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Transurban’s Women at the Wheel

Women at the Wheel is an SSI Program in Queensland that empowers newcomer women to earn their driver's licenses, build confidence, and engage with their communities.

TEDxSydney partnership enables SSI program participants to attend conference in celebration of diversity and inclusion

Settlement Services International (SSI) was proud to be the official charity partner for the TEDxSydney 2018 Humankind-themed conference on Friday, 15 June 2018 at the International Convention Centre (ICC).

Former NATO worker and refugee helps welcome newcomers whilst pursuing his dreams

Afghan refugee Zabiullah Ahmadzai, a former NATO employee, recalls his first experience of Australia. Fearing for his family’s safety, Mr Ahmadzai left his home with five family members, arriving here in January this year.

Former refugee and entrepreneur empowers fellow newcomers

Hedayat Osyan is a 28-year-old former refugee from Afghanistan and an SSI Ignite® Small Business Start-ups (Ignite®) entrepreneur who founded a tiling company to support fellow refugees to establish their new lives in Australia.

20 years: The SSI Story

SSI’s history is inextricably linked to its membership base.

How a garden fostered lasting support networks for the community

Over four years of nurturing and growth, the Friendship Garden at the Auburn Centre for Community blossomed from a community engagement initiative owned and run by SSI to a community-run project.

From participant to manager: how Chris found his career path

One of the best ways to excel at your job is to start from the bottom and work your way up. SSI's The Staples Bag Store Manager Chris Blackwell, knows this well.

Former refugee and Ignite® entrepreneur empowers audiences at TEDxSydney

An Ignite® entrepreneur who attended TEDxSydney as part of SSI’s community partnership has returned again this year — but this time as a speaker, sharing his incredible story with more than 5,000 people.

New arrivals aspire to literary canon

Welcome2Sydney provided an opportunity for nine new arrivals and four volunteer Sydney ambassadors to join an SSI group attending a Sydney Writers' Festival event at Carriageworks last month.

Social inclusion and diversity at the heart of upcoming TEDxSydney conference

For the second year running, Settlement Services International (SSI) is the official community partner for TEDxSydney.

Entrepreneur with disability breaking down barriers

No-one knows more about the barriers people with disability face every day than someone with a lifetime of first-hand experience. But what can apparently be a drawback has been used by Yagoona resident Quang Nyugen as a drive to establish his own business, while also finding a way to help the community.

Employment expo opens the door for refugee job seekers

More than 500 job seekers of refugee background received first-hand advice and guidance on how to access sustainable employment at the Refugee Job Start: Information Expo in October.

Refugee education, employment at heart of SSI Mosaic Gala

When Elaha* was seven, her parents made the heartbreaking decision to send her to live in India so she could enjoy a more free life than in her native country. Growing up in a foster care home away from her family, Elaha always made an extra effort with her education as she felt that would help to justify her parents’ sacrifice.

SSI showcases innovative housing solutions at Cultural Shift

An SSI Housing presentation at Cultural Shift 2017 showcased projects offering affordable housing alternatives for vulnerable communities in NSW, including the Emergency Housing Accommodation (EHA) program and a modular home project.

‘Russ the Story Bus’ fosters children’s love for books

A group of 15 children and their mothers, who are in Australia seeking asylum, took part in a creative excursion to the Auburn Friendship Garden, organised by SSI and the Sydney Writers’ Festival (SWF) for the school holidays.

Friendship Garden a home away from home

The Sydney suburb of Auburn may seem worlds away from Nigeria, but one new Australian has found a small patch of home in an inclusive community gardening project in western Sydney.

Powerful range of experiences at New Beginnings workshops

At the New Beginnings: Refugee Arts & Culture Festival 2016, the fun won’t end with the music and dance performances. A host of original workshops will also expose attendees to new experiences ranging from relaxing yoga with sacred Aboriginal sounds to vibrant African dance and drumming.

Interest blossoms into a career for carpenter seeking asylum

Participating in an inclusive community garden project has given a young man seeking asylum the skills to turn his interest in carpentry into a career.