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Training for community groups

We have developed a comprehensive training package for community groups looking to offer practical support to refugee households in their local communities, based on a training package originally developed by international community sponsorship experts.

Training for community groups

Drawing from internationally recognised modules developed by our colleagues at the Global Refugee Sponsorship Initiative, we have developed a comprehensive training package adapted for an Australian context to help prepare community groups to support newly-arrived refugees in their communities.

Over a series of self-paced and group learning modules, the training provides an opportunity for community groups to learn about:

  • The Global Community Sponsorship movement and its guiding principles including
    • Managing expectations
    • Considering culture
    • Considering power and agency
    • Privacy and confidentiality
  • Refugee experiences
  • Roles and responsibilities of community groups, refugee newcomers, and other stakeholders in the ecosystem
  • Group dynamics and communication
  • Working from a strengths-based and trauma-informed perspective

Upcoming training dates, January – April 2023

January February March April

Saturday 21st:

10am – 1pm

Saturday 4th:

10am – 1pm

Thursday 2nd:

6pm – 9pm

Saturday 1st:

10am – 1pm

Tuesday 31st:

6pm – 9pm

Tuesday 14th:

6pm – 9pm

Saturday 4th:

1pm – 4pm

Thursday 13th:

6pm – 9pm

 

Saturday 18th:

10am – 1pm

Saturday 25th:

10am – 1pm

Saturday 22nd:

1pm – 4pm

 

Please note:

  • All times are in AEST/AEDT (Melb/Syd/Can time)
  • All training sessions will be held online via Zoom
  • CRSA may cancel published sessions subject to registration numbers

Once we have received your intention to apply and as your group is screened, you will be invited to attend mandatory training to progress to the next stage of the program. This includes completing two self-paced modules on our LMS (learning management system) and attending one workshop as a group on Zoom (see dates above).

We hold training sessions to prepare groups for matching with refugee households on a regular basis. We ask that all group members attend the same session together as a group, so please discuss this with the rest of your group before registering for training.

Registration details and other relevant training information will be shared with you in due course as your application progresses.

National community of practice and ‘top up’ training

Community groups who have undertaken our training are invited to become part of a national community of practice that links them with similar groups around the country and overseas. This national network is offered additional ‘top up’ training throughout the year on topics of particular interest as well as opportunities to share and learn from other community groups through:

  • Online peer forums (one per month)
  • Digital platforms (e.g. Facebook groups)
  • Other ad hoc opportunities

Some of the topics covered through ‘top up’ training include:

  • Supporting people who have experienced torture and trauma
  • How to help individuals secure suitable employment
  • Recognising and dealing with domestic and family violence
  • How to support children and young people
  • How to navigate various government agencies and service providers
  • How to work with interpreters

Upcoming community of practice events

Month / Time Topic

February

12pm – 1.30pm

Refugee Health Services

Family reunification pathways

March

12pm – 1pm

Working with interpreters

April

6pm – 7.30pm

Self-care & vicarious trauma – mindfulness workshops

[note – this session will not be recorded]

May

12pm – 1.30pm

Group dynamics – managing conflict, engagement and compromise

June

12pm – 1.30pm

Ending formal support

 

Please note:

  • All sessions will be held on the third (3rd) Wednesday of each month at the scheduled time
  • All times are in AEST/AEDT (Melb/Syd/Can time)
  • All sessions will be held online via Zoom
  • Registration to attend a session will be shared via the community of practice facebook group and via email
  • CRSA may cancel or reschedule published sessions if necessary