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Syrian Refugee Response

The Anglican Syrian Iraqi Refugee Response is delighted to announce the release of $50,000 in small targeted grants of $1,000 - $5,000 to assist churches to develop or expand ministries that help welcome, settle and connect with newly arriving refugees.

Anglican Deaconess Ministries a partner in the Response is funding these grants.

Anglican churches are encouraged to submit applications by 5.00pm 19 February 2017.  Please note that the applications for the grant are closed now. Anglican Deaconess Ministries will be contacting all applicants with the outcome.

More information about the small grants scheme can be found in the application form or by visiting Anglican Deaconess Ministries website

Years of violent conflict in Syria have triggered the world’s largest humanitarian crisis since World War II.  Millions of Syrians fleeing from war in search of safety have lost their homes, loved ones, and any normality of life they once knew.  

In 2015, when the Australian Government agreed to permanently resettle 12,000 additional Syrian and Iraqi refugees, Sydney Anglicans responded.

“I am calling on Sydney Anglicans in parishes all across our diocese, not only to pray for these victims of persecution, but to step up and be prepared to do whatever is within their power to provide a warm and generous welcome, coupled with practical assistance, to ensure that those who come to find safety in Australia are afforded the best possible chance to make a new start and benefit as fully as possible from the peace, freedom and opportunity that far too often we take for granted.” - Dr Glenn Davies

Refugee Update

2016 was a very busy year for refugee arrivals with more than 8300 people arriving.

There is a need to support churches and community groups particularly in the Fairfield and Liverpool areas over the coming months as they assist newly arrived refugees.

With your support, Anglicare Sydney is working to assist children and their families who have escaped the war in Syria.

Ways to help

Anglicare's mission is to provide life-changing Christian care to any person of any faith.

Anglicare’s extensive experience working with refugees allows us to respond to the needs of Syrian, Iraqi and other refugee families through the following services:

English as a Second Language (ESL)

  • ESL is a practical way to assist migrant and refugees learn English and adjust to a new culture. Anglicare works in partnership with over 90 churches to provide ESL classes across the Sydney Diocese. Trained volunteers use a specially developed curriculum. ESL also provides students with the opportunity to attend additional Bible study classes.

Early Learning Through Play (ELTP)

  • Anglicare’s ELTP program assists pre-school aged children of migrant and refugee families to transition to school by helping them reach a range of developmental milestones. Anglicare staff work alongside families to help their children learn and develop through play.

Humanitarian Counselling

  • Anglicare Hope Counselling provides services to refugees from Syria and Iraq and where capacity to other humanitarian entrants from the region. Through counselling Anglicare Hope aims to address issues that refugees face while transitioning to Australia including family relationships, trauma and loss and mental health issues. An Arabic speaking counsellor and interpreters are available. Enquiries can be made by writing to hcpadmin[at][dot]au

We invite you to


Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. Hebrews 4:16

  • Pray for a peaceful and just solution to the conflict in Syria and Northern Iraq
  • Pray for those people who have been internally displaced in Syria by the conflict who cannot easily be accessed by aid agencies seeking to assist them.
  • Pray for the millions of Syrians who have fled Syria to neighbouring countries.
  • Pray for the most vulnerable refugees, women, children and the elderly who are most at risk.
  • Pray for those Syrian refugees granted the opportunity to resettle in Australia, that their travel will be safe; that they will be warmly welcomed; and that Australia will truly become their new home.
  • Please pray for newly arrived families as they get used to the way things work in Australia.
  • Pray that the response of Christians in Australia to the needs of those refugees resettling here will be thoughtful, prayerful, practical, loving, sustained and effective.
  • Pray for churches to have wisdom and the resources they need to welcome newcomers.


God tells us ‘You shall open wide your hand to your brother, to the needy and to the poor, in your land.’ Deuteronomy 15:11

  • Sign up to our Volunteer training to be better equipped to welcome refugees.
  • Volunteer to teach English at your church or at a church in a refugee area
  • Explore the possibility of setting up an ELTP in your church for new refugee families.
  • Find opportunities as a volunteer with Anglicare or with one of the community organisations who are working with recently arrived refugees.
  • Explore new ways your church could be involved with refugees in your area. Micro-grants through Anglican Deaconess Ministries will be available for churches for new or ongoing ministries to refugees for Syria/Iraq on 21st January 2017. Applications are closed now.
  • Consider if your church could assist in bringing a family to Australia by acting as the “Proposer” under the Global Special Humanitarian Visa (subclass 202). Information about the visa and the proposer’s obligations can be found here:

For further questions please write to us at  MARS[at][dot]au


“When the war started and our mum and dad died, people took us in and we moved from house to house. When there was no one else to look after us, we went to a refugee camp in Jordan. - Amani 14 years old”

To watch a video about Amani’s horrific journey from a Syrian war zone to Australia please click here

If your church or school would like to fundraise for Anglicare’s work with refugees we have a few resources that may be useful.  ​