I often scan the newsletters from IAHSA’s Global Ageing Network partners, such as ACSA in Australia. The articles reveal all of the productive and important activity going on amoung our members, both practical and political.

This week, ACSA featured a publication produced by Volunteering Australia entitled Involving Volunteers from Diverse Cultural and Language Backgrounds in Your Organizations. This is a practical guide to assist not-for-profit organizations to engage volunteers from diverse cultural backgrounds and provide more culturally sensitive services. It also helps organizations become aware fo issues specific to women from culturally diverse communities.

The guide is made up of five modules giving a comprehensive overview of the statistics about diversity, ways to reach out to target communities, recruitment challenges and best practice strategies for dealing with language and other problems.

Developed through funding by the Australian Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) Implementation Project, the guide can be downloaded free from the Volunteering Australia Web site.

This is our second blog about Australian leadership in addressing the issue of cultural diversity. Surely other countries are dealing with this issue as well. Share your programmes with us and the IAHSA family.