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Cooking up a storm

Don’t be fooled by their name, the Pilbara Community Legal Services offers much more than support to those navigating the legal system. In fact, they offer a range of community services, and have a real focus on celebrating our rich multicultural community in Hedland and helping to connect those who are new in town.

Every month, the Pilbara Community Legal Service, or PCLS, hosts “Cooking Up a Storm”, an event that is all about bringing people together and showcasing delicious food from around the world.

In July, the theme was “A Taste of Brazil” with community member and amazing cook, Karine Felix sharing her Brazilian culture with an array of delicious bites and plenty of seafood from her family’s home on the coast of Brazil.

PCLS Community Migrant Service Worker, Victoria Malyk loves these events as she believes cooking and sharing food together is the perfect way to make friends. “The program first started back in 2009 and is run in partnership with Hedland Well Women’s Centre” she said. “Although, we do usually get a lot of ladies coming along, the events are open to anyone in the community, no matter what age or nationality.”

As a remote community in the Pilbara, it is easy to feel isolated and lonely, especially if you are unfamiliar with the culture or find it challenging to make social connections. Through these events, people from all cultural backgrounds can come together, meet new friends, learn about what’s happening in their community, hear about different programs or groups they can get involved in and celebrate and share their culture with others.

The events are funded through community grants and are free for anyone to attend and any community member can cook too. Simply get in touch with Victoria, she’ll organise the ingredients and you can simply cook all those special dishes from your hometown and share them with others during the event.

“We’ve had so many different cuisines over the last few months” Victoria said. “And shared some delicious meals from people from all over the world – Australia, Brazilian, Korean, Malaysia, Poland, just about everywhere”. Coming from the Ukraine nine years ago, Victoria said “she’s landed her dream job” and loves helping others to connect, participate in the community, and take pride in their cultural background.

Keep your eyes peeled too for details around their upcoming November Multicultural Lunch!

The Pilbara Community Legal Service also offers a range of holistic services including:

  • Migrant settlement services
  • Financial counselling
  • Housing support and tenant advisory services
  • Family and Domestic Violence Support
  • Legal aid and redress and
  • Group social activities and one-on-one support.

As a not-for-profit organisation, all their services are free to access.

Contact Victoria for more information or to get involved.

Pilbara Community Legal Services
South Hedland Lotteries House
cmsh@pcls.net.au
9185 5899

South Hedland Lotteries House