Training for Volunteer 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 online and in-person workshops, the training provides an opportunity for community groups to learn about:

  • Roles and responsibilities of your community groups versus other stakeholders
  • The responsibilities of the group under the program that they are involved in and the ecosystem within which they are operating
  • The guiding principles of for providing community-led support to refugees
  • Refugee experiences
  • Managing expectations and cultural Considerations
  • Considering Power, Agency, Privacy and Confidentiality

We offer additional training opportunities to groups who are participating in our Group Mentorship Program, covering topics such as: supporting refugee families with young children; providing employment support; recognising and dealing with domestic and family violence; health and wellbeing needs of newly-arrived refugees; supporting people who have experienced torture and trauma, and more.

If you are interested in getting involved in our 2021 Group Mentorship Program, fill out this expression of interest form and we will be in touch when the program is launched.

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 similar groups overseas. This national network is offered additional ‘top up’ training throughout the year on topics of particular interest as well as an opportunities to share and learn from other community groups through:

  • Online peer forums (approximately every two months)
  • Digital platforms (eg WhatsApp group chats and 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 

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