The SSI Volunteer Program provides friendship and practical support for recently arrived refugees, humanitarian entrants and asylum seekers. Regular induction courses provide volunteers with a detailed introduction to the organisation and its services. Volunteers have a choice of several programs which they can support, from assisting new arrivals to do their shopping to facilitating recreational activities.

three women volunteers preparing a meal
Some of the volunteers who help at Community Kitchen.

How can you help?

Volunteers can get involved in a number of activities to help newly arrived refugees and asylum seekers, such as:

  • Taking individuals and families food shopping
  • Helping newly arrived refugees and asylum seekers to become more familiar with the Sydney region
  • Assisting with transport education
  • Assisting with excursions and social activities designed to help individuals and families in the early stages of resettlement
  • Accompanying individuals to essential appointments
  • Linking individuals with relevant community organisations and events
  • Assisting with the preparation and serving of a fortnightly community meal for refugees and asylum seekers living in the community
  • Interacting with individuals at regular community initiatives such as the community garden
  • Engaging with mothers and children in a playgroup setting and helping to coordinate children’s activities

A soccer team of players from Afghan backgrounds
Volunteers can support SSI clients to pursue sports and other activities. 

During the past year the program has:

  • linked newly arrived asylum seekers to various community groups and organisations including Tamil, Sikh, and Hazara youth community organisations
  • provided language support, including with learning English
  • helped run SSI Community Kitchens
  • recruited newly arrived refugees to the program
  • participated in community cultural events
  • supported events for asylum seekers and refugees

How to become a volunteer

Joining our Volunteer Program is easy. Apply to become a volunteer by visiting the Volunteer Opportunities page, at the link below:

Volunteer Opportunities

Alternatively, call: 1800 912 823

Success stories

Bassam Maaliki, a 14-year-old student wins Youth Community Medal at NSW Premier’s Harmony Dinner

Bassam Maaliki, Youth Community Award Winner with The Hon. Ray Williams MP and Jada Mathyssen-Whyman goalkeeper for Western Sydney Wanderers.Bassam Maaliki, a 14-year-old student at Homebush Bay High School and founder of the social change campaign #uBelong, was announced winner of the Youth Medal at the NSW Premier’s Harmony Dinner on 21 March 2018.

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