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History

Australia is one of the most culturally diverse nations in the world and migrant communities are ageing at a significantly faster rate than the general population. According to the most recent census, over 30% of the Australian population aged 65 years and over are from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CaLD) backgrounds.

Despite this, people from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds remain under-represented in aged care services and struggle to find providers that are responsive to their needs.

This need gave rise to Umbrella Multicultural Community Care Services Inc being created in 2000 and today Umbrella Inc. is a leading not-for-profit organisation with 160 staff, 80 volunteers and over 1,000 clients from 70 countries.

Our services are provided by support staff and volunteers who speak more than 40 different languages and are from migrant backgrounds themselves.

We have representatives on national and state advisory groups and we partner with a variety of other organisations to deliver successful programs such as Carer Gateway, Care Finder, Support at Home, Social Support Groups and the Aged Care Voluntary Visitors’ Scheme (ACVVS).

Umbrella has serviced thousands of seniors from CaLD communities over the past 23 years and provided advice regarding culturally appropriate care delivery to the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety.

History

Our over 80 volunteers come from a variety of cultural and linguistic backgrounds

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