MDSI publically launched its Health Food Policy and Manual at Café Kulcha in July 2015.
The policy states our aim to the importance for all people to have access to healthy, culturally appropriate, affordable and acceptable food and promoting that to all staff, clients and the wider community. At the Launch – the MDSI President Peter Lonergan provided the acknowledgement to country and welcomed all the attendees. Following the formalities, everyone was invited to partake in a healthy range of food chosen from the many recipes in the Healthy Food Manual, prepared by Café Kulcha. A MFFF member continues to be part of the WRILC to keep a focus on peri-urban agriculture and food security within the Sydney Basin as part of Food Security. The Right to Food Coalition which is a nationwide network advocating on behalf of Food Security.
If you have some ideas for Fair Food Week, please let us know as this project is coordinated by Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance the equitable, sustainable and resilient food system for all Australians.
Between 2011 – 2013 a two year project was underway in Macarthur promoting the establishment of Food Security initiatives amongst organisations. As at 2016, 60% of the gardens still exist and are developing their own strategies and processes to increase their production, people and support for local food security.
A weekly donation of $20 will enable each household to select affordable groceries, providing an estimated $40+ value of quality food. An audio player appears (see image below) and ReadSpeaker starts reading the text of the webpage out loud. You can select a part of the text that you want to listen to and then press the pop-up Listen button that appears next to the mouse pointer. The Slice of Life program has now finished howerver we welcome all Slice of Life participants and new attendees to come along to MDSI's Coffee Club (details below).
The Community Development Facilitators role is to consult with the community and to provide direction and support for residents to develop and maintain ongoing community projects. The building was privately owned for 17 years until purchased by Macarthur Diversity Services in 2008. Since 2008, MDSI has been vigilant with the maintenance, refurbishment and renovation of this grand old building.
We repair old trailers belonging to the members and we also repair trailers for the Men’s Shed use. We also do special projects for the SES, Housing NSW, the Campbelltown Art Gallery, Beverly Park special school and AB Central. The Men's Shed is funded by Housing NSW, Clubs NSW, University of Western Sydney and the Food Security Project Seeding Grants. If you would like to become a memeber of MDSI just complete and return the application form.
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However, we are always keen to meet energetic and talented people who would like to join our team. Come along to MDSI’s Youth After School Program that offers young people a safe place to hang out and relax in a supportive environment as well as attending workshops on particular topics of interests. Self care activities, musical therapy, relaxation and meditation delivered by a qualified speaker. We will be discussing our next lunch outing, which is to Sydney Tower, so please bring a $50 deposit to secure your spot. MDSI is committed to providing the best possible service but we know things don’t always go the way they should. You can make a complaint yourself or your partner, family member, friend, carer or anyone else you chose can make and manage a complaint on your behalf. Please let us know if you require the assistance of a language or sign language interpreter. MDSI are committed to quality service for all our clients and our staff are now Relay Service ready. Thank you for visiting Macarthur Diversity Services Initiative (MDSI) web site and reviewing our privacy policy. This Privacy Policy covers how MDSI collects, holds, uses and discloses your personal information.
Prior to this date MDSI followed the privacy principles set out in both the Information Privacy Principles (IPPs) and National Privacy Principles (NPPs). MDSI takes privacy seriously and will only collect, hold, use and disclose your personal information in accordance with the Privacy Act.
MDSI understands that anonymity is an important element of privacy and some individual’s may wish to be anonymous or use a pseudonym when interacting with MDSI. Where possible, individuals will have the right to remain anonymous or adopt a pseudonym when dealing with MDSI. Under the Privacy Act, MDSI is required to take contractual measures to ensure contracted service providers (including sub-contractors) comply with the same privacy requirements applicable to MDSI.
We will do this if the client has consented for us to collect the information in this way, or where it is not reasonable or practical for us to collect this information directly from the client (such as in an emergency, because the client is not able to provide the information required or where collection in this way is a reasonable and efficient way to collect the information without inconvenience to the client). We generally use forms, online portals and other electronic or paper correspondence to collect this information.
Information may be collected directly by MDSI or by people or organisations acting on behalf of MDSI.
