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Welcome to Bilingual Families Perth

Bilingual Families Perth is a not for profit network of linguistically diverse people in Western Australia.

Our network connects over 500 families and individuals from more than 40 language backgrounds. In the past 10 years we have provided support for families who speak Afrikaans, Bengali, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Cantonese, Catalan, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Farsi, Finnish, French, German, Gujarati, Greek, Hindi, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Macedonian, Malay, Malayalam, Mandarin, Mongolian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Samoan, Serbian, Spanish, Swahili, Swiss-German, Swedish, Tagalog, Tamil, Turkish, Vietnamese besides various dialects of the relevant languages.

Most families have pre-school or school aged children and we are experiencing similar issues while raising our children in more than oke language. We also work together with professionals who share information on bilingualism. We can probably put you in touch with people who speak your language.

 

Current activities:

Follow us on facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/#!/BilingualFamiliesPerth, also please sign up to our newsletter by clicking the orange button on the top right of this homepage.

Download a flyer with our upcoming events here: http://www.bilingualfamilies.net/modules/download_gallery/dlc.php?file=3

Join us on Saturday 25 June 2016 for our traditional multicultural lantern walk at Kings Park.  It's a good opportunity to have a family picnic before the walk. Please bring your friends along. All welcome. Free event. Meet us outside the Sticky Beak Cafe near the Ivey Watson Lotterywest playground. Come at 5:40pm to learn some German lantern songs. The walk starts at 6pm sharp. We normally finish by 7pm. No RSVP required. No open fires please.

The next workshop on Raising Children in more than one language in Perth is on Saturday 25 June 2016. Cost: $30 per person, $25 for members, $10 for concession card holders. Venue: TBC. Fees include hand-outs. Limit: 15 participants, non-mobile babies welcome. This workshops will be repeated bi-monthly. Download the registration form here: http://www.bilingualfamilies.net/pages/en/downloads.php.

Workshop in Geraldton, Bunbury, Kimberley or Southwest of WA? We are still keen on holding a workshop in other regional centres, such as Broome or York and other towns in the Southwest of WA sometime in the future. Please send an e-mail to bilingualfamilies@yahoo.com.au if you are interested in regional workshops and especially if you could give us a hand with organising them.

 

Bilinguals Connect: (now sorted by language)

Ilonke is looking for some Afrikaans speaking playgroup in preferably southern suburbs of Perth. Contact her by e-mail on walco_aust@bigpond.com

Morsi lives in Bellevue near the hills with a three year old boy. He speaks Egyptian Arabic and is looking for a Sunday playgroup where children can play and interact with each other in Arabic. Please contact 044 91 888 90 or email morsiman@ymail.com.

Maria is our new Arabic Language Coordinator. She has a 5month old boy and is keen on bringing Arabic specking families together. Call her on 0428 130 0910428 130 091 or maria.c.maggi@gmail.com. (Feb16)

Wafa lives in Huntingdale with a 4yo girl. She would like her girl to interact with other Arabic speaking childen. The meetings would have to be on a weekend. Please contact her on wafa.lama@hotmail.com.

Sophia is an Arabic speaking mum of one boy 3years old who would like to start Kids Arabic Language club. She lives in the Swan Valley, about 45min from CBD, and would be happy to travel about 20 min of her place on Tuesdays mornings once or twice a month. The focus of the language club will be on the children learning and interacting in Arabic through stories and songs and organized activities. Contact her on 0438 616 278 or alraskal@yahoo.com.

Two other opportunities for Arabic speakers. Both families are looking for same language speakers:

  • Rawah lives in the City of Cockburn with school aged children. Contact her on 0429 877 006 or rawaakram2000@yahoo.com.

  • Sherine lives in the Town of Victoria Park with a toddler. Contact her on 0437 223 787 or sherines@gmail.com .

The Czech Kids Language Club is meeting at Woodlands Primary School on Saturday mornings 9:45-11:45. Ring Tereza to find out more on 0428 501 010.

Just to let you know that the Dutch Playgroup Perth moved to a new venue. The new address is Cottesloe Scout and Community Centre, 65 Eric Street @ Cottesloe. Contact: dutchplaygroupperth@hotmail.com or you can have a look at the facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dutch-Playgroup-Perth/210093352389116 (Jan15)

Samar is a Farsi speaker who has recently moved to Perth with her young family, incl a 20 months old boy. She is looking for same language speakers in the Connelly area. Contact her on 0413 297 371. (Mar16)

A Finnish playgroup meets on a casual basis in the northern suburbs. For more information, please look up the Facebook group 'Finnish Playgroup (Perth)'. You can also join the Facebook group called 'Perthin Suomi-koulu'.

The Perth Finnish School meets at the Immanuel Finnish Lutheran Church at 30 Nicol  Road, Parkwood WA 6147.  More information can be found at http://www.suomikirkkoperth.com/suomi-koulu.html or via email suomikouluperth@gmail.com . Tervetuloa!

The French School of Perth in Woodvale has some vacancies. Mondays and Tuesdays 8.40am-3.30pm. More details and enrolments on 0438 651 567 or at frenchschoolofperth@hotmail.com. Courses start in February, website www.123soleil.com.au. (Jan15)

Tatjana looks after a facebook page for French speaking parents in Perth - "French parents in Perth". She would love to meet more French speakers and is looking into establishing a French playgroup in Claremont on Friday mornings. Her boy is 2yo old. Contact her on 0404 005 821 or email tatianacalderondsa@gmail.com.

2015 Kids Language Club in Rockingham in French and German. Ombeline opened The Reef Kids in Margaret River where she has been running French and German playgroups and also offers classes for primary children. She is a LOTE teacher and overseas pre-primary teacher with over 10 years experience all around the world. In 2015 she will be moving to Rockingham and wants to start a Kids Language club and classes for children in the Rockingham area. Get in touch with her, if you are interested thereefkids@bilingualfamilies.net.

