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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
Community Refugee Integration and Settlement Pilot (CRISP) Upcoming Training Dates – August to Dec 2022
Month Workshop 1 Workshop 2
Aug Tuesday 2nd – 6-9pm
Saturday 13th – 1-4pm
Tuesday 23rd – 6-9pm
Saturday 27th – 10am-1pm
Sep Saturday 3rd – 10am-1pm
Thursday 15th – 6-9pm
Saturday 24th – 1-4pm
Tuesday 27th – 6-9pm
Oct Tuesday 4th – 6-9pm
Sunday 16th – 10am-1pm
Sunday 16th – 2-5pm
Tuesday 25th – 6-9pm
Nov Saturday 5th – 10am-1pm
Thursday 24th – 6-9pm
Saturday 12th – 10am-1pm
Dec Tuesday 6th – 6-9pm
Group Mentorship Program (GMP) Upcoming Training Dates – August to Dec 2022
Month Workshop 1 Workshop 2
Aug Tuesday 2nd– 6-9pm
Saturday 13th – 1-4pm
Tuesday 16th – 6-7.30pm
Sep Saturday 3rd – 10am-1pm
Thursday 15th – 6-9pm
Tuesday 13th – 6-7.30pm
Oct Tuesday 4th – 6-9pm
Sunday 16th – 10am-1pm
Tuesday 18th – 6-7.30pm
Nov Saturday 5th – 10am-1pm Tuesday 22nd – 6-7.30pm
Please note:

  • All times are in AEST/AEDT (Melb/ Syd/ Can time)
  • All training sessions will be held online via zoom

Once we have received your intention to apply and as your group undergoes screening, you will be invited to attend mandatory training to progress to the next stage of the program. This includes attending two training sessions: Workshop 1 and Workshop 2, and completing some individual and group homework in between sessions.

We hold monthly training sessions to prepare groups for matching with refugee households on a regular basis. You can see our June to December training dates above. 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 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