Our programs and partnerships are working towards Culture, Capacity & Community.
They are built around preserving and sharing African cultures, providing capacity-building opportunities, and working with our community to build positive relationships with the African Communities of Greater Shepparton.
The community garden was established in 2017 by African and non-African community members as part of a larger program with the Ethnic Council of Shepparton & District and the Department of Justice.
As part of the project, the African Focus team engaged with both African and Non-African stakeholders about the key areas of interest to explored in a survey.
We employed 7 local African people to work on a number of initiatives at St Paul’s African House.
St Paul’s African House in partnership with RMIT University, AP Marketing Works delivered a 6 week business program for African community members to learn about starting their own business.
The concept for the festival is to showcase African cultures to the Shepparton community, break down barriers of fear, mistrust, and racism and inform the community that Africa is not one but 54 countries and Africans are not all the same but come from diverse cultural, linguistic and religious backgrounds.
Heard Instinct is a contemporary creative movement of young people from First Nations, Pasifika, and African backgrounds living in Yorta Yorta country in Shepparton, Numurkah, and Echuca. A series of workshops were held to develop skills in songwriting and to collaboratively write new songs with the options of recording and performing the new works they created.
Brighter Futures was designed to addresses the mental, physical, and emotional wellbeing of youth of African heritage in Greater Shepparton.
This project will assist African-Australian adults over 21 years of age to gain safe driving skills and obtain a driver’s licence, opening the pathway to employment, social inclusion, access to local services, and community participation.
Circus Sisi Wote is a partnership between Westside Circus and St Paul’s African House that began in 2017.