Multicultural Women’s Club

Multicultural Women’s Club (aka CALD Women’s Club) is a free social club for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Women who live in Mackay (Queensland, Australia). The main focus of the club is to provide activities and workshops for all women to connect, support each other and learn new skills. The Club was created at the end of 2018 by The Neighbourhood Hub in partnership with Mackay Women’s Services to empower CALD women, support them to gain new skills and build confidence, and provide access to relevant services.

CLUB VISION: To create a sustainable socially oriented community, where all women can interact, integrate, and empower each other with warmth, consideration, empathy and with no judgement.

• Encourage women to strengthen their potential for growth through building confidence and inter-relationships.
• Empower all women with knowledge, tools and resources which help them integrate with the community.
• Connecting women who are looking for friends and activities to participate in.
• Sharing and learning each other’s culture and traditions without reservation and with respect.
• Support women who are struggling to find their identity in a new environment.

Club Guidelines:
– What is said in the group, stays within the group.
– Respect that we are all individuals and our accents, perspectives, opinions and beliefs may differ.
– Please be sensitive, understanding and inclusive.
– We all contribute to a safe and respectful space.

Multicultural Women’s Club always welcomes new participants! We meet every Friday, 10 am – 12 pm at Mackay Women’s Centre, 418 Shakespeare street. And occasionally do outings and excursions. For more information please email or call 07 4957 2626


Safer Pathways for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) Women

The aim of the Safer Pathways for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) Women is to help CALD women living in regional areas that are experiencing, or at risk of, family and domestic violence or sexual assault, to access the support that they need. It is a two-year research project to identify ways to improve pathways into Domestic and Family Violence support services for CALD Women.

Family and domestic violence and sexual assault support services play a critical role in most Australian communities to help women who are experiencing violence, or who may have experienced violence in the past. Consultation with CALD women indicates that services could be more proactive in offering support, and could work with CALD specific services, such as multicultural services, to assist CALD clients to become familiar with the kinds of support available.


The Australian Government has developed a Family Safety Pack for men and women coming to Australia. It includes information on Australia’s laws regarding domestic and family violence, sexual assault and forced marriage, and a woman’s right to be safe.

The pack includes eight fact sheets on the following topics:

The pack also includes a low literacy storyboard.

Anyone accessing the pack is encouraged to share it with their community, organisation or family.

The Family Safety Pack is translated into the 46 languages below:

For more information please go to


The program’s objective is to:

  • Achieve positive outcomes for at risk (or victims of domestic and family violence) CALD women, their children and their families by improving their safety and wellbeing; advancing gender equality and reduction of violence against women and children.
  • Identify and reduce barriers to accessing support services for CALD women living in regional areas experiencing, or at risk of, family / domestic violence and or sexual assault.
  • Improve access to domestic and family violence services for CALD women, provide support and education.
  • Identify and test lasting ways for Safer Pathways workers to collaborate and work together with other community organisations, service providers and government agencies in the Mackay area to provide CALD women the best support available to them.

The research project is part of a national initiative, the Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Projects using Action Research (CALD PAR) with short term funding from the Commonwealth Department of Social Services.  The research results from all of the projects in the initiative have now been published by the Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety (ANROWS). This report provides key insights into “what works” for prevention and safer pathways activities engaging CALD communities in Australia.

The Neighbourhood Hub is proud to have participated and contributed to this CALD PAR initiative. To read the ANROWS CALD PAR summary report, please follow this link:

Safer Pathways for CALD Women Program is delivered in the Mackay area by The Neighbourhood Hub in partnership with the Mackay Women Services (Mackay Women’s Centre and Domestic Violence Resource Service) and the Mackay Integrated Service Team. The program also collaborates with the Mackay Regional Council’s “Mackay Draws the Line” initiative and other government and non-government agencies in Mackay.

Click here to download the brochure

Relevant Information


Safer Pathways program in partnership with Mackay Women’s Services runs Multicultural Women’s Club – a free social group for all women of Mackay to connect, support each other, build confidence and learn new skills. The Club meets every Friday, 10am – 12pm at Mackay Women’s Centre, 418 Shakespeare street.

For more information please call 07 4957 7222 or 0400 788 218 or email


If you would like more information about us, have a suggestion, would like to tell us about a need in your community or connect with a particular community group please give us a call on 4957 2626 or contact us here.