREAT FEATURE WALL 52 Clyde St, Balclutha Ph 03 418 0131 www.guthriebowron.co.nz 6605106AA BRING YOUR COUPON IN-STORE TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR THESE GREAT OFFERS.
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