Woodville Alliance serves and celebrates the diverse communities of Western Sydney, one of the most ethnically diverse communities in Australia.
From Fairfield, Villawood, Carramar, Bankstown, Auburn, Guildford, we partner with our Western Sydney clients to achieve our vision of a fairer, more just society. The Woodville team have a commitment to respecting cultural diversity, including diversity in personal and religious values. We value all Australians including those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
Whether it be Christmas, Chinese New Year or Eid-al-Fitr, Woodville Alliance recognises the significance of these important festivals for the wide range of people with whom we work and support.
Recently, for the first time, our Disability Services staff and clients came together to celebrate an important date in the Muslim calendar — Eid.
Eid is a feast that can last up to three days — for Muslims it a joyous celebration, with the underlying purpose of celebrating their faith. It is the culmination of the month-long period of fasting, prayer, giving and reflection: Ramadan.
During Eid, Woodville clients and staff who are of the Muslim faith took time out to celebrate with their families and communities and Woodville wanted to join in the celebrations. To demonstrate our recognition of the importance of Eid to many, we organised a gathering of our clients and staff.
After much excitement and anticipation for our clients, the day arrived. Many of our clients dressed in traditional dress and expressed their sense of pride.
For our staff, it was a chance to pitch in and help with a special celebration, which they could share with our clients. For our clients it was a day of fun, laughter, food and dance.
For one of our clients, it was an opportunity to give a short speech to kick off the celebrations. It was a great privilege to witness the giving of this speech, which was a demonstration of our client’s confidence, trust and expression of his abilities.
If you know an adult with an intellectual disability, contact us to find out how Woodville can support them.
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