RESPONSE

Refugee Sponsorship and Settlement

 

MISSION IN OUR OWN BACKYARD!!

 

Did you know that Grainery Care have a ministry to African/Australians living here in Newcastle? RESPONSE (Refugee Sponsorship and Settlement) works with the many men, women and children associated with the Grainery who have come to this country as refugees from war-torn Central Africa. Many of them have been through horrific experiences and lost husbands, parents, children, and, for some, their own dignity, in the most shocking of circumstances.
 
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GREAT NEWS

: The work of Grainery Care has been recognised by the State and Federal Governments and by local philanthropic organisations and we have received several grants for this work already over the years. The Grants included up to 2015…
  • $38 500 from the State Government to purchase a mini-bus for the ministry
  • $3500 from the Newcastle Coal Infrastructure Group to pay soccer rego fees for our African Australians to play in the Grainery Soccer Club and to buy instruments for the Karibu Gospel Choir
  • $1000 from the Community Relations Commission to run seminars on Healthy and Succesful Living in Australia
  • ORICA Community grant to run water safety programs at the beach (in conjunction with Newcastle Beach SLSC) and at the pool (In conjunction with the Forum)
  • Newcastle City Council Grant to run an Australia-wide conference for African Australians
There are many opportunities to become involved in this wonderful ministry, which provides so much for these beautiful people, yet returns untold joy and fulfilment as our lives are enriched by the amazing chance to partner with people of a different cultural and linguistic background right here in our own city –
“mission in our own backyard”.
 
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Some of the ways in which RESPONSE is helping are….

 

  • Finding housing for refugees – in 2010 - 2015 we have placed  several families in rent affordable, quality housing
  • Driving Instruction – we have provided both qualified instruction (free) and people to help with practice – “getting the hours up”
  • Loans to families for the purpose of beginning employment/small business or, for helping to bring family members to Australia from dangerous situations
  • Provision of cheap groceries, Op shop items and personal goods via “Foodcare” which opens four days per week and is used by many migrant families. Groceries etc are up to 25% of the retail price
  • Weekly African language services at the Grainery
  • The sponsoring of an African choir, made up of adults, teenagers and young adults, sings at community events, churches, special functions eg weddings. (We are currently considering launching a children’s choir).
  • Children’s programs and youth programs – including school holiday programs eg trips to the Easter Show, water safety/beach safety programs in conjunction with local surf clubs, home-school liason.
  • Cultural evenings/workshops taught by local professionals – doctors, nutritionist/dieticians etc – covering such topics as How to Find Work, Nutrition, Personal Hygiene, Health and Safety, Renting a House (bonds, care of property etc)
  • Support for rites of passage eg child dedications, marriage celebrations etc
  • Welcoming new arrivals and providing welcome packs containing personal essentials
  • A “Family to Family” partnership program in which an established Australian family is partnered with a newly arrived family and supports them with transport, friendship, practical help, offers hospitality, help finding work, support in times of crisis eg visiting hospitals/doctors etc
  • Help with official documents eg helping with the immigration visa applications for spouses/children who are still in Africa etc to re-join their families
  • Support for participation in community multi-cultural events eg Refugee Week and “Welcome to Australia” celebrations
  • “HOPE Learning Centre” – providing help with school, TAFE and Uni homework at an afternoon support centre
  • Community Transport on our GRAINERY CARE BUS
  • Support for fee payment to increase participation in sport

 

If you are willing to join the RESPONSE team to help in any way, or simply would like to know more, please don’t hesitate to call Paul West on 49695557