Learning to give back

Thelma at the Australian Multicultural Community Services headquarters. Pic of Thelma. (Damjan Janevski). 253044_01

By Alesha Capone

Point Cook resident Thelma says it is heart-warming to help people in her role at Australian Multicultural Community Services (AMCS).

Thelma was employed by AMCS almost one year ago, after she completed two short courses offered by the service, which is based in Maidstone.

She took a Careers in Aged Care course in order to help her mother-in-law, 74, who began living with her family in 2018.

Thelma also studied a Multicultural Leadership Course.

AMCS offers six short industry-recognised courses – including Employment Pathways Introduction to MYOB Software, Navigating Microsoft Office and Skills for Work and Study – free to residents of Wyndham, Hobsons Bay, Maribyrnong, Melton, Brimbank, Moonee Valley and Melbourne.

In order to take a course, residents must be an Australian or New Zealand citizen or hold an Australian permanent visa.

“The lessons brought me not only knowledge and passion but also an incredible job at AMCS,” Thelma said.

“I am forever grateful.”

Thelma works as an emergency relief officer at AMCS, supporting people with assistance such as food parcels and rental assistance.

“Also every Monday, we give out free food and hygiene packs at Millennium House in Footscray from 2–3pm,” she said.

“I enjoy talking to different people and listening to their stories.

“Most clients get so thankful and send the warmest messages.”

Thelma, a former teacher, is now studying her final semester of social work.

For more information about the short courses, contact Vesna at training@amcservices.org.au, on 0422 226 105 or 9689 9170.

See www.amcservices.org.au/support-and-relief-services/ for details about support offered by AMCS.