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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 21 July 2018
COMMUNITY 8 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 21 JULY 2018 DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM Fronditha Care secures second Labour Agreement to welcome Greek speakers to Australia HELEN VELISSARIS Fronditha Care will be able to sponsor 60 Greek speakers over three years to help fill bilingual staffing demands in aged care. A second Labour Agreement was signed between the Department of Home Affairs and Fronditha Care in June, and is already in effect. It will enable the organisation to hire 20 Greek-speaking foreign workers each year until 2020 to fill personal care assistant roles which are continually in high demand. The successful applicants will be able to work at any of the organisation's five residential aged care facilities, or visit clients in the community as part of Fronditha Care's community services team. Fronditha Care CEO George Lekakis AO has seen a steep jump in demand for culturally and linguistically appropriate home care services, but has struggled to garner local interest. "We had so much demand for Greek-speaking personal care workers, but we just couldn't fill those jobs," he said. "Opening up the employment pool to native Greek speakers, who genuinely have an interest in caring for the elderly, makes sure we can lower our skyrocketing waiting lists and meet the needs Understanding inheritance law for the elderly 101 Powers of attorney, assets, and inheritance can be confusing matters to attend to for most, let alone those who speak English as a second language. To help explain the ins and outs of these issues, and a number of other topics that are relevant to the elderly, their carers and families, Pronia has organised a free information session on Wednesday 8 August. Hosted in collaboration with the Family Mediation Centre at Clayton Community Centre, the session will also provide information about services and programs available to support the elderly, and to prevent financial abuse. Pronia's information session will take place at Clayton Community Centre (Clayton, Monash Youth & Family Services Room, 9 -15 Cooke Street, Clayton, VIC) on Wednesday 8 August from 10.30 am - 12 noon. All welcome. Limited seats available; RSVP by calling Adonis Maglis on (03) 9388 9998. of our cherished bilingual clients." The agreement mirrors the previous Labour Agreement established in 2014 which hired workers over three years, but has since lapsed. The new agreement will see those employees from the first Labour Agreement have the option to apply for permanent residency. Personal care worker Jenny, 23, came to Fronditha Care under the first agreement and believes she has found her new calling. "Spending time with the elderly residents and working alongside them, I realised it was a turning point for my future career," she said. "I understood that I wanted to follow this path and to eventually enrol in nursing." Colleague Dimitra agrees and says she gets a lot of strength from her workplace. "For me, because I came to Australia alone, working at Fronditha Care at a Greek organisation makes me feel like I'm surrounded by family and it helps me feel welcome," she said. Executive manager of hu- man resources Kathleen Fisher said it was especially important for the staff to interact with the residents in their language to ensure they don't feel isolated or misunderstood. "We've been fortunate to welcome some amazing staff members from Greece with the first agreement - but now we can ensure we retain the high standards of care for our elderly who either can't or have forgotten how to speak English," Ms Fisher said. For Jenny, the job also comes with some unexpected perks. "I've been given wonderful advice on how to face obstacles and overcome hurdles from their own life stories and personal experiences," she said. "I am proud that I can keep learning by their side while also following a new rewarding career.” Those who wish to learn more or to apply can call (03) 9552 4100 or visit http://frondithacare.org.au/careers/ Celebrating for a good cause Merimna celebrated 12 years of operations with a fundraiser luncheon last Sunday People from all parts of Melbourne's Greek community joined in to celebrate the 12th anniversary of Merimna, at the Xenia Food Store in Lygon Street last Sunday. The event was held by the Merimna Committee, which celebrated its successful impact on the community. Among the attendees were representatives of the the Papaflessas Social Club, historian and regular Neos Kosmos contributor Jim Claven, and many of the Merimna sponsors such as the Marble Centre, Eleni's Kitchen and Ithea. The event was also an opportunity for the organisation to raise funds - accumulating close to $7,500 - in order to erect a monument in commemoration of Major George Devine Treloar, who helped Asia Minor migrants establish themselves in their new homes in Thrace during the incident of 1923. PHOTO: THOMPSON PRIOR The Merimna Committee is working in association with the Ballarat RSL Pontiaki Estia and the city of Ballarat, Major Treloar's birthplace, with the goal of building the monument by March next year. Right now they are in the process of selecting the artist to undertake the task from a shortlist of three. The final selection will be made in September so that the work on the monument can proceed as scheduled.
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