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Blue Mountains Refugee Support Group Inc

Blue Mountains Refugee Support Group was founded in 2001, twenty years ago. We are a group of ordinary Australians who remain united by the vision of a compassionate Australia where people seeking refuge and asylum are treated with justice and compassion. We are all volunteers. BMRSG has no particular religious or political affiliation except a commitment to common decency.


Friendship and support

We offer friendship and practical support for refugees and those seeking asylum.


Enabling Self Help

We enable refugees to thrive, not just survive as they develop their skills, activities and businesses.


Education and advocacy

We provide community education on refugee issues and advocate for government policies which reflect the spirit of the 1951 Refugee Convention 

Achievements

During 2021 financial year two areas of assistance stood out, rent relief and food assistance as people with casual work lost hours due to COVID.

407

 Christmas presents to refugee children

$116,000

Spent on rental assistance

50

CV’s and job applications

These achievements are only possible due to our wonderful volunteers. Visitors who stay in contact with those seeking asylum in the community and in detention, those who organise and support our Cars for Refuges program, the mentoring and English conversation volunteers, employment assistance team and fundraisers are just some who bring hope to so many.,

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Amazingly it’s the seventh year of the Youth Shoebox Project. With schools under pressure and an increased demand for our new Afghan arrivals, we need more help than usual.

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Keep up to date on important reports, our submissions to government, other advocacy sites and our latest newsletters.

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Due to COVID many refugees have lost their casual jobs. In 2021 we spent $209 000 on refugee support mostly on rent relief and food assistance. 

What we do

We offer friendship and practical support for refugees and people seeking asylum to enable refugees to thrive, not just survive as they develop their own skills activities and businesses

Young Supporters Spotlight

Prize winners in the BMRSG Video and Poster Competition 2021

View all video entries on the Blue Mountains Refugee Support Group YouTube channel.

Click for information on Student Video and Poster Competition 2022

First Prize winner;   Aimee Maric from Kindlehill High School

Joint Second Prize winner; Alice Van, Claire Wren, Rachel Kors from Smith’s Hill High School

Joint Second Prize winner; Oscar Finley and Matthew Zielinski from Smith’s Hill High School

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