Renowned world music orchestra to showcase refugee talent at New Beginnings
Published: Thursday, 19 May 2016 10:20
Renowned performers from one of Sydney’s leading world music groups will showcase the talents of multicultural artists and help to shift negative perceptions about multiculturalism in Australia at NSW’s leading festival celebrating refugee arts and culture.
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Volunteers make a difference
Published: Monday, 09 May 2016 16:44
The generosity of everyday Australians is significantly improving the experiences of refugees and people seeking asylum living in the Australian community, according to a leader from the humanitarian settlement sector.
Speaking at the start of National Volunteer Week, Settlement Services International (SSI) CEO Violet Roumeliotis said the actions of volunteers had a profound effect on the lives of people fleeing war and persecution.
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Settlement Services International supports Premier’s Harmony Dinner
Published: Wednesday, 09 March 2016 15:39
Settlement Services International (SSI) is proud to sponsor the 2016 Premier’s Harmony Dinner, and support the celebration of cultural diversity in NSW.
SSI is a community-based, not-for-profit humanitarian organisation providing a range of services in the areas of humanitarian settlement, accommodation, asylum seeker assistance, multicultural foster care, disability support and employment services in NSW.
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Innovative partnership creates new opportunities for refugees
Published: Wednesday, 09 March 2016 12:47
An innovative partnership between Allianz Australia and Settlement Services International (SSI) will deliver new career opportunities and support for refugees and migrants who have settled in Australia.
Today’s joint announcement by Allianz Australia Managing Director Niran Peiris and SSI CEO Violet Roumeliotis coincides with the first week on the job for five recruits under the partnership employment program. The partnership aims to improve employment and educational opportunities for SSI clients as well as enhancing workforce diversity at Allianz.
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CoAct/SSI Work for the Dole participants confident of their job prospects
Published: Tuesday, 02 February 2016 09:30
Before taking part in the Staples Bag SSI Work for the Dole program, Campsie resident Marcel Tawbeh would never have considered working in retail.
“I was shy and lacked confidence, and thought I would only be able to work in the background,” Mr Tawbeh said.
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SSI welcomes early start to travel concessions for asylum seekers
Published: Monday, 21 December 2015 15:28
Settlement Services International has welcomed the NSW Government’s decision to allow asylum seekers in NSW to apply for Opal Card travel concessions earlier than planned, with 15,000 asylum seekers living in NSW now able to apply for the travel benefit.
The travel concession, which was first scheduled to become available to eligible asylum seekers from January 1, allows people seeking asylum to access the same $2.50 all day travel benefit as other NSW concession cardholders.
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Surfing program benefits most vulnerable
Published: Monday, 21 December 2015 15:26
A group of individuals seeking asylum in Australia have overcome social barriers and developed new community connections following the success of the inaugural Surfing Without Borders program run by Settlement Services International.
The program introduced a number of individuals who are seeking asylum to the iconic Australian sport of surfing with regular lessons provided by Let’s Go Surfing, owned and operated by community surfing advocate Brenda Miley.
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New Roots: using smartphones to help refugee men in Australia
Published: Tuesday, 08 December 2015 09:22
An innovative project that includes a smartphone app that comes in multiple languages has been launched to support men who have recently arrived in Australia on humanitarian visas. The new app becomes available as Australia prepares to welcome an additional 12,000 refugees who have been affected by the conflicts in Syria and Iraq.
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SSI AGM – first under new company structure
Published: Monday, 23 November 2015 09:17
Settlement Services International today held its first Annual General Meeting under the new structure of Company Limited by Guarantee. Another first for the organisation, the AGM was held at its recently opened office in Bankstown.
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Report reveals strong entrepreneurial potential of refugees
Published: Monday, 26 October 2015 17:30
A report released today found that, with the right support, Australia’s refugees have significant entrepreneurial potential and the ability to contribute to the economy.
The report, which looked at the outcomes of the Ignite Small Business Start-ups initiative operated by humanitarian settlement organisation Settlement Services International (SSI), was prepared by Professor Jock Collins of UTS Business School and was launched by the Executive Director of the Sydney Business Chamber, the Hon. Patricia Forsythe.
