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.

About Our Training

This training is mandatory for groups that wish to participate in our Group Mentorship Program and will help groups prepare to be sponsors for refugees arriving from overseas in the future, should the government introduce a new community sponsorship program.

Capacity is limited and we will select groups in a way that provides an appropriate balance of geographic areas and a diversity of community groups.

If you are interested in receiving this training, the first step is to tell us a bit about your group by filling out this expression of interest form. We will then be in touch to let you know about upcoming online information sessions that you can attend to find out more.

Training Overview

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:

  • The Guiding Principles of Refugee Mentorship/Sponsorship and Refugee Experiences
  • Managing Expectations and Cultural Considerations
  • Roles and Responsibilities of Mentor/Sponsor Groups and Other Stakeholders Involved
  • 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.

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