Refugee and Asylum Seeker Forum

November 30th, 2016 · Main, Refugees employment project

The Tasmanian Refugee Rights Action Group (Amnesty) held a forum on Wednesday 30th November at Hotel SOHO to share ideas and to network between individuals and organisations who are supporting refugees and asylum seekers in Tasmania. We heard from two refugees, John Kamara and Haji Alizada, and then we socialised to hear what others are doing and to make connections.

John Kamara
He is a refugee from Sierra Leoni who left in 2004 with no knowledge of Australia. Most of his family were killed. He found languages was a major barrier and TAFE helped him.

One of the major problems he identified as a refugee was contracts. It is easy to not understand when signing contracts (eg telecommunications companies, renting) and then they are liable for unforeseen debts. Another issue was knowing how to budget with our banking system and currencies.

Haji Alizada
He is a refugee from Afghanistan who left when he was 16 years old, and has been in Tasmania for 3 years. He travelled from Afghanistan to Malaysia to Indonesia and then to Christmas Island. He received a bridging visa and was settled in Tasmania.

He identified education as the key to Australia’s future. Many of the asylum seekers and refugees have skills and experience that would be extremely beneficial to Australian society but so many are denied the ability to effectively use them by restrictions on their visa. Haji also said that sharing stories is an effective way to break down social barriers, and reduce stigma and xenophobia.

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Share the Dignity – Its In The Bag

November 27th, 2016 · Community activites

This evening the Rotary Club of City Central Hobart and the Rotaract Club of Sandy Bay helped sort various personal items into bags for vulnerable women for the Its In The Bag campaign for Share the Dignity. We met at Mathers House for a social get together and to fill bags with personal items for vulnerable women in the greater Hobart area.
#itsinthebag

The “It’s in the Bag” Christmas campaign idea came to us when we realised that we seem to manage the needs of children at Christmas, ensuring they’re cared for and made to feel special, but the same can’t always be said for those women who put the needs of others before their own. We wanted to make them feel special.

And so the campaign began – we asked Australians to donate a handbag they no longer used, fill it with items that would make a woman feel special and even pop a thoughtful note into the bag to show her that someone cares and that she matters.

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Upcoming events for December 2016

November 27th, 2016 · Main, Refugees employment project

This week we will be having our social event with Red Cross, so there will be no general meeting on the 30th November.

We were going to hold a BBQ on Saturday 3rd December, however this has now been combined with the Red Cross BBQ on Saturday 17th December at Nutgrove Beach.

On Wednesday 7th December we are holding our AGM and elections. This will be at the New Sydney Hotel as normal.

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Wednesday: Migrant Job Club committee meeting

November 20th, 2016 · Club meetings, Refugees employment project

This Wednesday we are have our committee meeting for the Migrant Job Club. This is in our normal venue: New Sydney Hotel, Chapel Room for 6:15pm.

There will be a club board meeting afterwards.

Coming up:
Sunday 27th November- “Its in the Bag”- Mather’s House 6 to 8 pm
Saturday 3rd December- Migrant Job Club BBQ- Nutgrove Beach, midday
Wednesday 7th December- Annual General Meeting and last meeting for the year
Sunday 18th December- Christmas Party- venue TBA (at a restaurant)

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Meetings are now on Wednesday nights (same time & venue)

October 24th, 2016 · Club meetings

Starting this week our meetings will be held on Wednesday nights, instead of Monday nights. They are still at 6:00 for 6:15pm at the New Sydney Hotel (Chapel Room).

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Migrant Job Club committee meeting tonight

October 19th, 2016 · Club meetings, Refugees employment project

Tonight we are holding our committee meeting for the Migrant Job Club.

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No General Meeting Tomorrow 17th Oct

October 16th, 2016 · Club meetings

On Wednesday night we are having our committee meeting for the Migrant Job Club at the New Sydney Hotel. As a result we are not having our normal Monday general meeting (tomorrow night).

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No general meeting tomorrow 3rd October

October 2nd, 2016 · Club meetings, Main

Due to a special meeting on Tuesday there will not be any general meeting tomorrow night.

There will be a Migrant Job Club meeting next Monday, the 10th October.

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Migrant Job Club meeting tomorrow night: 26th Sept

September 25th, 2016 · Club meetings, Refugees employment project

Tomorrow night we are having the Migrant Job Club committee meeting at 6:15.  There will be a short general meeting following this.

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General meeting tomorrow night: 19th Sep

September 18th, 2016 · Club meetings

Tomorrow night (19th Sep) we are having our normal general meeting.

UPDATE: This meeting has been cancelled. Sorry for the short notice.

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General meeting and Board meeting tomorrow night

September 11th, 2016 · Club meetings

Tomorrow night (12th Sep) we are having our normal general meeting followed by a board meeting.

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No general meeting 5th September

September 4th, 2016 · Main

Due to the number of meeting relating to our project, Migrant Job Club, we have cancelled this coming Monday’s meeting (5th Sept).

We are keen to have visitors, however we strongly encourage anyone who wants to come to RSVP in case our arrangements have changed (such as this Monday). We do not need to provide numbers so you can come at the last minute if you like. RSVPs help us know to keep an eye out for you as well.

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Refugee project meeting: Migrant Job Club

August 3rd, 2016 · Club meetings, Refugees employment project

Tonight we held our fourth project meeting. It was great to see so many people turning up for the meeting. We discussed the request by Rob Valentine MLC to present information on our project to the Legislative Assembly later this month, and we refined the flyer the Stephanie designed for us – well done Stephanie.

The next project meeting is on the 17th August.

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Refugee project meeting: Migrant Job Club

July 20th, 2016 · Club meetings, Refugees employment project

Tonight we held our third project meeting. Tonight we welcomed Asif Akbari from Red Cross who has provided us with some essential information for the first session.

The next project meeting is on the 3rd August.

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Social dinner & house warming

July 17th, 2016 · Main

Tonight there was no general meeting and instead we held a social dinner and house warming at Greg & Chrissy’s house.

We enjoyed pizzas, knock knock jokes, and good company. We topped it off with a large downpour of rain as we left.

Social Dinner 2016-07-17

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