Settlement Services Program (SSP) – Volunteer Home Visiting Program

Women’s Health in the South East (WHISE) has been providing settlement services to refugee and migrant women since 2010 with the start of the Settlement Services Program (SSP), funded by the Department of Social Services (DSS) to assist newly arrived and refugee women.

This program will assist women to access mainstream services, increase their knowledge of Australian society, to help them better participate and integrate in the broader community and to develop their independence.

Eligibility criteria for the program:

  • Permanent residents who have arrived in the last five years as humanitarian entrants or as family stream migrants with low English proficiency
  • Residing in local government areas of:
    • Bayside
    • Casey
    • Cardinia
    • Frankston
    • Glen Eira
    • Greater Dandenong
    • Kingston
    • Mornington Peninsula
    • Port Phillip
    • Stonnington

Eligible clients could be provided with orientation and integration, inclusion and participation activities such as;

  • Casework
  • Home visiting program for refugee and newly arrived migrant women
    Volunteers are trained by WHISE to visit clients in their homes or at a preferred place to provide settlement assistance. Volunteers help clients manage the many challenges that make adapting to a new lifestyle in a new country difficult.
  • Group information sessions

For more information or referrals please contact Marian or Shehani on 9794 8677.

Settlement Services brochure [PDF: 348KB]