Red Cross volunteers with the Peaceful Pathways Project met at Rocherlea on Sunday to host the state-first Nepalese project meeting.
The Peaceful Pathways Project is an initiative aimed at helping newcomers to Australia to build meaningful bonds with their new community.
It uses the Alternatives to Violence methodology: a system that seeks to resolve personal and interpersonal conflicts through non-violent means.
Red Cross volunteer and Peaceful Pathways facilitator Pabitra Subba said the function went really well with all attendees enjoying the forum.
“It was about seven participants that gathered and we followed the same methodology for Alternatives to Violence,” Ms Subba said.
“We followed the same methodology but it was being run in our own language which was really cool.
“People could express their feelings and their stories to each other, it was a great opportunity.”
Ms Subba also said being able to hold the forum in Nepalese was advantageous in that participants could freely express themselves in their primary language.
“I felt like when we were doing the feedback session from our people, they said they really got into the depth of activities of the Peaceful Pathways Project,” she said.
“We feel like we really achieved what were we wanted to … they were able to share their stories openly.”
As well as being a nurse, the 23-year-old is also the vice-chairperson of the Bhuntanese Society of Australia Tasmania.
“As a member of the Bhutanese community, I think it’s my responsibility to help our people who have recently moved to Tasmanian because it’s a completely new environment than the one in Bhutan,” Ms Subba said.
Fellow Red Cross and Peaceful Pathway volunteer Eduard Obi moved to Tasmania with his family from Nigeria and works at the Northern Tasmania Development Corporation.
He said generally he was very happy to volunteer with Red Cross, and in particular the Peaceful Pathways Project.
“The essence of the program is to reach out to community members … and empower them with problem solving and conflict management skills and help give them the skills to build a more cohesive community,” Mr Obi said.
“I’ve got a lot of interest in community work and helping communities thrive … when I saw the opportunity I took it up.
“The Peaceful Pathway Project is something everyone should be a part of because of the Alternatives to Violence methodologies and tools it equips participants with.”