When we collect personal information, we are required under the Privacy Act to notify you of a number of matters.

All reasonable steps are taken to keep secure any information that is held about individuals. We may also be required to disclose information by or under law or for various legal purposes.
We collect contact details (which may include name, address, email address, and mobile phone number) when individuals interact with us in order to distribute newsletters and other communications in print and electronic form from time to time. Please contact our Privacy Officer using the contact details set out at section 5.1 of this Policy to have your details removed from our mailing lists. We do not supply our database information to other marketing organisations not acting on our behalf.
You also have a right under the Privacy Act to request corrections to any personal information that MDSI holds about you if you think the information is inaccurate, out-of-date, incomplete, irrelevant or misleading. However, the Privacy Act sets out circumstances in which MDSI can decline access to or correction of personal information (e.g. To access or seek correction of personal information we hold about you, please contact MDSI using the contact details set out at section 5.1 of this Policy. It is also possible to access and correct documents held by MDSI under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (the FOI Act).
MDSI will prevent unauthorised persons gaining access to an individual’s confidential records and permit individuals access to their own records when this is reasonable and appropriate.
MDSI will take seriously and deal promptly with any accidental or unauthorised disclosure of personal information.
If you believe we have breached the Australian Privacy Principles please contact our Privacy Officer using the contact details set out at section 5.1 of this Policy. Access to personal information held by MDSI is restricted to authorised persons who are MDSI employees or volunteers.
Electronic and paper records containing personal information are protected in accordance with the relevant MDSI policy and procedures. MDSI regularly conducts audits to ensure we adhere to our protective and computer security policies. Generally MDSI only collects personal information from its website where a person chooses to provide that information. If you visit our website to read or download information, MDSI records a range of technical information which does not reveal your identity. No attempt is made to identify you through your browsing other than in exceptional circumstances, such as an investigation into the improper use of the website. Some functionality of MDSI’s website is not run by MDSI and third parties may capture and store your personal information outside Australia. MDSI's websites may also detect and use your IP address or domain name for internet traffic monitoring and capacity purposes or to otherwise administer the website. There are inherent risks associated with the transmission of information over the Internet, including via email.
MDSI only records email addresses when a person sends a message or subscribes to a mailing list.
If you believe we have breached the Australian Privacy Principles please contact our Privacy Officer using the contact details set out at section 5.2 of this Policy.
We take all complaints very seriously and we will endeavour to respond to your complaint and address your concerns as soon as reasonably practicable. You also have the option of contacting the OAIC (Office of the Australian Information Commissioner) if you wish to make a privacy complaint against MDSI. If you make a complaint directly to the OAIC rather than to MDSI, the OAIC may recommend you try to resolve the complaint directly with MDSI in the first instance. Privacy processes and systems are regularly audited as part of the MDSI audit program and staff, service users and other stakeholders are encouraged to provide ongoing feedback on issues and areas where improvements can be made.
MDSI, in partnership with other local community service organisations provides free English classes to migrants. Other English classes are also provided at MDSI through Campbelltown TAFE and volunteer organisations such as the Marist Sisters. MDSI Playgroups are facilitated by qualified staff and are a great opportunity for families to play, learn and interact together as well as connecting with other local families. Over 40 attendees participated in workshops from No dig Gardening, Worms, Composting, and Permaculture and ate a range of healthy foods. A grant will be required to achieve this, if you are interested in helping with the project, or supplying product to the gardens, please contact Sue Gordon (MDSI) on 02 46271188. By the end of the project 9 community gardens, 1 community pantry and 5 community kitchens were supported throughout the regions. When you click the pop-up Listen button, an audio player appears (see the image below) and ReadSpeaker starts reading the text you have selected. The project is carried out by a Community Development Facilitator engaged by MDSI and Landcom. The 19th Century Victorian house was built in 1882 and served as the residence for the Presbyterian Church Minister until it was sold in 1990. Since 2008 the building has provided a welcoming facility for MDSI’s Aged Care Services and is the venue for twelve Aged Day Care groups, two Social Support groups, three Dementia Respite groups and our Disability group. It also reflects the historical character of our local community as an early Australian country town. As we get older, we all require a little extra tender loving care and upkeep and our beautiful building is no different. Workshops will discuss information on positive parenting, encouraging appropriate behaviour, managing problem behaviour, dealing with risky behaviour, and the implementation of parenting routines. Workshops include communication and conversation skills, emotions and understanding them, stress management, self-esteem, resilience and relationships.

