SARA Barron is the Wimmera Development Association’s new settlement officer.
Ms Barron provides assistance to migrants in the Wimmera, helping them to learn essential skills, integrate with the community and find employment.
“Moving to a new area is never easy. I moved here from the UK two years ago. I understand that becoming part of a new community can be disorientating and requires support,” she said.
The association’s settlement services covers Horsham Rural City, Hindmarsh, West Wimmera, Northern Grampians and Yarriambiack shires and includes case management, referrals to specialists and services, assistance with completing documents, advocacy and co-ordinating community education and events.
“The year has already got off to an amazing start with the Karen New Year celebrations in Nhill. The Filo-Aussie Social Group is ready for Australia Day. We are also working closely with other groups on plans for Cultural Diversity Week,” Ms Barron said.