Hampton Park Women’s Friendship Cafe

Ms GRALEY (Narre Warren South) — Just last week I had the great pleasure of welcoming the Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Robin Scott, to our diverse local community.

We began the day at the Women’s Friendship Cafe at River Gum Primary School, which was funded through a small grant from the Alfred Felton Bequest. The cafe provides a much-needed opportunity for women who would otherwise be socially isolated to make friends and acquire new skills. They can also bring their children, as students completing the early learning certificate at Chisholm Institute provide a playgroup session.

The minister and I met with the tireless project leader, Elaine Smith; principal Roma McKinnon; executive director of the Victorian Immigrant and Refugee Women’s Coalition, Melba Marginson; and many of the women who now enjoy this wonderful program. Special thanks go to school captains Elisa Truong and Owen Rocas, who were outstanding tour guides.