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Syrian/Iraqi Refugee Response

When the Australian Government agreed to permanently resettle 12,000 additional Syrian and Iraqi refugees, the Archbishop called on Sydney Anglicans to respond.

This program works with Anglican churches, Sydney Diocesan agencies and the community to co-ordinate work with Syrian and Iraqi refugees and build the capacity of parishes to work with newly arrived Syrian and Iraqi refugees.

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

English as a Second Language (ESL)

ESL is a practical way to assist migrants and refugees learn conversational English and adjust to a new culture. Anglicare works in partnership with 90 churches to provide ESL classes across the Diocese. Trained volunteers use a specially developed curriculum and students can attend additional Easy-English 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 (Hope)

Through counselling 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. Referrals can be made by contacting jean.daher[at]anglicare.org[dot]au

Community Settlement Worker

This position works directly with new arrivals through casework and advocacy particularly those needing more complex support, to link new arrivals to churches and volunteers and to support church members with skills and knowledge to support migrants and refugees.  Contact houssun.zakhary[at]anglicare.org[dot]au.

Linking churches

Connecting churches and volunteers from resource-rich/refugee-poor churches with refugee-rich/resource-poor churches.

How can you be involved

Volunteering

  • Sign up to our Volunteer training to be better equipped to welcome and assist 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 or assist a group in another area.
  • Become an Anglicare volunteer and join our mentoring program as a friendship mentor or an employment mentor.
  • Could your church assist to bring a family to Australia as the “Proposer” under the Special Humanitarian Visa. Information about the visa and the proposer’s obligations are at www.border.gov.au/Trav/Visa-1/202

For further information please contact MARS[at]anglicare.org[dot]au