Following our Gathering in October, we have had a few inquiries about further organisations or initiatives that may offer volunteering opportunities or other practical options to assist in welcoming and supporting refugees and asylum seekers.
Also, many of you have also asked about special initiatives to welcome the extra 12 000 refugees from Syria. The Church will have a specific response with various options for you to consider, but the details of this are still being finalised. Please check our website regularly or get in touch with us for updates.
So, while this is by no means a comprehensive list, we have put together more options for you than previous resources covered or that were mentioned on the day. We will be updating the list on the JPO website regularly so if you come across or work with other organisations please get in touch and let us know so that we can spread the word!
Settlement Services International
The SSI Volunteer Program provides friendship and practical support for recently arrived refugees, humanitarian entrants and asylum seekers. Regular induction courses provide volunteers with a detailed introduction to the organisation and its services. Volunteers have a choice of several programs which they can support, from assisting new arrivals to do their shopping to helping children with homework.
House of Welcome
The House of Welcome wants to connect with your skills, time and energy through volunteering to enable us to do the work we do.
If you are interested in sending through your information for general positions that may come up then have a look at our volunteering FAQs and then contact Jo, our Volunteer Coordinator, to find out more and arrange a meeting.
Current Positions (January 2015)
Our drop-in centre is at the heart of the House of Welcome centre in Carramar and our volunteers provide a vital first point of contact and welcome. We are looking for volunteers for our drop in centre on Tuesday for a minimum of 6 months. Responsibilities for the position include:
We are looking for outgoing volunteers with a heart for welcome and a spirit of initiative to oversee a diverse and busy drop-in centre. An incredibly rewarding position that requires flexibility and patience. Good interpersonal and communication skills are a must.
Time Commitment: Tuesdays 9.30am – 3.30pm
To apply for the position please send through an expression of interest through our SEEK volunteer page
Refugee Council of Australia
Has some volunteer positions itself, but also links to many other organisations that require volunteers to work with refugees and asylum seekers.
Joining the Dots – Welcome Dinner Project
Enables newly arrived people to meet over dinner conversation in the comfort of their own home. The aim is to create a platform for meaningful connection, creating friendships and building a community of welcome.
Edmund Rice Centre
Has lots of information about refugees and asylum seekers as well as possibilities for immersion-style volunteering internationally and other volunteering possibilities.
Australian Catholic Migration and Refugee Office (Peak Catholic Body)
They offer information and links to other key bodies where there may be volunteering options.
Act Justly – (JPO’s newsletter)
The current issue is all about refugees and asylum seekers and the opening article, in particular, has lots of practical tips and ideas.
We hope this helps you on your search for ways to help and create welcome in our communities!