Archive | November, 2011

Hello this is Amal!

29 Nov

For the next couple of weeks we are lucky to have Amal on board to help us out. Amal is completing her student placement, and I’ll let her introduce herself in her own words:

Hello this is Amal!

I’m an international student doing public health at La-Trobe Uni. I’m very excited as this is my final year of studies and I will be going back soon to Emirates where my home town is. It has been a great and a rewarding experience being in Australia and meeting new people.  I have developed many personal skills.  I have appreciated the time being away from home as it has helped me to be an independent and a very patient person when it comes in dealing with my personal issues and homesickness.

At the mean time I’m doing some hours with DIVRS to complete my required student’s placement. I’m enjoying working here, people are very nice and approachable.  I have done some hours with the Darebin City Council. I was involved in running some activities in the day of the Festival of Light and Friendship.

Today Amal investigated some of DOSA’s background. She wrote the following report on what DOSA has been up to over the past couple of years:

What DOSA has done in the recent past years?

  • Working mostly with students (international) around the age of 18-25.
  • Involving students in a social, cultural and economic aspect.

 DOSA has promoted:

  • Students home stay program.
  • Work experience program.
  • Living libraries
  • OZONE lounge drop in centre.
  • Receive the DOSA news letters.

 Recent events:

  • Festival of Light and Friendship.

Aimed to welcome international students and celebrate cultural diversity of Darebin.

  •  Welcoming international students to Darebin

Aimed to introduce students to the local culture and provide information about different services. 

  • New overseas students’ advisory committee.

Aimed to provide support to international students to aid awareness and education. 

  • Bollywood comes to Darebin.

Aimed to gather students in specific event where everyone will be involved and collaborative. 

  • Funding to support overseas students

Aimed to support the rights and wellbeing of international students 

  • Home stay – encouraging cultural exchange.

Aimed to provide a chance of a cultural exchange between a local family and international students. 

  • Home stay – host sought for overseas students.

Aimed to explore ways to provide greater support for international students facing housing stress. 

  • An invitation to international students

Aimed to invite international students in welcoming events on 17 March 2010 presented by Darebin city at present city hall.

As you can see, DOSA has been BUSY. Over the next year, DOSA will be assessing its strengths and thinking about how it can support international students who live or study in the Darebin area. If you have any feedback or ideas in this area then please leave a comment.

Professional Development Opportunity: Learn about Philanthropy and Funding for Community Organisations

15 Nov

STOP PRESS!!! Do any DOSAites out there want to learn more about how to obtain funding for community groups (like DOSA); or about philanthropy in the Darebin area? DOSA project worker Meredith will be attending PluGIN, which is an information evening about these things. If anyone connected with DOSA would like to come along with her then let her know by 5pm WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 16. PluGIN will be held on 24th November, 5.30-7pm, in Northcote. It is a free event and supper will be provided. This is a great professional development opportunity, as well as an opportunity to link up with the Darebin community. 

PluGIN is organised by the Inner North Community Foundation and here is what they have to say about the event:

“PLuGIN to philanthropy and community on 24 November with the Inner North Community Foundation!

 The Inner North Community Foundation’s first ever PLuGIN (Philanthropy Leadership Group in the Inner North) event is coming up in two weeks on Thursday 24 November from 5.30pm – 7.00pm. We are pleased to announce Mary Crooks, Northcote resident, and Executive Director of the Victorian Women’s Trust will be our inaugural speaker, talking about philanthropy and community.

 PLuGIN will be held at our spiffy new offices on High Street Northcote – over the road from the Northcote Town Hall. 


PLuGIN is an opportunity to think about philanthropy in a local context, meet people who are interested and involved in philanthropy and community, and open up discussion.  It is also an opportunity to learn more about the Inner North Community Foundation.

We hope you will be able to join us. To enable us to cater adequately please rsvp.”

If you want to go then let DOSA Project Worker Meredith know by 5pm 16th November 2011. You can contact Meredith on or 9480 8205 or via facebook.

DOSA Newsletter Nov 2011

10 Nov

DOSA Update!

Allow me to introduce myself – My name is Meredith and I am the new Project Worker for DOSA.

 What is happening with DOSA right now?

DOSA has moved! As some of you might know, DOSA has been run as a program of the local Council (the City ofDarebin) over the last couple of years. DOSA now has a new home, and is now being run by an organisation called the Darebin Information, Volunteer & Resource Service (DIVRS). But Council is still very much involved with DOSA and will still be offering lots of support and opportunities to DOSA.

This move to DIVRS is a good thing. Why? Because DIVRS has lots of great programs, people and information that can help DOSA. If you want to know more about DIVRS then check out its web page –

Where do I come in? Recently, DOSA was awarded a grant from the Department of Immigration and Australian Citizenship. Some of this money will be used to pay a Project Worker (that’s me!) to support DOSA, with a little money left over to pay for any activities we might want to organise.

I am very happy to be working with DOSA. In the past I have worked as an event manager and project coordinator on many different projects. At one point I used to work atRMITUniversityfor student services departments for about 5 years. During that time I worked with many student collectives and groups, including overseas students. I loved it and had great fun. 

So what exactly does the future hold for DOSA? You tell me! It is very important for DOSA to start thinking about the future. DOSA is funded only up until 30 September 2012. After this I will disappear and there will be no more money. One of the things I have been hired to do is to help DOSA come up with a plan as to how they are going to survive into the future. I need the people who are a part of DOSA to tell me what they want DOSA to be and how they think we should organize this.

How will we do this? We can talk during some of the regular DOSA Drop In Sessions at Northlands Youth Centre on Thursday nights. DOSA will again be attending the Summer Camp at Anglesea, which is run by the City of Darebin. This will be another opportunity for some DOSA folks to get together and have a conversation about DOSA. I am contactable through facebook (‘Dosa Darebin’), email ( ) or you can leave a comment on the DOSA blog ( ). Please get involved. Make me happy by answering my endless questions.

Upcoming events

PIZZA NIGHT AT DOSA DROP IN –Thursday, 10 November 2011, 6.30-9pm, Northland Youth Centre, Free event.

What is DOSA doing in 2012? DOSA is getting ready for a great year. Come along and meet the newDOSAproject worker on Thursday 10 November and talk about what you want fromDOSAin 2012.

SUMMER CAMP – 15-17 January 2012 at Anglesea.

Following on from last year’s successful camp, the City of Darebinwill once again be organizing a Summer Camp at Anglesea for DOSA. This camp will offer the chance to have fun, get to know your DOSA friends better, and much more… If you would like to attend this great camp then feel free to email for more information. Registration forms, exact cost and more information will be available very soon.

 I want to make this newsletter bigger and better. Do you have an event coming up? Looking for a new housemate? Want to sell your fridge? If you have anything to contribute to the next newsletter then please email it to

How to contact DOSA:


Facebook: Dosa Darebin at


This project is funded by the Australian Government Department of Immigration and Citizenship through the Diversity and social Cohesion Program. For more information, visit

DOSA is also supported by the City ofDarebinand Northlands Youth Centre.

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9 Nov

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