Case studies

Stories from people involved in our programs.

A sweet start

A sweet start

Ballina local, Sue Milne, had created a life centred around community and connection, but she’d never experienced it like this before. With a bunch of friends and neighbours, Sue formed a support group to welcome refugee newcomers to Ballina. It turned out to be one...

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Helping hands to start anew

Helping hands to start anew

“I did not know this much joy would be unlocked,” beamed Maggie Patterson, a CRISP supporter group coordinator based in Goulburn, NSW. This joy came from welcoming and supporting a Syrian refugee family back in August 2022. The Alkhusi’s had arrived with only a few...

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Zara*’s Story

“I fled Afghanistan with my family one year ago, when the Taliban took over the government. It was very strange in Australia - everything was new and there were a lot of challenges! I had been...

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