Refugee & Asylum Seeker Policy & Advocacy Group (2014)

The Refugee and Asylum Seeker Policy and Advocacy Working Group is working to improve community connectedness and social inclusion for refugees and asylum seekers in the G21 region. In 2014 they ran a range of activities that were tied in with Refugee Week (Sunday 15 June- Saturday 21 June 2014).

G21 Refugee & Asylum Seeker Service and Support Mapping Activity - June 2014

The Refugee and Asylum Seeker Group, comprising representatives from  local government, community and health services and specialist refugee support services, have identified a number of activities currently being conducted in the G21 region to support refugee and asylum seekers.

This service map includes promotion of activities, services and programs that are currently available to refugees and asylum seekers through local government, community and health services, as well as specialist support services.

  • Food relief
  • Education & training
  • Community assistance, participation and inclusion
  • Housing and settlement services
  • Financial support & employment
  • Health & wellbeing (including advocacy and counselling)
  • Networks & collaborations
  • Recognition and celebration of cultural diversity across G21 region

Click here to view the Refugee and Asylum Seeker Service and Support Mapping.

 

#G21RefugeeWeek 2014

As part of Refugee Week 2014 (June 15-21), G21 ran a social media campaign, using the hashtag #G21RefugeeWeek, to highlight the positive contributions people from refugee backgrounds make to the G21 region community, as well as the problems and obstacles those seeking asylum in Australia can face.

A different story, sourced in conjunction with the City of Greater Geelong, Diversitat, Leisure Networks and MacKillop Family Services (below), were be posted to Facebook and Twitter and promoted for each day of Refugee Week, celebrating people from refugee backgrounds in the G21 region, and the important roles refugees and asylum seekers play within a rich and strong community.

The campaign was devised by the Refugee and Asylum Seeker Policy and Advocacy Working Group, which is working to improve community connectedness and social inclusion for refugees and asylum seekers in the G21 region.

G21 Project Support Worker at hwb@G21.com.au

Click here for information on the Refugee and Asylum Seeker Policy and Advocacy Working Group