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SCOA supports the call to urgently increase refugee resettlement numbers with the settlement sector poised to support
Published: Wednesday, 09 September 2015 10:02
The Settlement Council of Australia* (SCOA) supports the call for an urgent action to increase the refugee resettlement numbers in Australia in response to the growing global humanitarian crisis with millions displaced from their homes fleeing the conflict in Syria.
The settlement sector in Australia are world leaders in assisting and welcoming newly arrived refugees and are well positioned to support an increase in Australia’s refugee intake.
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New SSI Foundation announces education scholarships
Published: Wednesday, 12 August 2015 15:24
Settlement Services International (SSI) today announced education scholarships worth $60,000 as part of the launch of the new SSI Foundation.
Formerly known as the Connect Australia Foundation, the SSI Foundation introduces more categories of support and increased amounts distributed.
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Refugee Week reminder of refugees’ courage
Published: Tuesday, 16 June 2015 10:24
SSI case manager and humanitarian award winner, Shabeera Zia, had shown how each of us could make an impact on the lives of refugees, CEO Violet Roumeliotis said today.
Ms Zia was presented with the STARTTS Youth Humanitarian award at the Refugee Week launch in Wollongong on June 12.
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Refugee Week award for SSI case manager
Published: Friday, 12 June 2015 12:52
SSI case manager Shabeera Zia has been awarded the STARTTS Youth Humanitarian award at the Refugee Week launch event in Wollongong today, June 12.
The theme for Refugee Week 2015 is ‘With courage let us all combine’, taken from the second verse of Australia’s national anthem.
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Asylum seekers and communities to benefit from safe haven visas
Published: Thursday, 11 June 2015 14:38
Settlement Services International (SSI), a leading not-for-profit humanitarian settlement organisation, has welcomed as significant and positive the announcement by the NSW State Government to sign up to the Federal Safe Haven Enterprise Scheme.
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Multicultural Foster Care Service acknowledged
Published: Saturday, 14 February 2015 13:26
“As I walked up the stairs I saw her joyfully dancing with the three children to African music that connected them so authentically to their culture – it was beautiful.” Tari, SSI caseworker.
Settlement Services International (SSI) was today recognised for the innovation and positive impact of its Multicultural Foster Care Service on children and families in out-of-home care.
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Free community-based legal help reaches new arrivals
Published: Saturday, 14 February 2015 13:21
A partnership between Legal Aid NSW and settlement services provider Settlement Services International (SSI) has been effective in providing free legal assistance to recent arrivals and migrants, especially in Sydney’s west, an independent review has found.
Almost 2,200 services were provided to clients in the first year of the project and the partners today signed an undertaking to continue the successful collaboration.
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Young refugees share their stories
Published: Wednesday, 22 October 2014 17:14
The lives and settlement experiences of young refugees will be explored at the fourth and final Speakers’ Series event for 2014 hosted by Settlement Services International (SSI).
Titled The strength of youth: young people and their refugee experiences, the event on Tuesday, November 11, will begin with three young people from refugee backgrounds sharing their stories.
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Seeking asylum and playing cricket
Published: Thursday, 02 October 2014 14:20
Sport is renowned for bringing people from all over the world together, and now cricket has united two seemingly disparate groups of men. Refugees and people seeking asylum have joined members of Knox Grammar School’s ‘Old Boys’ association to hone their bat and ball skills together in the lead up to cricket season.
The weekly pre-season cricket clinics at Auburn District Cricket Club on Saturdays have resulted in a mutually beneficial partnership for the 18 or so refugees and asylum seekers, who are clients of SSI, and members of the Old Knox Grammarians’ Association.
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One person's food, is another's future
Published: Thursday, 02 October 2014 13:50
Yoga Raja has a talent for “food carving” that is finding appreciative audiences at Sydney weddings and functions.
Yoga, 32, is an artist and food – watermelons, carrots and white radish – is his medium. From a watermelon he can carve a life-like human portrait, and from carrots and radish he sculpts bouquets of flowers that people approach to smell as if real.
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