Activities

Afghan Association of Victoria Social volleyball program for the members

The Afghan Social Volleyball Program (ASVP) is a social sports program that promotes men’s physical and mental health and wellbeing. By providing a safe environment for men and their sons to meet, be active, and socialize together. The ASVP engages participants with several relaxed and fun games of volleyball with and against their sons. The program will run on Saturday afternoons as everyone can attend. The program also strengthens family relationships and promotes greater family functioning by connecting fathers and their children. It also creates networks and addresses social isolation in the community. The group aims to promote the program to other communities in Hume city council, and hope to invite other cultural backgrounds to attend the program. The ASVP is funded by Hume city council yearly grants.

Afghan Association of Victoria Social volleyball program for the members
Afghan Association of Victoria Social volleyball program for the members
The members of Afghan Association of Victoria playing Volleyball

The Afghan Association of Victoria has identified a large proportion of the men in the community are becoming increasingly isolated. Many of the community members are newly arrived migrants and are experiencing a number of barriers to greater health and wellbeing. Through a series of consultations with the men, it was found that a social and wellbeing program that provides opportunities and contributes to community participation, connectedness and inclusion was something they are seeking.