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					      ON THE SAME WAVE
      Department of Communities
International Volunteer Day Symposium

            Presentation by
             John Brennan
           SLSQ Acting CEO
‘On the Same Wave’

•   Aims to provide support to
    young Australians of all
    backgrounds, particularly
    young Australians of Middle
    Eastern background, refugees,
    Aboriginal and Torres Strait
    Islanders to engage in Surf Life
    Saving throughout
    Queensland.

•   It also aims to increase Surf
    Life Saving’s openness and
    responsiveness to cultural
    diversity and increase diversity
    within clubs.
Diversity
•   Diversity is about celebrating
    difference

•   Inclusion is about including all
    people

•   Inclusion is not just about
    not excluding it is also about
    thinking of ways to actively
    include others.
Diversity
             Question:
    Doesn’t everyone deserve
    equal treatment in Surf Life
    Saving?

             Answer:
              YES

•   Surf Life Saving has always
    welcomed everyone and
    treated everyone equally.

•   ‘On the Same Wave’ is about
    exploring ways that we can
    ensure everyone knows we
    are welcoming.
Research…
 • The research clearly indicates
   that there is a ‘gap’ between
   the image we believe we have
   and the image we actually
   have.

 • ‘On the Same Wave’ is about
   closing the gap.

 • The program will provide the
   know-how for clubs to make
   sure people from all
   communities know about:

 • Surf safety
 • The role of Surf Life Saving
 • All the ways they could be
   involved.
‘On the Same Wave’
•   Isn't everyone equal in Surf Life
    Saving?

•   ‘On the Same Wave’ is not about
    giving people special treatment,
    its about giving them:

    –   Information about surf
        awareness – that’s our job

    –   A positive experience at the
        beach and with Surf
        Lifesavers

    –   A warm welcome if they want
        to join including the provision
        of multilingual information to
        assist them in becoming
        volunteers with the Clubs.
On the Same Wave – Benefits to SLS…
•   increased membership = more volunteers
•   reduced rescues
•   increase water safety education to users of the surf environment
•   reaching untapped community groups
•   reduced drowning
•   improved relations on the beach with people from diverse cultural
    backgrounds.
•   PR – running ‘On the Same Wave’ activities will guarantee you
    media coverage = promoting participation in community life
•   Relationship building with local councils and community
    multicultural associations.
•   Generates good will for Surf Life Saving and extends our role as
    an active player in the community.
•   Promoting an active and healthy lifestyle for children and adults in
    CALD communities (Culturally and Linguistically Diverse)
•   Employment opportunities as trainers, lifeguards etc from within
    CALD Communities.
On the Same Wave
•   It’s not special treatment –
    it’s just a special welcome!


           THANK YOU

           QUESTIONS!!

				
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