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Refugee Week is Australia’s peak annual activity to raise awareness about the issues affecting refugees and celebrate the positive contributions made by refugees to Australian society.

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During Refugee Week we:

  • reflect on the needs faced by millions of people forced from their homes
  • come together to celebrate the courage of refugees resettling in Australia
  • recognise the generous acts of welcome displayed to refugees by so many caring Australians

As SSI CEO Violet Roumeliotis says: “In celebrating Refugee Week 2018 and supporting the UNHCR’s #withrefugees movement, SSI renews its commitment to refugees settling in Australia, to enable education, provide safety and facilitate the learning of new skills to support independence and self-determination.”

Key SSI events for Refugee Week

June 20: SSI Speaker Series & Film Screening — The Staging Post, Armidale

June 21: SSI Speaker Series & Film Screening — The Staging Post at the Australian National Maritime Museum

June 24: SSI New Beginnings Festival event The Spirit of Welcome will officially close 2018 Open Inner West at the Refugee Welcome Centre in Callan Park, Leichhardt.
Read how Innovative artist blends technology with art to build engagement during Refugee Week.

SSI will announce the opening of the second round of applications for the Community Innovation Fund.

Events hosted by member and partner organisations

June 20: Bayside Refugee Week Event — How I Became a Refugee film screening.

June 20: #Fairfieldstandswithrefugees — 10am-12.30pm Level 1 41-43 Smart Street, Fairfield, Monamor Reception Centre. Contact Morlai on 9727 0477.

June 21: Penrith Celebration hosted by Penrith Multicultural Interagency, 10am – 2pm, St Marys Community, Centre, St Marys, Corner Community & Cultural Precinct, Building 5, 29 Swanston Street, St Marys. Contact Laura Sardo 9833 2416 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

June 22: Freedom Feast Multicultural Banquet — Coffs Central (Upstairs) Food at the Terrace, Harbour Drive, Coffs Harbour, authentic cultural food, live cultural music and dance, and storytelling

June 22: Western Sydney MRC Connecting Communities — Community HeART.

June 22: Blacktown City Refugee Week Celebration 2018.

June 27: Bankstown Navigating the Changing Landscape #WithRefugees.

Other events

Refugee Council’s Refugee Week events

Refugee Film Festival Sydney 

City of Sydney Refugee Week what’s on

Success stories

SSI Volunteer Spotlight: Sue Vile

Courtesy The Australian: Ethiopian refugee Adi Tefera, left, with volunteer chef Kate Spina at Four Brave WomenSue Vile was among the first to be inducted into the SSI’s Armidale volunteer program, bringing with her a wealth of experience and existing training gathered from her time in aid work, in Australia and abroad.

A retired school teacher and nurse, Sue has dedicated an enormous amount of her time in recent years on the front line of humanitarian services, helping refugees at many stages of their journey to safety.

 

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