REFUGEES in AUSTRALIA

Young children on side of a UNHCR tent - They took my home but they can't take my future
UNHCR World Refugee Day 2010 poster © UNHCR

supporting refugees

COMMUNITY

Community support is considered to be a key ‘ingredient’ in assisting refugees to settle well and to feel welcome in Australia. For many refugees, community groups provide a critical link to help establish a new life. Community groups in Australia provide support to newly- arrived refugees as well as established refugee communities.

Some community groups receive government funding to deliver services, however many also raise money separately to fund activities and advocacy programs. Some community groups receive corporate funding.

Many members of community groups volunteer their time to support refugee settlement. Established refugee communities often work hard to support and welcome newly arrived groups.

Community organisations, such as the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre and the Sanctuary Australia Foundation Refugee Program, have a variety of roles and are able to provide:

  • targeted programs to support refugee children and adults
  • social support and friendship
  • advocacy
  • legal aid assistance.

The NSW Service for the Treatment of Torture and Trauma Survivors (STARTTS) provides a range of programs for newly arrived refugee groups. One such program, STARTTS Art Connect, provides a series of workshops in Granville, Sydney. The workshops focus on drama, dance, singing and art to help young refugees develop a sense of their own identity and belief.

The NSW Service for the Treatment of Torture and Trauma Survivors (STARTTS) provides a range of programs for newly arrived refugee groups. One such program, STARTTS Art Connect, provides a series of workshops in Granville, Sydney. The workshops focus on drama, dance, singing and art to help young refugees develop a sense of their own identity and belief.

Art connect, (STARTTS)

Some community organisations provide specialist services and support, such as STARTTS.

Football United ®

Football United is a program that supports refugee children to settle into Australian life through the game of soccer. Football United® works with refugee youth and their communities to build opportunities for belonging, racial harmony and community cohesion.