Refugee Support

Encounters

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Stand Up matches women, men and youth from the Sudanese community with volunteer mentors, encouraging cross-cultural exchange, ongoing friendships and English support.

Stand Up matches women, men and youth from the Sudanese community  with volunteer mentors, encouraging cross-cultural exchange, ongoing friendships and English support.

The Encounters program enables us to tailor a learning program to the specific needs of each community member and may include assistance with reading, writing and pronunciation, familiarisation in the Melbourne CBD, assistance with filling in forms and/or homework support.

Through Encounters, firm friendships are formed between Sudanese community members and volunteer participants based on mutual trust and respect.

“The change in Fawzia over the last two years of visiting is remarkable. She has blossomed into a confident, capable and enthusiastic person, empowered now to study and pursue her passion for childcare. I am so excited to have been part of the change and the journey.”
-Galit Krongold, Encounters Volunteer

While volunteers are required to commit to a minimum six months, most relationships continue for much longer.

Empowerment Fund: Provides small grants to Sudanese community members who are undertaking further studies required for future employment or to participate in music lessons or sports clubs.
What: Spend time assisting Sudanese families integrate into the Australian community. Volunteers will assist with a range of tasks on a one-to-one basis.
Where: In home support, or at a mutually convenient location in the Dandenong area or Melbourne CBD.
When: Time varies according to individual needs and arrangements. Volunteers are expected to commit to weekly meetings with their Sudanese counterpart.