The Southwest Newcomer Welcome Centre is a welcoming space in downtown Swift Current that provides programming and resources to assist newcomers who have chosen to settle in Southwest Saskatchewan. It is a Regional Gateway that welcomes immigrants and refugees and supports their adjustment in Canada with services, initiatives and activities that promote diversity, participation and integration.
Since opening its doors in 2008, the Welcome Centre has been vital in meeting the real needs of newcomers by providing client-responsive and project-driven service in order to improve settlement, integration and retention outcomes.
Services and Programs:
The three main services are the following:
Gateways Services – The Welcome Centre is the first point of contact for newcomers. The Centre promotes all government and community information, resources and services available.
Settlement Services – Assists newcomers in taking responsibility, informed and proactive steps towards successful settlement into their new community while providing a comfortable and safe environment.
SWIS – Settlement Worker in Schools – A school-based outreach program designed to help newcomer students gain a cultural awareness and understanding. Program is for students, parents and school staff.
Some ongoing programs include:
Driver Education – Newcomers seeking a driver’s licence can attend the required six hours of in-class drive education and instruction.
Language Explore Club – An ESL (English as a Subsequent Language) support to newcomer children.
Homework Club – volunteers help our newcomer students with their school work.
Southwest Culture Fest – a new festival in Saskatchewan created to celebrate Canada 150. The bi-weekly events feature exciting entertainment that reflects Saskatchewan’s cultural diversity. It starts on July 14th in Maple Creek and the first show in Swift Current in on July 15th. There is another show in Shaunavon on August 11th. Attendance is free and everyone is welcome.
At present The Welcome Centre has welcomed newcomers from at least 84 countries, with newcomers from: Philippines, India, Ukraine, Mexico, Colombia and Korea as the top countries of origin. Newcomers from Jordan, Croatia, Morocco, Syria, Malaysia, and Eritrea first arrived in the last 12 months.
The Welcome Centre’s doors are always open to anyone who wants to come and know more about the Centre and the many different cultures represented in the Southwest.
Ways you can help:
- Be a volunteer in the different programs
- In kind donation of furniture (couches, dining tables, chairs, dressers, etc.)
- Cash donations (tax receipts issued)
- Suggestions put forward for projects/partnerships that help in the settlement and integration of newcomers.
For more information contact:Icasian de Gala, Executive Director – 237 Central Avenue North, Swift Current, SK S9H 0L3 – 306-778-6252
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http://www.newcomerwelcomecentre.com/ or through Social Media
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