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Community video productions include:



This video is a resource for families, teachers and educators. Through Playgroups in Diverse Communities, the Victorian Cooperative on Children’s Services for Ethnic Groups (VICSEG) actively encourages parents, grandparents and carers to support their children’s bilingual language development through stories, music and songs.

The video features Professor John Hajek from the Research Unit for Multilingualism and Cross –Cultural Communication (University of Melbourne), Julie Perrin, storyteller, arts educator and Director of Tellingwords and The Song Room Artists.



 Congratulations on such a fabulous video.  I was very moved by it.

Deborah Nicolson - The Song Room - Director of Programs

What a brilliant video!

Tammy Schlitz – The Song Room – Fundraising & Communications Manager

Playgroups in Diverse Communities is the first in a new series promoting bilingual children’s communication development. This video showcases and celebrates VICSEG New Futures partnership with The Song Room. VICSEG Playgroups actively encourage parents and grandparents to support children’s bilingual language development through music and song.


What a masterstroke of cutting and editing! Talk about Costa the magician…

John Zika – VICSEG – CEO

This video is a resource for professionals who work with vulnerable families and children. It explores the benefits of working together and collaborating across the service continuum. The people who feature in this video are workers and managers from local government, schools and community service agencies. The setting is a workshop sponsored by Communities for Children in the City of Hume. Three partner organisations collaborated to present the workshop, including Lentara Uniting Care Broadmeadows, Berry Street and VICSEG New Futures. The workshop covered topics such as supporting migrant and refugee families; sharing information; respecting the privacy of vulnerable families; and protecting women and children from the negative impacts of family violence. A highlight was the launch of the Hume Pathways Project Report prepared by the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute.


VICSEG New Futures assists newly arrived and refugee students to develop and promote culturally responsive playgroups with six of our experienced bi-cultural playgroup leaders from diverse cultural backgrounds including Karen Burmese, Sudanese, Samoan and Arabic.This video demonstrates how VICSEG’s cultural playgroups also provide an important pathway to training and professional development for our playgroup leaders.



VICSEG facilitates over 25 supported playgroups that offer parents and carers the opportunity to socialise and develop confidence in their parenting skills. These supported playgroups are facilitated by trained and experienced playgroup leaders who come from the same cultural backgrounds as the parents. By providing a well-planned play program and links to the local family services, the playgroup leader builds parents’ confidence to be proactive with regard to the health, development and well-being of their children.


New Opportunities in Family Day Care program provides access to vocational training for women with low literacy and supports them to succeed in their studies and workforce entry. In addition to the delivery of Certificate lll in Children’s Services, the project provides assistance including bilingual language support in class or homework sessions. Trainees receive work placement support, mentoring and assessment, including liaison with placement supervisors. Specialist support is offered to help trainees have their homes assessed and approved to provide Family Day Care.


The Heading Out is a VICSEG New Futures program that fosters communication and engagement between fathers and sons who are at the critical ages of 10-15. The program is intended to address some of the impacts of family instability experienced by African families in the western suburbs of Melbourne in a non-threatening and culturally respectful environment.


Alex Litsoudis is a disabled actor and activist.





LEAP was produced by City of Whittlesea  in 2010


Over the Fence was produced by Whittlesea Interfaith Network in association with Darebin Interfaith Council in 2010.

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