SSI News Blog

From the CEO – Good Pitch

Violet Roumeliotis

Last month I was fortunate enough to be involved as a panellist in the Good Pitch documentary event in Sydney. I had the pleasure of pledging support to a powerful documentary about a Sudanese woman, Constance Okot, living with her six children in Wagga Wagga. This was one of the most remarkable events I have been to in my long career.

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Cricket community helps asylum seeker

Cricket has been something of a saviour for Tamil asylum seeker Uthay, since he came to Australia. Uthay, his preferred name, is originally from Sri Lanka and is awaiting assessment for refugee protection. He is a Tamil man, 27 years old, and the potential consequences for men like Uthay in Sri Lanka are such that his full name and image can’t be revealed.

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Asylum seekers help out in Mosman

SSI clients who live in Sydney’s west while seeking asylum, headed east to Mosman on October 24, to start regenerating a neglected harbourside national park.

It was the first day of a 10-week volunteering project arranged by SSI and NSW’s National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS).

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Thank you Salvos, Fairfield!

SSI case managers have continued their efforts to show the various local charities just how much they are appreciated by sharing a morning tea.

One team of Community Support Program staff from SSI Parramatta paid a visit to the Salvos charity store in Fairfield, on October 9, delivering treats for staff and volunteers, sharing stories and thanking them for their support.

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Owl's House visit

Staff involved in SSI’s Playtime program were given a guided tour of the Owl's House Early Education Centre at the University of NSW last month, to observe how the service operates.

Owl's House is a specialist childcare centre with a focus on early education that has provided support to SSI’s Playtime program. 

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The Pink Sari Project

Pink Sari Project

Wearing pink saris, SSI staff joined the South Asian women’s network, SAHELI, in Parramasala’s Opening Night Parade in Parramatta last month.

SAHELI – a Hindi word that translates to ‘sister’ – and SSI staff took part in the Pink Sari Project, led by NSW Multicultural Health Communication Service, at the Parramasala Parade to help raise awareness about breast cancer and breast screening.

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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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