A German Playgroup for parents with children from 0-5 years meets in the eastern suburbs on Thursdays 3:30-5:30pm at the Bayswater Family Centre, 53 Murray Street, Bayswater, WA 6053, Activity Room 2. Contact: bayswaterplaygroup@gmail.com.

On Friday mornings meets German Playgroup in Kingsley at The Homestead, 48 Peregrine Drive, Kingsley, WA 6026 . For more information and to find out about vacancies please e-mail kcfcpmemberships@gmail.com. There are no longer Italian and Mandarin Playgroups in Kingsley.

Anja wants to meet German speaking parents with newborn babies in Beeliar near Freo (SOR), please get in touch with her on 0438 013 383 or email anjagoltz@yahoo.de.

The Coastal Playgroup in City Beach has a Japanese session (Thursday morning) running for years, which is very popular. As per Term 1/2016, they are starting a German speaking session (Monday morning), and this is an invitation for more families to join, please email coastalplaygroup@gmail.com.

Gemma has a 1 year old and a 4 year old and they are looking for any Hebrew speaking families, based SOR. Please email shazsalo@hotmail.co.uk.

Maria is interested  in meeting new mum’s who have an Italian background to form a mother’s group which can later become a playgroup. She lives south of the river close to Fremantle. Contact her on maria.bonini@gmail.com. (Jan15)

Jenny and her 3year old boy would like to meet other Italian speakers near Armadale, to meet in the park and eventually form an Italian playgroup. Contact her on 0426 891 332 or enny_du@hotmail.com.

The Japanese Playgroups at the Bayswater Family Centre have some vacancies. Sessions are on Tuesdays and Fridays both 11-1pm. Please contact enrolment officer Adele on 9279 1613 or email bayswaterplaygroup@gmail.com

Sasha lives in Innaloo with her husband Pem and two boys (8 and 1 year). They are  looking for some Lao speaking adults and children in Perth. Contact her by e-mail on sashcoaching@gmail.com. 

A Polish Playgroup in Perth meets every Friday between 9am and 11am at Whitford Family Centre, 21 Endeavour Rd, Hillarys.

Greg is looking for Samoan speakers in Perth and Fremantle with the aim to organise language activities for children. Please contact him on greg_alai@yahoo.com if you are interested.

Daniela has a 2.5yo son. She would like to get in touch with other individuals who are interested in the Serbian language in order to increase exposure to the language for her son; and for herself to improve her skills. She lives in Karrinyup, contact her kolundzija_daniela@yahoo.com.au or 0451 797 6310451 797 631. (Mar16)

A Spanish Kids Language Discovery Club has started in Noranda and is running strong! The cost is now $40 per family per term. Places still available. We are now opening a second one in Doubleview on Wednesdays after school for those families who could not attend on Thursdays.To communicate your interest please see BFP facebook page or contact Raquel on 0431 671 0110431 671 011. Children must speak the language or understand it. (Aug15)

The Spanish Playgroup meets every Thursday morning at the Cottesloe Scout and Community Centre, 65 Eric Street in Cottesloe. The group is ideal for children from 0-6 years and family members or carers who speak Spanish. Come and share your language and culture amongst friends, sing songs, share morning tea, do craft and play. For more info or questions please call Maria on 0430 180 995 or email: spanishplaygroupperth@hotmail.com. Also take a look at our Facebook Page 'Spanish Playgroup'! (Jun15)

Catherine is looking for bilingual people in Geraldton, especially Spanish speakers. If you are interested in making new bilingual friends and live in Gero, please email info@bilingualfamilies.net.

Lena is looking for Ukrainan and/or Russian speakers with small children in Perth, she lives NOR. Best way to get in touch is by e-mail to lena.garina@gmail.com.

 

Other activities:

Bilingual Childcare. The Mulberry Tree Childcare Centre in Mount Hawthorn offers Spanish childcare support. The Italian Australian Childcare Centre in North Perth and the Asilo Bilingual Childcare & Learning Centre in Yokine offers childcare in Italian.

It's easy to search for Bilingual Playgroups on the website of Playgroup WA http://www.playgroupaustralia.com.au/wa/. Just select the language you are looking for on the drop down menu. Contact details for each group are provided on the page. Check out their noticeboard here: http://playgroupwa.com.au/News-and-Notices/Noticeboard/. Services are limited to children under compulsory schooling age.

Directory of Services for Newly Arrived Migrants, focusing on services available in Western Australia - http://www.omi.wa.gov.au/omi_msd_output.cfm?servicetype=8. Language Services: http://www.omi.wa.gov.au/omi_msd_output.cfm?servicetype=14

Follow Bilingual Families Perth on facebook. If you are on facebook, please 'like' us and you will be notified of interesting posts for bilingual people. https://www.facebook.com/#!/BilingualFamiliesPerth

 

Important dates for 2016:  

  • Saturday 25 June - Parent Workshop 'Raising Children in more than one Language' 
  • Saturday 25 June - Multicultural Lantern Walk at Kings Park
  • Tuesday 21 February 2017 - International Mother Language Day
  • Monday 17 April 2017 - Traditional Easter Egg Rolling

 

This page was last updated on 15 May 2016.

 

 

 

Upcoming Events

  • 07.06.2016German Fischkopf Stammtisch in Leederville
  • 25.06.2016Workshop - Raising Children in More than One Language
  • 25.06.2016Multicultural Lantern Walk
  • 18.12.2016German Christmas Carols - Deutsches Weihnachtslieder Singen
  • 21.02.2017International Mother Language Day
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