Achievements

From March 2020 to March 2021 28 unemployed refugee families were saved from homelessness by the provision of rent relief.

Around 50 refugees had assistance with CV’s and job applications.   

More than 40 phones were provided to refugees in detention and the community.

BMRSG was contacted by Universities in Tokyo and USA for permission to use the winning videos from our student video competition.

More than 500 letters were written to politicians and newspapers by our letter writing team during the last 12 months.

25 refugees in detention were in regular contact with our visitors in 2020-21.

 

  • $6M of relief was provided to people on temporary visas by NSW government after lobbying by groups that BMRSG was part of.
  • Each Christmas hundreds of refugee children receive a personal welcome note from a local school child in shoeboxes containing age-appropriate gifts. 409 shoe boxes were given out for Christmas 2020.
  • 63 households were in ongoing contact with BMRSG over the last year for friendship and support including assistance with visa applications, help with medical issues, managing contact with schools and landlords, legal costs and food vouchers.
  • Refugees have started their own businesses with support from our members. These include a picture framing business, gardening businesses, a second-hand car parts business pulling apart cars BMRSG has been donated which are not suitable for repair, a market garden, a café and a catering business. BMRSG assists with promotion, cars, help with understanding the laws around tax, renting and safety and the occasional second-hand computer.
  • The cars for refugees project has enabled people to access work, start businesses, access cheaper food and social supports. Around 40 cars have been provided over the last 2 years thanks to partnerships with generous donors, tradespeople and a local high school.
  • The Ocean 12 cricket team grew out of the depression and despair endemic amongst Tamil asylum seekers. Forming the team has improved their mental health and their cricket over the last 7 years.  Now they are national champions, read more.

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