If you are deaf or have a hearing or speech impairment you can contact us via the National Relay Service.
As of 12 March 2014, the IPPs and NPPs were replaced by a single set of privacy principles – the Australian Privacy Principles (APPs).
For example, if you contact our Information Officer with a general query you do not need to provide us with your details. MDSI may also obtain personal information collected by other Commonwealth agencies, State or Territory government bodies, or other organisations. The Privacy Act requires that we should collect information for a purpose that is reasonably necessary for, or directly related to, a function or activity of MDSI.
These include the purposes for which we collect the information, whether the collection is required or authorised by law and any person or body to whom we usually disclose the information.
This information includes your IP or server address, your general locality and the date and time of your visit to the website.
MDSI is not responsible for the content and privacy practices of other websites and encourages you to examine each website's privacy policies and make your own decisions regarding the reliability of material and information found.
If for any reason you wish not to take advantage of cookies, you may have your browser not accept them, although this may disable or render unusable some of the features of MDSI's websites.
No personal information is collected, rather the patterns of usage of visitors to the website may be tracked for the purposes of providing improved service and content based on aggregate or statistical review of user site traffic patterns.
You should be aware of this when sending personal information to us via email or via our website. Any personal information provided, including email addresses, will only be used or disclosed for the purpose for which it was provided. Sign the hire agreement, complete the application details and return both to the MDSI Information Officer. The AMEP provides eligible migrants and refugees with 510 hours of English language training. Written in partnership with SWS Local Health District Health Promotion Service, Multicultural Health and Community Nutrition. Alice Wood from Health Promotions Service provided the reasons for Healthy Food for all people, and invited the attendees to contact Lyndey Robertson, Health Promotions Officer on 02 46403541 for more information on developing and implementing a food policy.
The aim was to encourage greater participation by schools to build and maintain a garden; promote the use of healthy self grown food, use a range of activities to encourage greater use of the garden matched to all areas of the curriculum and sustainable outcomes. By having the text read out loud to you, you can understand the information on the website more easily. The project aims to support the development of both environmentally and socially sustainable services, events, groups and activities that are appropriate, useful and enjoyable for the diverse community of Minto.
MDSI would like to continue the program beyond the time limits of current funding and as such are seeking the support of local business in the form of sponsorship. As custodians of the building MDSI is committed to restoring and preserving this unique piece of local history. Music workshops, creative arts and cooking workshops will also be available for young people who attend. To lodge a complaint, and for further information about our complaints process, please visit our complaints page. However, for most of our services and activities we need sufficient information to enable us carry out our functions and provide our services and programs.
MDSI generally provides this notification by having Privacy Notices on our paper-based forms and online portals. MDSI will only use your personal information for secondary purposes where it is able to do so in accordance with the Privacy Act.
MDSI is not responsible for the privacy practices of these third parties and encourages you to examine each website's privacy policies and make your own decisions regarding their reliability.
If this is of concern to you then you may use other methods of communication with MDSI, such as post, fax, or phone (although these also have risks associated with them). Selection of videos related to community services such as legal help & multiDisability Services.
The sponsorship pack below outlines opportunities for businesses of every size to contribute to the sustainability of Minto on the Go and thereby supporting the greater Minto community.
As there are many visa categories, eligibility for the course can only be established by bringing a passport to the Centre at the time of registration. We are an organisation designed to provide clients with the best possible community services.Room Hire.
Providing older peoples within fun and useful events within the Macarthur community.Youth Activities. Make a meaningful and worthwhile contribution to the wider community of Macarthur.How Green is Mdsi?.
Ethically sourced & produced, Rainforest Alliance Certifed coffee & tasty foodAdditional Services. Including Outreach services, Complex Case Support Services, no intereest loan scheme and tax help.Aged Services. Community aged care services provides social support services to meet the needs of frail aged, elderly people and younger people with disabilities.Family Services.

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