Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC):
Long before COVID-19, the ASRC existed to support people seeking asylum and refugees to survive, thrive and rebuild their lives through a range of aid and advocacy services.
People seeking asylum are some of the most vulnerable in our community – many do not have a safety net, access to Medicare, Centrelink or critical care services. Without support they are exposed to the worst economic and health impacts of the pandemic and in the coming weeks and months ahead, will feel it the most.
ASRC members have lived experience of living in uncertain times and this may be retraumatizing for some of them. ASRC are strongly committed to delivering programs and services that will help their clients cope and come through stronger and more resilient.The Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC) provides a wide range of services covering the following areas and many more
Food and Material Aid
The Foodbank and Community Meals programs offer food security to over 650 people each week. Material Aid ensures children and families receive essential items to rebuild their lives in our community.
Mental health and housing
ASRC support services aim to maximise a person’s physical and mental wellbeing through holistic, integrated and responsive support that includes one-on-one critical support, advocacy and referrals services within the community.
The ASRC Health Centre offers primary health services, promoting a healthy lifestyles and preventing illness for people seeking asylum, including people without access to Medicare, and is the largest facility of its kind in Australia.
Education and Training
Education programs assist hundreds of people each year to improve their English language skills, to become enrolled into training and professional development courses and develop personal and career goals.
Employment programs support people to have the skills, confidence and agency to navigate the changing labour market, secure employment, succeed on the job and manage their careers in Australia.
For further information visit the ASRC website at https://www.asrc.org.au/
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