Our Story

Australian Multicultural Community Services (AMCS) has over 35 years of experience in supporting older Victorians to live safely at home for as long as possible.

Mission Statement

To improve lives through care, support and empowerment.

218
Employees

185
Volunteers

32
Languages

Services include:

Our many interesting activities give you the opportunity to make friends and stay connected with your community. We organise arts and craft, exercise sessions, learning workshops, and traditional and religious celebrations.

Our team is flexible and professional, and offers personalised services to help improve your life and wellbeing.

History

  • 1983

    A visionary group of community leaders established Australian Polish Community Services (APCS) for Polish people to have equal access to social services and opportunities for their senior care. APCS started with five staff members and six volunteers.

  • 1986

    After the sudden death of the key founder, Zbigniew Dabkowski, the organisation struggled.

  • 1990

    Funding stopped and APCS faced an uncertain future.

  • 1991

    North West Migrant Resource Centre and Department of Immigration provided much-needed support. APCS secured permanent funding to re-establish services and create new programs.

  • 1993

    Received funding to establish Volunteer Visiting Programs with 11 volunteers visiting six nursing homes.

  • 1997

    Worked with Anti-Cancer Council of Victoria for the first Polish Living with Cancer Program. Statistics showed the Polish community had the third largest group of cancer sufferers in Victoria.

    The program ran over eight weeks and consisted of Polish health professionals to ensure culturally tailored information.

  • 2003

    APCS celebrated 20 years with 58 staff members and 50 volunteers.

  • 2008

    APCS celebrated 15 years of volunteer visiting programs. Our 53 volunteers supported 83 clients across Melbourne’s Western and Northern Regions.

  • 2009

    APCS changed the organisation name to Australian Multicultural Community Services (AMCS) to support all cultures.

  • 2010

    Moved office from Footscray to Maidstone due to growth.

  • 2012

    First senior art exhibition at Albion Polish Club with over 30 participants.

  • 2013

    AMCS celebrated 30 years and successfully commenced working relationships
    with the Ethiopian community in Melbourne and the Filipino community in Geelong.

    The Honourable Alex Chernov AC QC (28th Governor of Victoria) and his wife Elizabeth attended.

  • 2017

    AMCS experienced its strongest growth period after the federal government opened home care services to the market.

  • 2018

    Celebrated 35 years at Parliament House in Queens Hall with 151 staff members and 130 volunteers. AMCS also started Moving for Life — our biggest project to improve the physical wellbeing of seniors.

  • 2021

    Proudly launched Ride with Matilda, a surrey bike program, to improve the mental and physical health of multicultural seniors in the Western suburbs.

    The event brought together The Honourable Bill Shorten MP, Cr Michael Clarke, Mayor of Maribyrnong, and Gamini Perera OAM, founder and president of SCATS (Sri Lankan Study Centre for the Advancement of Technology & Social Welfare Inc, Australia) as keynote speakers.

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Annual Reports

Our annual reports provide a comprehensive overview of AMCS’ work and achievements over the past financial year.

AMCS Annual Report 2019-2020
AMCS Annual Report 2018-2019
AMCS Annual Report 2017-2018
AMCS Annual Report 2016-2017
AMCS Annual Report 2015-2016

AMCS Newsletter

Connection October 2021
Strength August 2021
Friendship June 2021
Kindness April 2021
Solidarity February 2021
Celebration December 2020
Connection October 2021
Strength August 2021
Friendship June 2021
Kindness April 2021
Solidarity February 2021
Connection October 2021
Strength August 2021
Friendship June 2021
Kindness April 2021
Solidarity February 2021
Connection October 2021
Strength August 2021
Friendship June 2021
Kindness April 2021
Solidarity February 2021
Connection October 2021
Strength August 2021
Friendship June 2021
Kindness April 2021
Solidarity February 2021

Postal Friend Newsletter

AMCS Volunteer Coordinators established the Postal Friend Newsletter during COVID-19’s first lockdown as an alternative way to keep in touch. Due to popular demand, the newsletter has continued on a quarterly basis with jokes and games, community stories and social inclusion initiatives.

June 2021
November-December 2020
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