A support network helping new migrants calling Harvey home adjust to life in Australia is set to be launched this month. The Harvey Community Resource Centre has teamed with Multicultural Services Centre WA to implement a Multicultural Social Support Group, an initiative allowing people from overseas to learn about Australian culture and language, as well as connect with other residents in the town. MSCWA volunteer and class facilitator Cherie Musitano said it was an opportunity for migrants to have someone to talk to and clarify misunderstandings as well as cultural differences. “Myself and any other people that can come along to volunteer and help are hoping this will be a way of bridging that gap,” she said. “The sad thing is they leave us because they then have the confidence to go to TAFE and improve their English or they get a job because they’ve improved their English.” Harvey CRC has received a $1000 community grant from Kleenheat to run the program and hopes its initial implementation into the community will keep the ball rolling. Harvey CRC manager Tracey-Anne Davis said it was initially just a way for the CRC to put their toes in the water and test the community. “We know there’s a need for English to be learnt but we also want to find out what other services they need, so we’re starting off with English,” she said. Settlement Engagement and Transition Support case officer Julie Todter said the group welcomed everyone and the program was a casual way to practise English without feeling embarrassed. “My presence here with the SETS program and this group is, hopefully, going to pull new migrants out of the woodwork so that we can all meet each other and we can see what their needs are,” she said. The program will start on September 6 at the Harvey CRC and run for six weeks.