Featured Volunteer Opportunity

Youth at Work Mentor SSI Youth@Work mentors support young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds to adapt to the workplace and stay in work in Australia.

The program aims to enhance the career outcomes of participants who often find it difficult to secure long term employment in Australia because of language and cultural barriers.

Mentors connect with participants via phone, email, text or in person for up to six months to help young people set the foundations for their career goals.

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Volunteer Opportunities

Hubs PlaygroupThe Community Hubs Program is based in primary schools. It aims to support migrant and refugee families (including children 0 to 5 years of age) by offering meaningful social activities, as well as access to support services, including local education, health, community and settlement services.

The Playgroup assistant will work alongside the facilitator to support the smooth running of playgroups by assisting with children’s activities, set up and pack up of resources, and by providing language assistance as required.

Playgroup assistants are required at various locations in Bankstown, Cumberland, Parramatta, Blacktown and Fairfield. Attendance is required at a minimum of two sessions per fortnight. Times and days will vary across hubs and playgroups are only held during school terms.

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Success stories

Karim's small business success while seeking asylum

Ignite Small Business Start-ups client Karim.Karim* arrived in Australia in 2012 to seek asylum when it became unsafe for him to stay in Iran.

An electrical engineer by trade and with a wealth of experience, he owned and operated his own business in his home town of Shiraz, Iran.

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