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Australia-Asylum Seeker Resource Centre

Project Name:Asylum Seeker Resource Centre
Date Posted:05/06/2006
Date Updated:19/08/2010
Country:Australia
City/Town:Melbourne
Commitment:Short term, others minimum 6 months (legal/casework/medical)
People Needed:Various
Description:The centre runs a variety of programs. See below for details
Required Skills:according to the position, police check will be required for most positions. Volunteers are also asked to attend training/induction sessions and information sessions.
Costs:Police check
Contact Person:
Address:North Melbourne
Email:volunteers(AT)asrc.org.au
Website:ASRC
Phone:+61 3 9326 6066 or from australia (03) 9326 6066

What is ASRC?

Australia's largest asylum seeker aid, health and advocacy organisation

What do they do?

The current programs are: advocacy, campaigns, casework, community release, counseling, drop in, education, employment, English as a Second Language, food bank, health, recreation, research.

Events and fundraisers are often help and need volunteers of all sorts

Who can volunteer?

The Asylum Seeker Resource Centre welcomes volunteers from all walks of life.

We have over 500 volunteers ranging in age from 15 to 83 from every cultural, social, religious and generational background imaginable. They all come together at the ASRC out of a shared desire to make a difference.

We are looking for people who are passionate about human rights and making Australia a more humane and just place for asylum seekers.

Volunteers at the ASRC get to do a wide array of hands on, life-changing work with asylum seekers.

Admin/Office Work

Since opening our doors in June 2001, the ASRC has become the largest provider of aid, advocacy and health services for asylum seekers in Australia.

We work directly with asylum seekers, living both in our community and in detention, to provide direct aid and support. We also campaign and lobby on behalf of asylum seekers and all Australians who want to change the unjust asylum seeker related policies Australia has adopted.

To keep the centre running, the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre needs dedicated admin/office staff. Tasks will include meeting, greeting, answering phones, sending mail, typing, filing & many other varied duties.

Community Work

There are a number of opportunities to get involved with community work at ASRC, such as case work, advocacy, employment, outreach, food bank, and general helping hands.

It's an extremely rewarding experience that makes a true difference to people's lives.

Education

The ASRC undertakes community education on an ongoing basis. This ranges from education workshops at schools, community groups and organisations to churches and mosques. We see community education as important in raising awareness and understanding in the community about the plight of asylum seekers. We also provide community education for asylum seekers about their legal rights and education for advocates in the field to promote better outcomes for asylum seekers.

ASRC offers a wide range of tutoring for asylum seekers in the community both at the centre and as an outreach service.

Human Rights

The rights of asylum seekers are often overlooked and staff of all kinds at ASRC aim to address this issue. Visitors to detention centres, medical staff, immigration lawyers, food bank staff, caseworkers and counselors are all working to improve and implement human rights for asylum seekers in Australia.

Medical

ASRC provides free health care to asylum seekers in Melbourne. As asylum seekers are not provided with government health care, many suffer from prolonged injuries, disease and malnutrition to name a few.