‘It is all about connectedness.’ We hear from Pam Morrison one of a small group who have trained to facilitate ‘Welcome Dinners’ in Geelong. Geelong will host its first ‘Welcome Dinner’ on September 24th. ‘Welcome Dinners’ have been very successful in all capital cities in Australia, but have only recently spread to regional towns. Bendigo was the first Victorian township to host a very successful community dinner recently, with 150 attending.
‘The initiative comes under the umbrella of the joiningthedots organisation, which is based on the belief that we can all build connections that bring about the changes we want to see in the world.
For our first home dinner in Geelong we are working directly with Diversitat to make contact with newly arrived refugees, asylum seekers, migrants and international students who may like to attend a dinner in the setting of a volunteer host.
It is a fantastic concept as many newly-arrived Australians are successful in establishing a new life, but are rarely invited into our homes and find it hard to make friendships with locals. Likewise, there are many Australians who would love to meet and make welcome newly-arrived migrants and offer friendship and hospitality and this project brings the two together.
The primary aim of these dinners is to create opportunities for meaningful encounters which not only foster positive relationships between community members but also promote necessary shifts in perception and values. The effect of these shifts will be more connected, peaceful communities and increased social cohesion.’
If you are interested in being involved, call Pam on 0430 153 074 or register via the website https://www.joiningthedots.org/the-welcome-dinner-projecthttps://www.facebook.com/TheWelcomeDinnerProject