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This year, we wanted to support our teams on the frontline - the people who are most experienced in welcoming new arrivals, supporting community and creating belonging.
We interviewed six of our SSI employees and asked them how they got involved in supporting clients and the community, and why it’s so important to support and welcome new arrivals.
Watch what they have to say.
What is Refugee Week?
Refugee Week shines a spotlight on the extraordinary people who have come to Australia seeking safety, connection and a new life for themselves and their family.
We share their experiences, celebrate their contributions and strengthen our resolve to support their settlement success.
Together with our partners, SSI is privileged to share refugees’ journeys and enable them to start a new life.
How long has Refugee Week been celebrated in Australia?
The first Refugee Week events were organised in Sydney in 1986 by Austcare. Refugee Council of Australia (RCOA) has been involved in organising Refugee Week since 1987 and has been responsible for the national coordination of the week since 2004.
What is the theme for Refugee Day 2022?
RCOA has named the SSI Group as a key event partner for Refugee Week 2022. This year’s Refugee Week theme is “Healing”, which can occur through storytelling, through community and through the realisation of our intrinsic interconnectedness as individuals.
SSI Group Events for Refugee Week
- May 24 – June 25: Second Chances (Exhibition)
- June 19: The Spirit of Welcome
- June 24 - July 31: Settled/Unsettled: Art on the refugee and migrant experience (Exhibition)
- June 25: Homelands Bankstown
Member Events for Refugee Week
- June 6 - 17: Refugee Week Writing Competition 2022
- June 14: Welcome to Australia – organized by ADSI – at Auburn Centre for Community, 10 am – 1.30 pm
For more info, please contact Nuha on 02 8737 5500 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- June 20: Refugee Week Talk & Tour – Eastgardens Library & Council Chambers & Library
- June 21: Talking Bayside: Refugee Week and local settlement support services (Free live webinar)
- June 23: Refugee Week Celebration – Healing through Story-Sharing
Guest speakers and entertainment, 10 am – 1.30 pm
Blacktown Workers Club, 55 Campbell St, Blacktown NSW
For more info please email Vikki
- June 23: Women's Craft Workshop – organized by Metro Assist – at Lakemba Uniting Church, 10 am – 2 pm (lunch included)
For more info please contact Suha: 0402 671 612 or Rachael: 0404 026 576
- June 26: Football Gala Day
SSI is a community organisation and social business that supports newcomers and other Australians to achieve their full potential. We work with all people who have experienced vulnerability, including refugees, people seeking asylum and culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities, to build capacity and enable them to overcome inequality.
This Refugee Week, support new arrivals to feel like they belong by making a contribution to our refugee programs.
All donations $2 and over are tax-deductible.