SSI Welcome Program
This program supports new arrivals from humanitarian backgrounds by connecting them with established locals to make them feel safe and welcome in their new home. It has encouraged cross-cultural relationships in Australian communities since 2018.
The volunteer Welcome Ambassadors come together with local newcomers to enjoy a group activity based on common interests — be it exploring iconic landmarks, or finding a scenic picnic spot to share a meal.
The program began as Welcome2Sydney (W2S), co-designed with the City of Sydney, and was then named the Welcome Project. Following its award-winning successes, it evolved into SSI’s Welcome Program to expand into areas outside of Sydney like Coffs Harbour where it launched in June 2022.
How to get involved
We run activities in Metropolitan Sydney and Coffs Harbour. Here is how to get involved:
- For newcomers from humanitarian backgrounds, join free events to meet locals or other newcomers in your area
- Individuals who want to volunteer with refugees can become Welcome Ambassadors
- Corporate teams can volunteer by hosting a welcome activity for newcomers
- Community partners can support us through connections to local activities and sites or hosting events. They include local governments, businesses, community groups and organisations and many others