CatholicCare Sydney’s Multi Mix Mob program receives a Merit Award in Catholic Social Services Australia 12th Annual Awards

Posted 23 October 2014 12:27pm

Media Release

23 October 2014

CatholicCare Sydney’s Multi Mix Mob program was recognised with a Merit Award in the Norma Parker Award category for Most Innovative Program at the 12th Annual Catholic Social Services Australia Awards.

The Multi Mix Mob is first and foremost a playgroup providing a safe and welcoming place for Indigenous families to meet. It has grown to become known for its music after CatholicCare Sydney’s Luke Edwards, Coordinator of The Bridge program, was invited to teach the group how to play the guitar.

Since then, the Multi Mix Mob has used music and their personal experiences to bring strength and harmony to communities around Australia and the world.

The Multi Mix Mob guitar mob comprises five Indigenous women who, with CatholicCare’s support, use music and other means to spread a powerful and positive message to communities affected by social issues like domestic violence, and alcohol and other drug addictions.

The Multi Mix Mob, has presented a paper at the World Indigenous People’s Conference on Education in Hawaii, and performed at the launch of the Second National Action Plan to reduce Violence against Women and their Children. The Multi Mix Mob is also supported by Connect Marrickville and the Kindergarten.

Catholic Social Services Australia’s Award judges acknowledged the important role that women have in Aboriginal communities and the way in which the Multi Mix Mob program has empowered them to find their voices.

The 12th Annual Catholic Social Services Australia Awards were announced on Tuesday evening at Parliament House, Canberra in the presence of Senators and Members of Federal Parliament.

Catholic Social Services Australia is the Catholic Church’s peak national body for social service agencies across the country. For over 50 years it has assisted its member agencies to promote a fairer, more inclusive society that reflects and supports the dignity, equality and participation for all people.

The Catholic Social Services Australia Awards pay tribute to the outstanding programmes, organisations and people, who work tirelessly and often quietly for a better life for vulnerable people within our communities.

Media queries, including high resolution images, please contact Chris Norris on (02) 6285 1366

For more information on the Multi Mix Mob please contact Nicole Ryan, CatholicCare Sydney on (02) 9558 4036

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